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Warhol and the Holy Grail tapestries exhibited in Birmingham

Andy Warhol image of Marilyn Monroe Image copyright Andy Warhol Foundation
Image caption Andy Warhol's tapestry of Marilyn Monroe is on display in Birmingham

An Andy Warhol tapestry of Marilyn Monroe has gone on show alongside others from the 19th Century depicting the search for the Holy Grail.

They are part of an exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery put together by Turner Award-winning artist Jeremy Deller.

Also featured are Warhol's portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Collins.

William Morris's Holy Grail tapestries are being exhibited for the first time in seven years after being cleaned.

Andy Warhol

Image copyright Andy Warhol Foundation
Image caption Joan Collins by Andy Warhol
  • Born in 1928
  • A leading proponent of the "pop art" genre, a post-war style based on vivid imagery from popular culture
  • Famous for producing works featuring Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, as well as pieces highlighting everyday items such as soup cans
  • In 2011, a self-portrait sold for £1.8m
  • Died in 1987

The three Quest for the Holy Grail tapestries were commissioned in 1895 by the industrialist Laurence Hodson, for his house Compton Hall near Wolverhampton.

They were produced by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and John Henry Dearle.

Image copyright Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Image caption The Failure of Sir Gawaine; Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine at the Ruined Chapel, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, John Henry Dearle is also in the exhibition
Image copyright Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Image caption The Arming and Departure of the Knights, also by William Morris, Sir Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle

William Morris

  • Born in 1834
  • Led the Arts and Crafts movement
  • Designed wallpaper he hoped would bring aesthetic beauty to ordinary homes
  • Died in 1896

The exhibition continues until 6 September.

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