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Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Sylvester Stallone appears onstage at the London Palladium in Central London for 'An Evening with Sylvester Stallone'. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 11, 2014. The Hollywood star spoke to the audience about anecdotes in his career, private insights from his life and took part in a question and answer session with audience members. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone poses as he arrives for the British premiere of his latest film 'Rocky Balboa' at The Vue Cinema in London's Leicester Square January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN)

The 68-year-old actor will showcase some of the artwork he has created over the last 50 years at MusÈe d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporaine in Nice,France, and will personally be at the event's opening on Saturday, May 16.

Following the opening, VIPs will gather at the Place Massena with the mayor of the city for a celebratory dinner

Many of the Expendables star's paintings are inspired by his movie roles, or feature references to the likes of Michael Jackson, James Dean, and his ex-wife, Brigitte Nielsen.

Speaking about his 2010 portrait of the late Thriller singer, Stallone has previously said, "I always felt that Michael Jackson was one of the great dichotomies. An illusionist even more than a singer. He created a character that wasn't even him anymore. There was an evil side ... a theatrical evil."

Though his work is going on display, the Rocky star - who previously admitted it can take up to 15 years to finish one piece of art - won't be showing everything he has created.

He previously said: "The ones that I realise are just hopeless, I give to my brother."

The former art student has previously showcased his work in Russia, Switzerland, and Miami, and has said, "I think I'm a much better painter than an actor.

"It's much more personal, and I'm allowed to just do what I want to do. Quite often in acting, you have to play a certain part, you cannot speak as much as you want to speak. I suppose the heroes don't talk much. You have to be very stoic."