Nine years after Michael Jackson’s untimely death, London’s National Portrait Gallery has bowed Michael Jackson: On the Wall, an expansive exhibition put on in collaboration with Hugo Boss that celebrates the universally adored, groundbreaking, and oftentimes controversial musician’s enduring artistic influence. “I had the idea for the exhibition about 10 years ago when I realized while working on another exhibition, which was about Andy Warhol and his legacy, how many artists from Warhol onwards had been drawn to or depicted Michael Jackson. And it’s an impressive number,” said the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, who curated the show. Indeed, some of the greatest visual artists of the modern era have created Jackson-focused works, like Warhol, Gary Hume, and Keith Haring, each of whom has a piece in this 48-artist show. “I think a lot of them feel it’s his artistry and his genius. He broke down so many barriers,” continued Cullinan of why so many artists were fascinated by Jackson.