An illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Courtesy of the artist. © David LaChapelle

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

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Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate.

Supported by the Michael Jackson Exhibition Circle

Opening Thursday 28 June 2018

Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Friday until 21:00.

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tickets with donation from

£17.50 - £22

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£15.50 - £20

Advance booking is highly recommended for this exhibition.

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Michael Jackson: On the Wall Hardcover Catalogue

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Michael Jackson, one of the most successful recording artists of all time, also has the distinction of being the most depicted cultural figure; an inspiration for an extraordinary array of leading artists – from Andy Warhol and Isa Genzken to David Hammons and Glenn Ligon – working in a variety of styles and media. This book, examines their artistic responses to an enduring international icon.

Michael Jackson: A Celebration

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This remarkable collection of images, drawn from a wide variety of sources, charts the life of an extraordinary artist – from his emerging fame as a child prodigy singing alongside his brothers in the late sixties and seventies, to his status as an international superstar. Pages recalling his early years with the Jackson 5 are followed by a section of photographs of Michael alongside famous friends, collaborators and admirers. There are dynamic shots of the King of Pop at the height of his powers as a solo artist and poignant images from his final months, publicising and rehearsing for the ultimately unrealised ‘This Is It’ concert series.

Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks and workshops complement the exhibition

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18 events matching the search term Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

  • For Members

27 June 2018, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition will bring together the works of over forty artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.


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Resident DJ: Marc Mac (4hero)

Resident DJ: Marc Mac (4hero)

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
29 June 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as DJ Marc Mac (4hero) creates a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: On the Wall

A part of Friday Lates
29 June 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and curator of Michael Jackson: On the Wall, introduces the exhibition and talks to participating artists Todd Gray, Lorraine O’Grady and Isaac Julien.


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One-day Workshop: Michael Jackson

One-day Workshop: Michael Jackson

  • Workshop||Young People

7 July 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free

Booking essential

Join photographer Othello De’souza-Hartley to explore the Michael Jackson exhibition together then create your own work about identity in the photography studio. Free. SLR digital cameras provided.


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Guest DJ: Mr. Thing

Guest DJ: Mr. Thing

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
13 July 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as DJ Mr. Thing creates a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Black or White

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Black or White

A part of Friday Lates
13 July 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

A global icon, Michael Jackson was the first black musician to achieve world-wide fame. His image and music had, and continues to have, an extraordinary impact on culture, which is explored by writer, journalist and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, cultural critic and DJ madison moore and presenter, social historian and writer Emma Dabiri.


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Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

14 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Donald Urquhart leads a one-day masterclass (repeated on Sunday 15 July).


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Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

Weekend Workshop: Donald Urquhart’s Michael Jackson Alphabet: the bigger picture

15 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Donald Urquhart leads a one-day masterclass.


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Screening The Wiz

Screening The Wiz

A part of Friday Lates
20 July 2018, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Fashion scholar Sequoia Barnes introduces this cult classic, a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


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Guest DJ Sophie Callis

Guest DJ Sophie Callis

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Sophie Callis plays a set inspired by Michael Jackson.


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Life Drawing: Strike a Pose! - capturing the art of performance

Life Drawing: Strike a Pose! - capturing the art of performance

A part of Friday Lates
27 July 2018, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for a session focusing on the signature moves of performers including Michael Jackson.


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Weekend Workshop: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

Weekend Workshop: The Way You Make Me Feel: Practical Workshop

28 July - 29 July 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Sadie Lee leads this weekend workshop in response to the On The Wall exhibition, which features work inspired by the life, death and phenomenon of Michael Jackson.


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Guest DJ: Grace George

Guest DJ: Grace George

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
10 August 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Grace George plays a set inspired by Michael Jackson.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

  • Talks and Lectures

A part of Friday Lates
10 August 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Further details will follow. Please check back for updates.


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Weekend Workshop: Man in the Mirror

Weekend Workshop: Man in the Mirror

11 August 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £75 (£65 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Visual artist Othello De’Souza Hartley leads this day-long photography and mixed-media workshop in which you will create a response to the complex figure of Michael Jackson and what he represents to you.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Rock With You

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: Rock With You

A part of Friday Lates
17 August 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Luminaries of the black music scene Lindsay Wesker, Dave VJ and Gordon Mac (Kiss FM and Mi-Soul) talk to DJ, writer and broadcaster Edward Adoo about Michael Jackson’s influence as a global star on bringing black British artists to the mainstream and his legacy on today’s acts.


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Summer Holiday Activities ABC

Summer Holiday Activities ABC

  • Workshop||Family

13 August - 27 August 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.

Our summer exhibitions Michael Jackson: On the Wall and the BP Portrait Award, and Rebel Women –celebrating a centenary of women getting the vote, provide inspiration for two weeks of fun, free, daily art and craft workshops.


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Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Members’ Evening Private View: BP Portrait Award 2018 and Michael Jackson: On the Wall

  • For Members

29 August 2018, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Learner and Wolfson Galleries

These two exhibitions juxtaposed make an exciting evening of contemporary portrait viewing. The Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting with works on display from amateur artists to professionals. Alongside Michael Jackson: On the Wall, you will see how he has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.

Please RSVP for this event from 1 July 2018.


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Competition

Win a night at One Aldwych hotel in London and a pair of tickets to Michael Jackson: On the Wall

In the lead up to the opening of Michael Jackson: On the Wall we are offering one lucky winner and a guest the opportunity to win an overnight stay at One Aldwych, Covent Garden’s contemporary luxury hotel and a pair of tickets to see the landmark exhibition.

The prize includes an overnight weekend stay for two at One Aldwych, a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine in Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar and English breakfast the following morning.

One Aldwych hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, just 10 minutes away from the Gallery, featuring 105 guestrooms and suites, two fabulous dining spots – Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar and Indigo - plus the buzzing Lobby Bar, Screening Room, chlorine-free swimming pool and Health Club, not to mention an extensive collection of contemporary art and sculpture.

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  1. Closing date 28/06/2018. All entries will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be drawn at random and notified by email by 13/07/2018. The winner must claim their prize by 23/07/2018 or it will be considered forfeited and another draw will take place.
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