We had the honor to visit of the exhibition Michael Jackson – On the Wall held at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, from November 2018 to February 2019.
This exhibition, originally installed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, aimed to show the influence of the King of Pop on Contemporary Art through works by around 40 famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Michael Jackson was above all an outstanding musician / singer / dancer, with a considerable career and international fame, but because of the unique image he has shaped over the years, he has created a myth which has necessarily been a source of inspiration for some artists, starting with the greatest representatives of Pop Art: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring or Jean Michel Basquiat.
These creations explore the complexity ofVanessa Desclaux, Associate Curator of the exhibition
this artist, both in terms of personality and his artistic musical and choreographic choices and how he
dialogue with social and cultural issues
and policies of his time.
The works presented in this exhibition date, for the older ones, from the 70s, when Michael was still performing with his brothers in the group of Jackson 5 (later renamed The Jacksons). The most recent have been created several years after his tragic death (June 25, 2009) which shows that the myth is alive and well beyond the scope of music …