The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum
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Portuguese studio LIKEarchitects used hundreds of metal paint cans to build this temporary Andy Warhol museum inside a shopping centre in Lisbon.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

The miniature museum occupied the atrium of Lisbon's Colombo Shopping Mall for a period of three months earlier this year and was used to display 32 original artworks by the late American pop artist.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

The LIKEarchitects team was keen to avoid the neutral white walls of typical gallery spaces and instead opted to build a space using some of the everyday household objects that Warhol fetishised in his paintings.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

"Campbell's Soup Cans is a well-known artwork that is based on the idea of sublimating everyday objects, regardless of their original function, and transforming them into tangible icons of the collective imaginary," architect Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

"This premise by the artist was very important to our conception phase, when we had the idea of constructing a museum using familiar components, more specifically cylindrical cans," he added.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Using 1500 cans, the architects built a sequence of four rooms and organised them thematically. Entrances were positioned at both ends, so shoppers could easily stroll right through.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Eight rows of cans generated the height of the installation and the lowest three rows were filled with sand to give stability to the walls.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

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The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Here's some more information from LIKEarchitects:


The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum

The Temporary Andy Warhol Museum is a cultural space within a commercial space. It was designed to host the exhibition 'Andy Warhol - Icons | Psaier Artworks and the Factory', which was opened between April 11 and July 11, in Colombo Shopping Mall, in Lisbon, and included a total of 32 original works by the American artist.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

The museological space avoids the idea of having neutral white exhibition spaces and relates to the exhibited artworks through the creation of a strong visual context that uses the artist's imaginary. The museum recreates an environment that is both pop and industrial, through an unusual materiality resulting from the use of metal paint cans. The expository structure, set in the central plaza of the mall, features an abstract exterior that is extremely appealing and assumes an iconographic character with clear links to the Pop Art.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

The interior was designed as an enclosed introspective space, entirely defined by continuous walls, benefiting from a transparent cover in plastic screen. This cover has the dual function of allowing light to enter from the exterior and assuring the visual relationship between the two confronting spaces (museum/shopping mall). This solution captures the curiosity of visitors, calling for a visit to all those wandering in the higher galleries of the commercial space.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

A fluid succession of four exhibition rooms, thematically organised, results in a new pathway that challenges the organic symmetry and rationality of the shopping mall main square. The two entrances to this small museum, one in each extremity, are located at strategic points in order to maximise the attention and flow of the people walking around its perimeter.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Like the Andy Warhol's artwork the museum reflects the consumer society, but in a literal way, through the raw aluminium sheet of cylindrical cans. Other strands, which were patent in the work of Andy Warhol, were also fundamental in the creation of the architectural space - the repetition (silkscreened) or the idea of sublimating everyday objects, regardless of their original form or function, and transform them into tangible icons of the collective imaginary.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Used as a constructive element, the metallic paint can is the modular element which determines the metric of entire project, defining dimensions and drawing the voids - doors - that allow the entrance in the space.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

The structural stability of the building was solved by filling the first three rows of cans with sand - foundations - guaranteeing the stability of the walls and giving greater strength to the cans which are more accessible to the public.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Having received more than 100,000 visitors, the Temporary Andy Warhol Museum sought to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of art, free and accessible to all visitors.

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: Centro Colombo, Lisbon, Portugal
Project Year: 2013
Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Laura Diaz
Curatorship: Maurizio Vanni
Production: SOTART
Principal Use: Museum
Area: 75m2
Dimensions: 15.5m x 12.70m x 3.30m

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects
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The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects
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The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects
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The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum by LIKEarchitects
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  • Naveen Mahantesh

    Artist Subodh Gupta will like it!