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The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum
Thursday 01 Aug 2013
The Temporary Andy Warhol Museum was designed by LIKE Architects to host the exhibition 'Andy Warhol - Icons | Psaier Artworks and the Factory', between April and July 2013, in Colombo Shopping Mall, Lisbon, Portugal: showcasing a total of 32 original works by the legendary American artist.
The space contradicts the notion of having a neutral white exhibition space, and relates the playful tongue-in-cheek style of Warhol’s works using metal paint cans to create an enclosed museum space within the mall. The material creates an environment which is both pop and industrial with an iconic and abstract exterior to mirror the artist’s works inside with a fluid succession of four exhibition rooms.
The interior was designed as an enclosed introspective space, defined by continuous walls, with a transparent cover overhead made with a plastic screen. This cover has the dual function of allowing light to enter from the exterior and assuring the visual relationship between the two confronting spaces: the museum versus the shopping mall. This solution captures the curiosity of visitors, enticing them in for a visit to all those wandering in the higher galleries of the commercial space.
Andy Warhol’s artwork reflects consumer society in a literal way through the raw aluminium sheet of cylindrical cans. Other strands, which were patent in the work of Andy Warhol, were also fundamental in the creation of the architectural space - the repetition (silkscreened) or the idea of sublimating everyday objects, regardless of their original form or function, and transform them into tangible icons of the collective imaginary.
The structural stability of the building was solved by filling the first three rows of cans with sand - foundations -, guaranteeing the stability of the walls and giving greater strength to the cans which are more accessible to the public.
Having received more than 100,000 visitors, the Temporary Andy Warhol Museum sought to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of art, free and accessible to all visitors.