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Michael Jackson Art Show Opens In Finland Despite Controversy

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An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organisers insisting it was not a “celebration” of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death.

“Michael Jackson: On the Wall” brings together old and new works depicting the iconic pop star and his impact on popular culture, by artists including Andy Warhol, American photographer David LaChapelle and British potter Grayson Perry.

The show of 90 works first hung in London’s National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn before coming to Helsinki.

The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations that Jackson groomed and sexually assaulted children, detailed in the 2018 documentary “Finding Neverland”.

The exhibition will nevertheless run in the Finnish capital “as planned”, organisers said, with a text at the entrance acknowledging that “current conversations may have changed the way the exhibition is interpreted”.

“We can’t shy away from these difficult subjects and we, of course, condemn all kinds of abuse,” Arja Miller, chief curator at Espoo Museum of Modern Art, told AFP.

“But we also want to provide a platform for open discussion and for artists’ voices,” she said.

“This exhibition and these artists are not celebrating Michael Jackson, but analysing his meaning in our culture,” Miller added.

– Sponsors scared away –

Miller said some organisations refused to sponsor the exhibition over concerns about the controversies surrounding the singer, despite not having seen the show.

“I’m convinced that if everyone would have seen the exhibition they’d gladly be our partner because the exhibition is so diverse,” she told AFP.

Many of the Jackson-inspired works veer between the gaudy and the grotesque, including an oversized golden statue of the megastar with his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, by Paul McCarthy.

Elsewhere, a life-size portrait by Kehinde Wiley, commissioned by Jackson himself shortly before his death in 2009, features the star in jewelled armour on horseback surrounded by cherubs, after a portrait by Rubens of King Philip II of Spain.

The Romanian artist Dan Mihaltianu’s installation draws on the impact of Jackson’s seminal 1992 concert in post-Communist Bucharest, using newspaper photos alongside concert footage.

Mihaltianu said that interest in his piece, from 1994, has grown again every time Michael Jackson has hit the headlines over the years.

“He will stay as an icon somehow, you cannot just erase him,” Mihaltianu told AFP.

“I remember already when he died, people were kind of, ‘OK, now he’s got to rest in peace.’ But 10 years later, it’s a new story coming up.”

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Michael Jackson....

Dead legend

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He is a legend and will be remembered always king of Pop

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Joeboy
May God bless the great musician.we have seriously miss you Michael Jackson .You will always be remembered.RIP.

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This is the greatest artist

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I can believe it is up to 10 years he died oo... Rip

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well I guess legendary never dies be that

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Emmanuel
but come oo which controversy are they even talking about sef

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[ @Jonjo: ] He is a legend and will be remembered always king of Pop

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[ @iam_alibs: ] Michael Jackson....

Dead legend

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The show of 90 works first hung in London’s.

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Michael Jackson, oh dear! We miss your music, your entertainment and your vibes

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old and new works depicting the iconic pop
stardust

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thanks for the news update

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[ @iam_alibs: ] Michael Jackson....

Dead legend

legend for life

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A legend at once issa legend forever
Mj the great

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Why the controversies about the art show. Let love prevail

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Thanks for updating us here, I will be glad to see another news

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The show of 90 works first hung in London’s National Portrait Gallery in 2018

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The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations

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The legendary musician, Michael Jackson is gone but can never be forgotten. History will always keep fresh memory of him

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Wow this is really good news to fans of Michael in Finland

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Michael Jackson is the best of all

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He is a legend that can never be forgotten

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We miss you Michael Jackson may your soul continue to rest in the arms of the Lord

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Micheal Jackson is a great icon.we will always remember him for his good songs

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We will always remember and prayed for him

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I am a smart,simple and religious person
No matter his offenses, he is still a great icon

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Michael Jackson was a hero, may his soul rest in peace

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