Vatican drops plans for Andy Warhol show

Warhol exhibition clashes with Vatican's plans for Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary.

The Vatican has reportedly cancelled its plans to host a major exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol, intended to explore the "spiritual side" of the Pop art supremo, according to Artnet News.

The collaboration between Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum and the Vatican Museums, aimed at showcasing Warhol’s Catholicism and the impact it had on his artistic vision, was intended to take place in 2019.

This was first reported in early 2018 in an interview with Vatican Museums director Barbara Jatta in The Art Newspaper. At the time Jatta said she was "finalising discussions" in relation to the Warhol show.

Andy Warhol, a devout Catholic, met Pope John Paul II in 1980.

However the Vatican appears to have stalled its plans to celebrate Warhol, with Jatta citing a clash with projects in honour of Leonardo da Vinci to mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death, in a recent interview with Catholic publication Crux.

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