When Pop Meets Art

Taking the cue from Lady Gaga’s latest record, we’ve decided to look at the slightly less stomach-churning moments when the music industry flirted with the world of art. From the early days when Velvet Underground would hang out with Andy Warhol, to Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby installation, here’s a snapshot of art and live music’s unpredictable relationship!

Velvet Underground toured in various museums between 1965 and 1966, along with pop-art poster-child Andy Warhol and Nico, whose eye features prominently in their video installations.

the national

Last year, The National played their song, Sorrow, from the album High Violet, for six straight hours at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Apart from being characteristically cool, Jay-Z made a splash by inviting Marina Abramovich and a host of other artists at a New York Art gallery to shoot the Picasso Baby video.

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KRAFTWERK held a residency at the Tate Modern in 2012, where they re-affirmed the enduring quality of their industrial aesthetics


Some folks just can’t help it, so when Blur turned up at the Dublin Museum of Modern Art, it was the usual brit-pop shenanigans.

MGMT - Maurizio Cattelan

MGMT impressed by playing house band for the Guggenheim Museum for two nights.


MoMA garden party in 2011 turned preppy manhattanites into Yeezus believers.

animal collective

Of course, no list relating art to music, supra-realism to guitar riffs, would be complete, without mention of Animal Collective, whose collaboration with Danny Perez Transverse Temporal Gyrus was a visual treat.

Finally, we’ll just remind you that not everyone is serious about art.

Take Thom Yorke, whose Louvre photobomb went viral years after it was taken…



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