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Coca Cola

If you’re heading to Atlanta on or after May 24, head over to the Coca Cola museum to see a collection of Warhol Coke paintings on display.

In a mingling of pop art, advertising and soda pop, about 30 Andy Warhol renderings of Coca-Cola’s curvy trademark bottle will go on display at a new museum near headquarters for the world’s largest beverage maker.

Most of the paintings, pencil sketches and screenprints — all about Coke except for a self-portrait — will be on exhibit beginning May 24 at the new World of Coca-Cola museum near the company’s headquarters here.

The paintings are on loan for a year from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. A half-hidden Coke logo looms above the trademark bottle in a dark 70-inch-by-52-inch painting on linen from 1961. A violet splash of color spills from a Coke can in a large screenprint created for a 1985 cover for Time magazine that was never published.

And perhaps most amusedly self-conscious of all, there’s a black-and-white photograph from the 1970s of an empty Coke bottle standing next to a can of Campbell’s tomato soup — another of Warhol’s pop icons.

Read the rest of the article on USA Today.

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