One of four Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist. Native son Andy Warhol remains the most renowned of the 20th century’s pop artists, long after his death in 1987. "The Warhol," as locals call it, opened in 1994 in Northside, and is a joint project of the Carnegie Institute, the Dia Center for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation. The seven-floor museum in a renovated former warehouse contains some 12,000 works by Warhol in all mediums, including some 900 paintings, 77 sculptures, and thousands of drawings, prints, photographs, films and writing. The fourth floor houses “Silver Clouds,” a collection of floating silver helium balloons that was first exhibited at the famed Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1966, and inspired Merce Cunningham to choreograph a dance that was performed to music by David Tudor with costumes by Jasper Johns. Warhol designed the sets. The museum covers the artist’s entire career from his commercial art to the Campbell soup cans through the disaster series into the celebrity portraits.
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