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The National Portrait Gallery in London has revealed a new exhibition, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, set to open next summer.

The landmark display will open to visitors on 28th June 2018 and will run until 21st October 2018.

Michael Jackson: On The Wall

The exhibition, which will coincide with what would have been the star’s 60th birthday, will explore how he inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art.

It will explore the impact and influence of Jackson on contemporary artists and the continued interest in him as a major cultural figure.

The display, at the gallery in St Martin’s Place, will include a selection of works by some of the most important contemporary artists working today, but also include from emerging artists. 

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, commented: “Michael Jackson: On the Wall takes an entirely new and quite radical approach by exploring the cultural impact of a unique figure through contemporary art. All the artists included - despite coming from different generations and parts of the world, and employing a range of media – are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented. 

“The exhibition breaks new ground for the National Portrait Gallery in its subject matter and the breadth and profile of the artists who have been invited to participate. It will open up new avenues for thinking about art and identity, encourage new dialogues between artists and invite audiences interested in popular culture and music to engage with contemporary art. Like its subject, we hope this exhibition will be inclusive in appeal, uncompromising in artistic integrity and in the process break down barriers.”

Group prices are £17 standard £16 concessions.

About Michael Jackson

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 impact on contemporary art is an untold story; one that has not been recognised with an international loan exhibition such as this.

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