Michael Jackson: On the Wall, will open next summer, almost 10 years on from the singer's death in 2009. Over forty artists will be part of the exhibition, which has been curated by the National Portrait Gallery's director Nicholas Cullinan, who worked with the Michael Jackson Estate.

The pivotal piece of the show is Andy Warhol's 1982 portrait of Jackson, the first time he was ever captured on canvas.

In August of 1982, during an interview with editor Bob Colacello for Interview magazine, a 23-year-old Michael Jackson received a phone call from Andy Warhol, who told the rising star: ''You know, every time I use my Walkman I play your cassette on it.''

Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, 1984Image: National Portrait Gallery Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, 1984
Image: National Portrait Gallery

Two years later, Time magazine commissioned Warhol to create a portrait of Jackson to grace their front cover. At this time, Michael was reaching new levels of fame, he was celebrating unprecedented solo success after his 1982 Thriller album won no less than eight Grammys.

Gary Hume, Michael, 2001Image: Stephen White; Jay Jopling /White Cube /IMMA Gary Hume, Michael, 2001
Image: Stephen White; Jay Jopling /White Cube /IMMA

David LaChapelle, Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer, 2009 David LaChapelle, Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer, 2009

Since then, giants of the art world including David LaChapelle, Grayson Perry, Gary Hume and Maggi Hambling have all portrayed Thriller singer.

New works have also been made for the show that will run from June 28 to 21 October 2018. Curator Cullinan explained: ''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.''

Jackson's impact on music, video, dance and fashion of the late 20th and early 21st century has been widely celebrated, whilst his influence on the art world has yet to be explored.

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