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

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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.

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 brings 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.

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

Supported by the Michael Jackson Exhibition Circle

National Portrait Gallery (London)

28 June - 21 October 2018 (Now closed)

Grand Palais (Paris, France)

23 November 2018 – 14 February 2019

Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany)

22 March – 14 July 2019

Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) (Espoo, Finland)

21 August 2019 – 26 January 2020

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Featured Artists

Rita Ackerman, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Emma Amos, Lyle Ashton Harris, Dara Birnbaum, Candice Breitz, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Monster Chetwynd, Michael Craig-Martin, Dexter Dalwood, Graham Dolphin, Mark Flood, Isa Genzken, Michael Gitttes, Todd Gray, Maggi Hambling, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Jonathan Horowitz, Gary Hume, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Johannes Kahrs, KAWS, David LaChapelle, Louise Lawler, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Sam Lipp, Isaac Lythgoe, Paul McCarthy, Rodney McMillian, Dawn Mellor, Dan Mihaltianu, Lorraine O'Grady, Catherine Opie, Yan Pei Ming, Grayson Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Faith Ringgold, Michael Robinson, Mark Ryden, Susan Smith-Pinelo, Donald Urquhart, Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Andy Warhol and Jordan Wolfson

Special guests visit the exhibition

Michael Jackson: On the Wall Hardcover Catalogue

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. This book, examines their artistic responses to an enduring international icon.

Exhibition Shop

Exclusive range of products and gifts inspired by the exhibition, are now available to pre-order and buy from the Gallery shops and online

Listen on Spotify

Playing the biggest hits, click image below to find your favorites.



Billie Jean ● Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough ● Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' ● Black or White ● Thriller ● Love Never Felt so Good●Bad - 2012 Remaster.P.Y.T ● (Pretty Young Thing) ● Remember the Time &#9679 Smooth Criminal - 2012 Remaster ● Xscape ● Beat It - Single Version ● Rock with You - Single Version ● You Rock My World ● The Way You Make Me Feel ● Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - Single Edit ● Jam.Human Nature ● They Don't Care About Us ● Scream&bull ● Leave Me Alone - 2012 Remaster ● Off the Wall ● Hollywood Tonight ● The Girl Is Mine&bull ● Man in the Mirror - 2012 Remaster ● In the Closet ● Dirty Diana - 2012 Remaster ● She's Out of My Life - Single Version ● I Just Can't Stop Loving You - 2012 Remaster ● Heal the World