Check out Andy Warhol's snaps from his only trip to China

Check out Andy Warhol's snaps from his only trip to China

Wandering Warhol

Text: Adibah Isa

An upcoming photography exhibition in Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong will shed light on Andy Warhol's one and only visit in China

A visit to Beijing isn't complete without seeing landmarks such as The Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Temple of Azure Clouds. You're also looking at part of Andy Warhol's itinerary during his one and only visit to mainland China in 1982. A stop after the artist's visit to Hong Kong, Warhol also penciled in "meet with Chinese artists" in his line-up. Three years later, his seminal Mao series was unveiled, inflicting his signature pop aesthetic to one of the world's most controversial and talked-about leaders of the time.

Travelling with close friend and personal photographer Christopher Makos, Warhol's snaps offer a rare look at the artist's snapshot of the country. 'Warhol in China' is an exhibition that pools together this collection of over 200 photographs, presented in collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The works will then be auctioned by Phillips on 28 May for a starting price of HK$50,000. See a selection below.

'Warhol in China' will be held at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong from 20 March to 2 April.