Follow Us on Twitter

Michael Jackson: On the Wall - National Portrait Gallery

Michael Jackson

Exhibition preview

MICHAEL Jackson: On the Wall, a landmark exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, will explore the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.

Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.

Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.

For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate.

Dates: June 28 to October 21, 2018.

Tickets: with donation from £17.50 – £22; without donation from £15.50 – £20. Advance booking is highly recommended.

Times: Open daily from 10am to 6pm. Open late Thursday and Friday until 9pm.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE


The West End musical Thriller Live is also celebrating the genius of Michael Jackson during 2018.