Pelé: Art, Life, Football, Press Coverage

25 Sep 2015

Halcyon Gallery presents: Pelé: Art Life Football. Launched by the legendary footballer himself on Saturday 26th September, the exhibition celebrates Pele’s 75th birthday and lifetime of sporting and humanitarian achievements. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Warhol’s original painting Pelé (1977) from his ‘Athletes’ series comprising ten portraits of sporting heroes. The renowned pop artist famously predicted that one day, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, but it would be Pelé whose fame would last for “15 centuries.”

The artwork on display includes photography, original paintings, limited edition sculptures and prints by 13 artists including Andy Warhol, Lorenzo Quinn, Mitch Griffiths, Ernesto Canovas, Santiago Montoya, Ronnie Wood, Russell Young, Raphael Mazzucco and Stuart McAlpine Miller. In addition to the contemporary artwork on display, the exhibition also includes iconic memorabilia from Pelé’s incredible career: the world famous Jules Rimet trophy and his 3 World Cup Medals football - on loan for the first time ever outside of Brazil.  

The exhibition is open to the public until the18th October.