Michael Jackson Exhibit to Open Day After Father’s Death

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While fans may be mourning the death of Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, they can meanwhile look forward to the icon’s memory being showcased at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Thursday, June 28th.

The art exhibition, “Michael Jackson: On the Wall,” is the first to explore the influence of Michael Jackson on contemporary art. Just 24 hours before the exhibition is set to open, Joe Jackson died Wednesday at a Las Vegas, Nevada, hospital. The Jackson patriarch had reportedly been battling pancreatic cancer.

Days before his death, Joe Jackson reportedly tweeted via his verified account, “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”


The exhibition will be open to the public from June 28 to Oct. 21, showcasing works of over 40 artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the occasion. Featured artists will include David LaChapelle, Paul McCarthy and Andy Warhol, among many others.

Artwork to be featured at the gallery

“With his incomparable style Michael Jackson indelibly influenced not only the music scene but the worlds of art and fashion as well. It therefore fills us with pride to have the opportunity of supporting this multi-faceted endeavor as part of our corporate arts program,” said Ingo Wilts, Chief Brand Officer, Hugo Boss AG.

On what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday, BOSS released a capsule collection that includes the suit that Jackson wore on the cover of his game-changing album “Thriller,” accompanied by three unisex T-shirts, each featuring iconic moments in Michael Jackson’s career. The collection pays tribute to the pop legend as both an artist and a style icon, designed to celebrate the King of Pop.

His life was filled with as much fanfare as it was criticism, especially controversy about his family life that included his father. The Jackson patriarch who helped bring The Jackson 5 to fame, was known to have an unconventional and very convential relationship with his children. Several of his children, included Michael, admitted that their father was physically and verbally abusive.

“I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with,” Joe Jackson later said. “I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.”

Regardless of the controversy has surrounded the Jackson family, Michael’s legacy as a cultural icon will forever be celebrated, now including contemporary art.


Elizabeth Nouryeh

Writer for Hers Magazine. Poet. Lover of words. Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

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