15.9 2018 – 17.2 2019
Until 1968, Andy Warhol’s art was a blend of fascination and revulsion for the mass media and consumerism. With his background in advertising, Warhol understood the commercial mechanisms of our society, something he monotonously and with seeming indifference came to mirror in his art.
1968 was turbulent politically and culturally, in Sweden and globally. It was also a dramatic year for Warhol on a private level, and he was the victim of a murder attempt a few months after the Stockholm exhibition closed. His practice would take a partly new direction from thereon. Warhol became more commercially calculating in his art, and turned his signature into a trademark that could be used in a variety of media.
“Warhol 1968” revisits the exhibition in 1968, featuring the now famous cow wallpaper, wall photos from the exhibition, quotes and reviews, juxtaposing them with works from the Museum collection, including Marilyn Monroe in Black and White (1962), Brillo Boxes (1964), Chelsea Girls (1966), Ten-Foot Flowers (1967), Electric Chair (1967), Mao (1973), and Cows (1982–1987).
Due to the left-oriented political climate in 1968, the Andy Warhol exhibition was expected to be criticised as American propaganda. However, the opinions of Sweden’s art critics differed widely.
Evening tabloid Aftonbladet’s art critic Bengt Olvång wrote: “We prefer Oldenburg, with his naive delight in plastic objects and his generous warmth for people and their games in this reified society. We feel sympathy for Rosenqvist, who, in the latest issue of Studio International, subscribes to ‘a social realism in blue’. But we can’t deny Warhol his position as an intensive, disillusioned truth-seeker.”
In the broadsheet Dagens Nyheter, the art critic Ulf Linde was far more dismissive: As a word loses its meaning if repeated long enough, his images eventually lose any vestige of meaning that they may originally have had. All that remains is ‘superficiality’.”
Original and copy
“Warhol 1968” features different versions of his Brillo Boxes, as a distinct connection between the time before and after 1968. They also describe the development of Warhol’s artistic practice and might lead to discussions about what can be regarded as original and copy in art.
A Brillo Box also plays the lead in the HBO Documentary Film ”Brillo Box (3 ¢ off)” by Lisanne Skyler, which is now playing in the Mini Cinema in connection with the exhibition. In 1969, Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought an Andy Warhol Brillo Box (3¢ Off) sculpture for $1,000. 40 years later, with Warhol’s reputation as a contemporary-art visionary long secured, the same piece sold for more than $3 million at a record-breaking Christie’s auction in New York. Blending a humorous family narrative with Pop Art history, ”Brillo Box (3 ¢ off)” follows this iconic Andy Warhol work as it makes its way from a New York family’s living room to the contemporary global art market.
Screening at the start of every hour in the Mini Cinema. Length: 40 min. The screening has been made possible by HBO Nordic.
See the trailer: Brillo Box (3ȼ Off) (HBO Documentary Films)
Curator: John Peter Nilsson
15 September–19 October 2018
Admission: 100 kr
Reduced admission: 70 kr (for seniors and students)
20 October 2018–6 January 2019
Including The Moderna Exhibition
Admission: 150 kr
Reduced admission: 120 kr (for seniors and students)
7 January–8 February 2019
Admission: 100 kr
Reduced admission: 70 kr (for seniors and students)
9 February–17 February 2019
Including Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition
Entrépris: 150 kr
Reducerat pris: 120 kr (gäller för studenter och pensionärer)
Free admission for those 18 and under and Friends of Moderna Museet.
Curator tours (in Swedish)
Saturday16 September at 14, with Ylva Hillström, Curator Learning.
Tuesday 2 October at 17.30, with Curator John Peter Nilsson.
Baby tours (in Swedish)
Thursday 25 October at 15–17
Thursday 6 December at 15–17
More information and book tickets to baby tours
Tours for visually impaired (in Swedish)
Thursday 18 October at 17
Tours for group living facilities (in Swedish)
Thursday 11 October at 16–18
Guided tours in different languages
Guided tours in English, Swedish, and other languages are given regularly. All tours and full programme to the exhibition are listed in the calendar: calendar Warhol 1968
The Audio Guide app is free of charge. Experience the exhibition at your own pace. Through the Audio Guide you will learn about Brillo Boxes, Andy Warhol Enterprises and Chelsea Girls. And more. John Peter Nilsson, Curator of ”Warhol 1968” guides you through the exhibition.
With the Audio Guide you can also learn more about Moderna Museet’s comprehensive collection and outdoor sculptures. The Audio Guide is available in Swedish and English, for adults and for children..
You download the Audio Guide to your phone and you use your own headphones. Free wifi is available in the museum.
Moderna Museet Audio Guide in App Store
Moderna Museet Audio Guide in Google play
Holiday event from 4 and up
26 December 2018–5 January 2019
All children from 4 and upwards are welcome to the Workshop for activities during the school break. We start with a tour of the exhibition ”Warhol 1968” (in Swedish), followed by a Workshop session. Welcome!
Read more about the holyday event: Holiday event: Warhol 1968
Series of conversations: SIX TO EIGHT
Welcome to a series that discusses philosophy, aesthetics and religion in relation to politics in 1968 and Warhol. We will talk about issues like: do Andy Warhol’s images reflect the American dream or its troubled underbelly? How are the aesthetic movements in 1968 connected to other social movements? How could Warhol consolidate being a practising Catholic with his decadent partying?
Friday 5 October 2018: Warhol and the American Dream
Friday 19 October 2018: Warhol and the 1968 movements
Friday 23 November 2018: Warhol and religion
Read more about the series: SIX TO EIGHT – a series of conversations in connection with ”Warhol 1968”
Welcome to visit the exhibition with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office
Free admission for:
- School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
- Accompanying teachers and assistants
Book a guided tour or workshop
Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.
Book a guided tour and/or workshop
We offer free teachers’ guides in Swedish for the exhibition. Download the teachers’ guide: Lärarhandledning Warhol 1968 (pdf)
Read more about school visits: School
The exhibition is on the 2nd floor
The exhibition is shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 15 September 2018–17 February 2019 and at Moderna Museet Malmö 30 March–8 September 2019.
Read more about the exhibition in Malmö: Warhol 1968