A Few Warhol Photos

Photographs on Display in the Salm Palace

Through a maze of rooms in the National Gallery’s Salm Palace, an exhibition of photos by pop art icon Andy Warhol is sandwiched between neoclassical portraits and sprawling Romantic-era landscapes. The collection was donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts for the National Gallery’s new exhibit “Generosity. The Art of Giving,” marking the Gallery’s 220th anniversary. The photos made their debut in late February, delayed by three weeks due to bad weather in the United States.

When one finally stumbles upon the photographs, there is little indication they were taken by Warhol. The colorful canvases and iconic imagery he is known for are absent from this exhibition; instead, there are a menagerie of Polaroids, gelatin silver prints, and a couple of black and white stitched panels. These offer a rare look into Warhol’s daily life behind the lens, which resulted in over 30,000 photos taken during his lifetime.

The Polaroids offer a more candid take on the glitz and glamour of celebrity that always piqued Warhol’s interest. Casual snapshots of actors, lovers, and multi-millionaires are matted side by side, a testament to the assortment of personalities that Warhol surrounded himself with.

The other works in the exhibit are a subdued depiction of Warhol’s interest in everyday objects—vegetables and silverware, arranged neatly in sets of four. One set of prints, a shot of a shop’s window, emblazoned with the word “SALE,” hints at the undertones of consumerism present in Warhol’s depiction of American brands, while the repetition of the stitched panels echoes some of his most famous silk-screen works, like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis.

As quickly as the collection appears, unmistakably mounted against sunshine yellow walls, it ends. Visitors suddenly remember that the room is also filled with canvases and sculpture from a bygone era, and in comparison, Warhol’s photographs seem like nothing more than a glimpse into the future—though a small one at that.

This collection of photos is far from substantial, and may not be enough to satiate the causal Warhol enthusiast. But for those looking for even a brief peek behind the scenes of the great pop artist’s life, head to the exhibition at Salm Palace. You just might have some trouble finding it.

Admission price is 220 kc for an annual pass allowing access to all National Gallery exhibits in 2016.

For more information please visit: www.ngprague.cz

Related articles

  • The Prague Orgy - a new Czech film in English in Czech cinemas by Michal Kráčmer


  • Festival 4+4 Days in Motion by Eliška Míkovcová (4+4 Festival)

    Festival 4+4 Days in Motion to start in Desfours Palace, this year’s slogan is Nobody Has Anything

  • Lunchmeat Festival 2019—Dark Stars on the Horizon by Tony Ozuna - (Photo Lunchmeat Festival)

    Lunchmeat Festival returns to Prague at the end of September as the leading arena for cutting-edge electronic music and with more audio-visual punch than ever before. Their new motto is a challenge to the mainstream: “obsessed with audio-visual mindf**cks— & those who question the status quo.”

  • The Best European Locations For Hen & Stag Do's by Lucy Stevens

    Alpha Travel Insurance have ranked Europe's top Stag and Hen do destinations and indexed them based on factors including the cost of flights and hotel, the cost of a pint and the number of bars and activities available to find out which city comes out on top.

  • Circus and Theatre Festival Letní Letná Kicks off Next Week by Paul Lysek

    The "Leave the Crowd Speachless" Summer Circus Festival is back for its 16th Season at Letna.

  • Events for the week of August 19 - 23 by Narmin Ismiyeva

    We've highlighted five events for this week including The Great Beauty, Latino Anděl and Festival of Illustration.

  • Events for the weekend 17 - 18 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you making plans for the weekend? We've highlighted six events including the 1981 Secondhand Festival, beer tasting in the Botanical Garden, Etnopicnic and a lesson of Argentine tango atop Lucerna. 

  • Events for the weekend 3 - 4 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you making plans for the weekend? We've selected six events including the Czech version of the famous South Asian festival of love and colors that will take place on Střelecký Island on Saturday.

  • Events for the week 29 July - 2 August by Narmin Ismiyeva

    Are you in Prague this week looking for things to do? We have one event for each day, including yoga in Stromovka and screening of Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel in Karlín.

  • New exhibition opens at National Library of Technology by Narmin Ismiyeva

    The National Library of Technology in Dejvice (NTK) is especially popular among students, however, anyone can have access to its study areas. Go explore the unique space and the art exhibition it is currently presenting.

Facebook comments

Norbert’s donuts

Superb Donuts in the heart of Prague

Burrito Loco Spálená

Tasty Fresh Mexican fast food in Prague

Ristorante Casa de Carli

Authentic Italian cuisine in Prague

Pražské Benátky

Enjoy Prague from a different view

Charles Bridge Museum

Discover the history of Prague’s famous Charles Bridge

Trabant Museum Prague

Trabant Museum @ STK Motol

Army Museum Žižkov

Armádní muzeum Žižkov

National Memorial to the...

Národní památník hrdinů heydrichiády


Prague’s # 1 source for Czech news in English…


Expat and Czech Business Professional Network


German Language Info Service