Press Release UNIQLO Sponsors KAWS + Warhol Exhibition Tour

The left image is of Andy Warhol's painting entitled "Ambulance Disaster" (1964-65) depicting a bloodied man laying halfway out of a crashed Ambulance's side window. The image on the right is a sculpture entitled "Companion 2020" (2020) by KAWS. The sculpture is of a cartoon like figure laying face down, appearing exhausted and defeated.

Andy Warhol, Ambulance Disaster, 1964-65, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc.

KAWS, COMPANION 2020, 2020, © KAWS

For immediate release

Wednesday, April 24, 2024



The Andy Warhol Museum and global apparel retailer UNIQLO announced today that UNIQLO will be the presenting sponsor for the global run of KAWS + Warhol, opening May 18, 2024, at The Warhol. The exhibition features works by Andy Warhol and KAWS side-by-side and is the first to examine the dark themes present beneath the signature bright colors and pop culture references both artists are known for. UNIQLO support for the exhibition builds on the company’s years-long partnerships with both of these iconic artists. Based on the company’s long-held philosophy of Art for All, UNIQLO strives to make art more accessible to everyone.

“The concept of Art for All has long been a core part of the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy, so we are delighted to support this monumental exhibition of works by both Andy Warhol and KAWS in reaching as many people as possible,” said Koji Yanai, senior executive officer of Fast Retailing, UNIQLO’s parent company. “This exhibition holds a special meaning for The Andy Warhol Museum, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This is also an important year for UNIQLO as we welcome our 40th anniversary, which we are honored to welcome alongside our long-term partners and collaborators.”

The KAWS + Warhol exhibition will be on view at The Warhol from May 18, 2024 – January 20, 2025. The exhibition will tour internationally, including in Tokyo in 2026. UNIQLO will act as the presenting sponsor for the exhibition’s entire global tour to bring this collection of iconic works closer to the lives of people around the world.

“UNIQLO has a long association with both KAWS and Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum is honored to partner with UNIQLO to bring this extraordinary exhibition to a global audience.” said Patrick Moore, director of The Warhol and curator of KAWS + Warhol.

Andy Warhol’s art first appeared on UNIQLO products in 2004 under license with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and has been continuously featured on T-shirts and other products ever since. KAWS first collaborated with UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) for the spring/summer season of 2016 and has had collaboration collections with the brand of graphic T-shirts ever since. Past UT collections featuring these iconic artists can be viewed on the UNIQLO UT Archive website:

UNIQLO Art For All
For over a decade, UNIQLO has been committed to enhancing daily life through the appreciation of great art. The company endeavors to educate and increase public access and engagement with the most prominent art institutions in the world, including MoMA, Tate, the Louvre and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. These deep relationships with the world’s greatest museums is an expression of the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of Art for All.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.77 trillion yen for the 2023 fiscal year ending August 31, 2023 (US $18.92 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2023 rate of $1 = 146.2 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

About KAWS
KAWS engages audiences far beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. Over the last two decades, KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He has collaborated extensively with UNIQLO, including by providing designs for the PEACE FOR ALL charity project in 2022, which was a huge worldwide success.

The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

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KAWS, COMPANION 2020, 2020, © KAWS


A black and white sculpture of a figure laying flat on their stomach on the floor.

KAWS, COMPANION 2020, 2020, © KAWS

Credit and copyright

Andy Warhol, Ambulance Disaster, 1964-65, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc.


Screenprint of two of the same photographs, one on top of the other, of an ambulance accident with a body halfway hanging out of the back passengers side window.

Andy Warhol, Ambulance Disaster, 1964-65, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc.