The exhibition ‘Andy Warhol : Ten portraits of Jews of the 20th Century’ from the Blavatnik family collection was presented at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.
Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka and Gertrude Stein are the heroes of this exhibition. The collective achievements of this group changed the course of the twentieth century and may be said to have influenced every aspect of human experience.
The portraits were accompanied with archival footage, documents and sound recordings which revealed the life and times of Warhol’s heroes.
The exhibition was shown in two stages. The first was in the form of a clean closed box which stood in the museum foyer before the grand gala dinner. The second, public instalment was made to resemble an altar space with ten iconic faces of genius rising around the viewer on tall pedestals. Accompanying material was located on the reverse side.