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This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).

Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century.  His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.  Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over 40 of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the word, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate.


Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after booking. 

Good To Know

Until 21 October 2018

Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Friday until 21:00.

Please note this is a timed entry event with a particular 15 minute time slot to gain entry. This means you can enter the gallery within your chosen 15 minute time slot. 

However, once inside the exhibition, you can enjoy it at your own leisure until closing time

How Does It Work

You will receive an email confirmation and collect your tickets at the venue ticket desk on arrival.  Please be advised the ticket desk is located inside the gallery next to the exhibition entrance.

When Can I Go

Until 21st October 2018 

Where Do I Go

National Portrait Gallery 

St Martin’s Place



Getting to the Gallery:

Underground: The nearest underground stations to the Gallery are: Charing Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, and Embankment 490 metres. Please note these stations do not have a lift.

By rail: Charing Cross station 320 metres from the St Martin's Place entrance.

Bus: Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176 from Trafalgar Square stop C or Charing Cross Road stop K.

Car: For visitors wishing to travel by car, cab or Dial-A-Ride please note there are no parking facilities at the Gallery. Visitors can be dropped off at the ramp entrance on Orange Street which can be reached via Haymarket.

Bicycle parking: The nearest bicycle stands are opposite the main Gallery entrance on St Martin’s Place, and behind the National Gallery’s Education Centre on Orange Street.  Please note: the National Portrait Gallery Cloakroom does not accept folding bicycles. Folding bicycles can be stored at Charing Cross Station Left Luggage.