Andy Warhol Museum

Location on map - Andy Warhol Museum
Region: Region Prešov (Prešovský kraj)
District: Medzilaborce
City / Municipality: Medzilaborce
Tourist location: Zemplín - Upper Zemplín (Horný Zemplín)
Mountains:Laborec Highlands (Laborecká vrchovina)
The Andy Warhol Museum is closed for a long time due to renovation

The Andy Warhol Museum is closed for a long time due to renovation

Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art is situated in city of  Medzilaborce in Slovakia. 

Andy Warhol was born on 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh to a family of Ruthenian immigrants issuing from the village of Miková close to Medzilaborce in the territory of present-day Slovakia. He had two elder brothers, Paul (b. 1922, d. 2014) and John (b. 1925, d. 2010). His father Andrej Varchola/Andrew Warhol (b. 1886, d. 1942) was working as labourer and miner. His mother Júlia Varcholová/Julia Warhola (b. 1892, d. 1972) led her children to respect for faith, family, and traditional values. They lived a very modest life, having regularly visited the Greek Catholic Church divine services.

Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in city Medzilaborce was founded in the year 1991 as the first one in the world dedicated to the personality of the King of pop-art. Today, the Museum is a specific trans-regional institution of the museum-gallery type, dealing mainly with current tendencies in contemporary art and especially the life and work of Andy Warhol.

Thanks to Andy Warhol´s brothers John and Paul, Fred Hughes, representing the Andy Warhol Foundation in New York City, and on the initiative of Michal Bycko, PhD., the museum was founded in Medzilaborce as a trans-regional specific institution of a museum-gallery type addressing in particular the current tendencies of contemporary art, and especially the life and work of Andy Warhol.

Formation of the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce was preceded by the activities carried out by Michal Bycko, PhD., first in the Small Gallery of the Club of Friends of Fine Arts affiliated with the Visual Art branch of the Folk School of Arts and later in the Andy Warhol Society in Medzilaborce. During the existence of those institutions, the persons involved succeeded, even during the former political regime, to gather quite a lot of various materials and authentic documents, which are now part of the collection of the Fund and the Archives of the Museum.

Conceptually, it maps, presents, and professionally showcases not just the life and works of Andy Warhol, but also current trends in visual arts and culture, the influence of the ethnic origin of the artist on his work, the influence of pop-art on current art, and the related topics.

This Museum is defined as the largest central collection of paintings and artifacts of Andy Warhol in Slovakia, it is an authority among museums, which meets the expectations of both professionals and general public for its unique position in the international area.