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National Portrait Gallery celebrates Michael Jackson

Landmark exhibition timed to coincide with what would have been star’s 60th birthday.

A new summer exhibition has opened at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the cultural influence of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall has been timed to coincide with what would have been the star’s 60th birthday (August 29). It has been produced with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson Estate.

The landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Michael 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 40 of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

As well as Andy Warhol, other artists featured include Todd Gray, Keith Haring, KAWS, David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry.

A range of free and ticketed events including talks and workshops are running alongside the exhibition, while there is also a range of special merchandise available.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs until October 21.

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