Madonna 'Celebration' artwork by Mr Brainwash, details revealed

Warner Music Group has released a final version of the Madonna 'Celebration' artwork by Mr Brainwash which features on the cover of her 3rd greatest hits album, launched in September 2009.

The yellow image seen with the first press releases about the Madonna album artwork now  features on the cover of  the 2 CD edition, but with additional text printed on the background, giving the Mr Brainwash artwork a more interesting vibe.

The white-ish image that has appeared on the iTunes music store pages will be used for the single disc release; the background of this features elements of several Madonna single artworks pasted together by a transfer technique.

In both images Mr Brainwash has combined Jean Baptiste Mordino’s photo for the cover of Bazar Magazine back in 1990, with Madonna’s 1987 'Who’s That Girl' era portrait by Alberto Tolot, topped off with his characteristic colourful hand finishing.

Here are just a few places around the world where the new Madonna album artwork has been appearing.

It’s no surprise to see Madonna commissioning a cutting-edge artist to design her latest album cover as she has always been at the cutting edge of fashion and design and owns an amazing collection of modern art.

Madonna's art collection contains over 300 paintings including works by Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Leger, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Tamara de Lempicka, Damien Hirst, and Frida Kahlo. Madonna used to call buying paintings her “sin”, but her collection has proved to be a shrewd investment and was recently valued at around £80m.


'Self-Portrait with Monkey' by Frida Kahlo is said to be one of the most cherished pieces in Madonna's art collection and has pride of place in her London home. In 2005 she lent this piece along with ‘My Birth’ to the Tate Modern Frida Kahlo exhibition.  Madonna's art curator, Darlene K Lutz, has said of the self-portrait: 'The Kahlo painting is so powerful and enigmatic that we hope people will get beyond its personal history, as Madonna has, and see the artistic genius....it is the number one love of her collection.'


Find out more about the lives and work of artists in Madonna’s art collection in our Biographies section.



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