Warhol paintings receive round-the-clock protection

SECURITY guards will be patrolling Cork Public Museum around the clock to guard a multi-million euro exhibition of 31 Andy Warhol paintings, including his legendary depiction of a tin of Campbell’s soup.

The collection arrived in Cork yesterday after being carefully packed in crates at Dublin Castle, where the exhibition had previously been shown.

The collection is from the Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Slovakia, where the late American popular artist has roots.

Entitled Andy Warhol: His Slovak Roots, the exhibition was originally destined for the Cork Vision Centre but had to be switched to the museum so the artworks could be protected from damage caused by daylight.

The collection, along with a series of photographs by Warhol’s protégé, Billy Name, arrived with two curators from the Slovak museum who will hang up the works.

“It’s tremendously exciting as many people will be familiar with mass reproduction of images like the Campbell’s soup tin but there’s nothing like seeing the originals,” said exhibition coordinator John X Miller.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm weekdays, between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays and from 3pm to 5pm Sundays. The venue closes for lunch.

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