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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. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, our summer exhibition has opened to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on 29 August 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 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.

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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

Until 21 October 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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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



ABC, 2017 by Graham Dolphin Courtesy of the artist © Graham Dolphin

Jackson 5 young people’s ticket

500 £5 tickets are available every day to anyone aged 25 years and under. Book online or in person at the Gallery. Under 12s are free and family tickets are also available. Subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. Proof of age will be required.

Events

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

Events (19)

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

ABC family activities: Decorate a white glove

ABC family activities: Decorate a white glove

  • Workshop||Family

13 August - 19 August 2018, 11:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.
First session: 11.30 - 13.00
Second session: 14.30 - 16.00

Inspired by our summer exhibition - Michael Jackson: On the Wall, decorate a white glove in this fabric craft activity and show off your creation for a photograph to take home. All materials provided.


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ABC family activities: Pick up photography skills

ABC family activities: Pick up photography skills

  • Workshop||Family

20 August - 24 August 2018, 11:00-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.
First session: 11.00 - 12.00
Second session: 12.15 - 13.15
Third session: 14.00 - 15.00
Fourth session: 15.15- 16. 15

Work with a photographer to create portraits of your family.


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Guest DJ Edward Adoo

Guest DJ Edward Adoo

  • Music||Friday Lates

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

Known for his opinionated views on TV and dulcet tones on the radio, BBC Broadcaster Edward Adoo shares his ultimate Michael Jackson soundtrack with originals, re-edits and other artists who reflected the sound and influence of MJ including  Loose Ends, Soul II Soul and Cameo.


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ABC family activities: Design a t-shirt

ABC family activities: Design a t-shirt

  • Workshop||Family

25 August - 26 August 2018, 11:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.
First session: 11.30 - 13.00
Second session: 14.30 - 16.00

Work with an artist to decorate your own t-shirt with slogans and designs inspired by our Votes for Women: Pioneers display. All materials provided.


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ABC family activities: Paint a portrait

ABC family activities: Paint a portrait

  • Workshop||Family

27 August 2018, 11:30-16:00
Education Studio
Free
Ticket required available at Gallery one hour before.
First session: 11.30 - 13.00
Second session: 14.30 - 16.00

Join artist Robin Lee Hall to learn to paint a portrait, taking inspiration from our summer exhibition BP Portrait Award. All materials provided.


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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

29 August 2018, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner 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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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

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

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Life Drawing: Thriller

Life Drawing: Thriller

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

Our popular life-drawing sessions take place on the last Friday of each month in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided.


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Guest DJ: Sumsuch

Guest DJ: Sumsuch

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
7 September 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

A musician and producer for almost two decades, Sumsuch’s brand of deep-thinking electronic music has found favour with discerning DJs the world over


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: They Don’t Care About Us

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: They Don’t Care About Us

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

Dr Christine Checinska leads a panel discussion exploring the impact of Michael Jackson’s style and image on black culture.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
14 September 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Guest DJ: Claudia Wilson

Guest DJ: Claudia Wilson

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
21 September 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

A musician and producer for almost two decades, Sumsuch’s brand of deep-thinking electronic music has found favour with discerning DJs the world over


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
28 September 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Guest DJ: Ruby Savage

Guest DJ: Ruby Savage

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
5 October 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as Ruby Savage creates a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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Photo collage workshop

Photo collage workshop

  • Workshop||Young People

7 October 2018, 13:00-16:00
Main Hall
Free but booking required

Work with artist Gisela Torres to create a self-portrait incorporating images of yourself and the Collection, inspired by the Michael Jackson exhibition.


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Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
12 October 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.


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Symposium: Fashioning Michael Jackson

Symposium: Fashioning Michael Jackson

19 October 2018, 13:00-18:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Explore Michael Jackson’s impact and influence on the fashion world. Beginning with a visit to Michael Jackson: On the Wall


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Guest DJ: Just Vibez

Guest DJ: Just Vibez

  • Music||Friday Lates

A part of Friday Lates
19 October 2018, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the bar as Just Vibez create a set in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.


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In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

In Conversation: Michael Jackson: In the Closet

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

A panel discussion looking at Michael Jackson’s impact and enduring legacy as a fashion icon. Speakers include Philip Treacy.


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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

Portrait Restaurant POP Menu

The Portrait Restaurant has views across Trafalgar Square and is the perfect spot for brunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Exhibition ticket holders can enjoy an exclusive three-course POP menu on Fridays with big-flavoured favourites from the USA.

Listen on Spotify

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

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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

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Fridays until 21.00.
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Friday Lates

Enjoy a drink at the bar and music inspired by our exhibitions, join our hugely popular mass art occupation of the Gallery and explore ideas about art, culture and society with our talks programme every Friday until 21.00.