Museums Conservation USA

All of Andy's films to be digitised, plus 4,000 videos

Special effects film company sponsors the MoMA and Warhol Museum co-production

Andy Warhol, Screen Test: Marcel Duchamp and Benedetta Barzini [ST 81], 1966. Photo: ©2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol’s films and videos, all 60 feature films and 279 screen tests, will be digitised, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, announced today, 14 August.

The epic project—there are around 1,000 rolls of films to capture frame by frame, and 4,000 videos—is made possible by the technical expertise and sponsorship of the special effects company MPC. The technology company Adstream will provide digital asset management. The partnership will be a “multi-year project”, according to MoMA’s press statement.

The artist’s films have been cared for by MoMA since the early 1990s, and are among the most requested works in its circulating film library. Fifteen of his films, which have never been screened in public before, have already been digitised by MPC. They are due to be shown in Pittsburgh on 17 October during “Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films”.

In a statement, Eric Shiner, the director of the Warhol Museum, said the artist’s films “are as significant as his paintings”, adding that the project will mean scholars and the public will be able to see his total output.

More from The Art Newspaper


15 Aug 14
17:38 CET


Not only will they need to copy each frame, but also the amateur splices that were done so there was a 'tsck' sound at every scene or the more interesting parts of his flicks. Making sure that every frame of the 8 hours and 5 minutes, Empire State Building film, is faithfully reproduced will be imperative if the viewer is to appreciate the intended unwatchability of this excellent example of his boring work.

Submit a comment

All comments are moderated. If you would like your comment to be approved, please use your real name, not a pseudonym. We ask for your email address in case we wish to contact you - it will not be made public and we do not use it for any other purpose.


Want to write a longer comment to this article? Email


Share this