July 12, 2009
Save the World Awards
World-renowned artist Gottfried Helnwein, known for his hyper-realistic and provocative paintings will dedicate his unique installation at the SAVE THE WORLD AWARDS ON July 24 at the Zwentendorf Nuclear Reactor to Michael Jackson. Helnwein was a close friend of the late artist for many years. The Austrian artist will present over-dimensional works of children from his “Murmur of the Innocents” cycle and “The Last Child” as well as his photo portraits of Michael Jackson, currently on exhibit at the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Gottfried Helnwein and Michael Jackson worked on various projects together.
Gottfied Helnwein’s paintings were used for the insert booklet of Jackson’s “HIStory” album and Michael posed in front of the camera for a series of photo portraits by the Austrian artist who lives in Los Angeles and Ireland.
The picture projections onto the Zwentendorf Nuclear Reactor – the only one in the world completed but never put into operation because, in a national referendum, the Austrian people voted against of the use of atomic power in their country – will be personally selected and produced by Gottfried Helnwein.
“In every country he traveled to Michael always took the time to visit orphanages and children’s hospitals, insisting on seeing those who were the worst off. I often went with him on these visits to the pediatric departments of the hospitals and personally saw him stay late into the night at the bedside of critically ill children, giving them hope and even singing to them”, recalls Helnwein. “He wanted to look at the medical charts of the children and, often spontaneously, offered to cover all the costs of the life-saving operations and treatment. During these visits there were no reporters, photographers or other media representatives present. Most of his many humanitarian activities indeed never found their way into press reports and he never mentioned them publicly either. There is no other pop star that has contributed so much to social and humanitarian causes as Michael Jackson. It estimated that over the course of his lifetime he donated about 500 million dollars to the causes that were so important to him”.
Gottfried Helnwein works have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Vienna Albertina, the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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