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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Warhol Pop Gets Week In Moscow

A retrospective of Pop art king Andy Warhol will begin Tuesday at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.

The late Warhol, a flamboyant leader of the Pop art movement who once sent autographed tins of Campbell's Soup to rock stars Viktor Tsoi and Boris Grebenshchikov, is being welcomed with open arms in Moscow.

The Pushkin exhibit, called "Andy Warhol: His Art and Life (1928-1987)," will run until July 3, but its first seven days — Warhol Week in Moscow — will be crammed with a smorgasbord of Warhol-inspired events, including a film retrospective at the Cinema Museum, parties, exhibitions and talks by Warhol experts and former collaborators.

The works, which come from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, have been displayed at venues worldwide, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg last year. The exhibit features art from the 1950s to the end of Warhol's life, including his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, and a number of his Campbell's Soup prints.

"Warhol would have loved that his art was being shown in such a historic museum," said Thomas Sokolowski, director of the Pittsburgh museum, at a news conference Monday.

Warhol visited Moscow once in 1978 and said he could see no beauty in a place that had no McDonald's. But Moscow and its artists have certainly found something in Warhol.

"The main thing was his flexibility," said gallery owner Marat Guelman.

Guelman said he hoped holding such an exhibition at one of Moscow's most prestigious museums would help legitimize contemporary Russian art.

One Warhol week event to be held at Guelman's gallery will feature dozens of Russian artists aping Warhol with works depicting 24 cans of caviar or 10,000 women's left ears, or a portrait of Kazakhstan's leader Nursaltan Nazarbayev ? la Warhol's portrait of Mao Zedong.

The festival will also include nearly 30 of Warhol's films, among them "Empire," the eight-hour slow-motion chronicle of the Empire State Building and the risque "Blowjob," a 36-minute record of a man's changing facial expressions under easy-to-guess circumstances.

In 1985, after seeing some Soviet paintings, an impressed Warhol sent the autographed soup tins and a book with his philosophical tract to artists and musicians in the Soviet Union.

Those cans of soup that didn't explode and weren't eaten will be on display at the American Cultural Center. Warhol Week in Moscow Web Site