Pele attends an art exhibition celebrating his 75th birthday

Pele attends the opening of an exhibition in London celebrating his 75th birthday

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 22, 2015) (ITN) – Brazilian soccer legend Pele visited an art exhibition in London on Tuesday (September 22) put on in honour of his 75th birthday,

The celebration at the Halcyon Gallery is called Art, Life, Football and pays tribute to Pele’s lifetime of sporting and humanitarian achievements.

As well as iconic portraits from the likes of Andy Warhol the gallery commissioned internationally acclaimed artists to create a unique exhibition in honour of the global sporting legend.

Opening to the public on September 26, the exhibition will display photography, original paintings, limited sculptures and prints by 15 artists including Lorenzo Quinn and Pedro Paricio.

“This is a big responsilbility because a lot of artists have given their time to project me. And then I feel so happy because I stopped to play football almost 30 years, and this will help the new generation to know about my life. It’s a very big responsibility bit I feel proud of that,” said Pele after touring at the gallery.

“I try to respect people, I try to give a good message to the young generation and I thank God for that.”

Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery added: “Pele is obviously iconic in every way and it’s exemplified really by Andy Warhol choosing Pele and saying he expected everybody else to be famous for 15 minutes and Pele broke the rule here, he said he’s going to be famous for 15 centuries. And Andy Warhol of course chose some of the most iconic human beings on the planet, which of course then became known all over the world, and we have 13 artists here from all over the world that have done the same.”

The exhibition runs from September 26 until October 25.