Tate Modern’s anticipated Andy Warhol exhibit premiered merely five days before the gallery was forced to shut down amid coronavirus regulations. However, the Tate Collective’s London branch crafted a virtual experience of their showcase so Warhol admirers would be able to see portions of the exhibit from home. Tate Curators Gregor Muir and Fiontán Moran each explore some of the major themes and pieces included in this collection in the virtual tour they released on April 6. “This is how we deliver Tate’s purpose in an interconnected, digital way,” says the Tate’s digital director, Hilary Knight.
In the video, Moran says that those building the collection “really wanted to return to the man [that Andy Warhol was] and think about all of the desires, the fears that may have drove him to create art.” This central focus is expounded on in the exhibit guide, which goes into detail about each of the rooms throughout the tour, and the connections between the artworks and corresponding moments in Warhol’s life. These central themes surrounding Warhol’s immigrant story, his queer identity, and the idea of death and religion, are all featured throughout the multimedia artworks in the gallery’s display.
Additionally, the London based art gallery has also debuted an episode of their current podcast series, The Art Of…, on The Art of Persona, where they discuss Warhol’s legendary public persona. Although the Tate Modern is still closed, the exhibit will be running through September 6. For now though, you can virtually visit the exhibit through this videoed tour and capture a little of the magic that was Andy Warhol.