Warhol For Children



There is no better artist for children than Andy Warhol.

Warhol mastered color so brilliantly, and mixed so well the different media – from paintings, drawings, screen prints, sculptures, films to photographs.

We recently went to see the exquisitely curated “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art with our three year old daughter. The exhibition shows a selection of more than 300 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg. There is also a vitrine filled with objects and souvenirs Andy Warhol kept in his many cartons relating to his trip to Hong Kong in 1982 – From notes scribbled on the Mandarin Hotel paper pad to his suitcase tag.

Children highlights include the Silver Cloud installation – a room filled with floating silver helium balloons you can gently tickle, lift and chase as you please.

There is also the Children’s gallery, which Warhol created for children in the early 1980s.

The gallery shows a series small-scale paintings of monkeys, parrots and fish which Warhol originally installed against a fish wall paper background. He also originally hung these paintings at children’s height so they could view them more easily. On adjacent walls, you can also admire Warhol’s series of endangered species which include the Siberian tiger, black rhinoceros and the giant panda.

It was a real treat to share the exhibition with our three year old daughter who especially loved chasing the silver balloons, admiring Warhol’s crazy hairdo and comparing the different colors of the many Marilyn Monroes.

The exhibition is on until March 31st.


For those who want to bring back some Warhol home to children, there great book initiating children to Warhol’s colors: Andy Warhol’s Colors, by Susan Goldman Rubin.


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