Andy Warhol was most famous for his brightly coloured Pop Art prints. However, he was also a prolific filmmaker shooting 60 features films and over 500 black and white shorts in the years between 1963 and 1972. In the early 70s Warhol removed the vast majority of these films from the public domain and they have remained hidden in archives until now.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is joining up with The Andy Warhol Museum to digitalise his entire body of film work. The mammoth task, which will take several years to complete, involves taking over a thousand rolls of 16mm film, painstakingly scanning them frame by frame and converting them to high-resolution 2K format.

Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol Museum explained the intention behind the labour intensive project, “The Warhol’s mission is to be the global keeper of his legacy. Making it possible for curators, scholars and the public to see Warhol’s total output as a filmmaker for the first time is a major step toward achieving our goals”.

The entire process will help viewers gain a deeper understand of the work of the artist but it is not the only recently attempted to recover “lost” work by Andy Warhol. Experimental works of art by the Pop-Art provocateur were recently salvaged from 30-year-old floppy discs by a team of computer experts.