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Untitled (Crown), 1982, © The Estate of Jean-Michel, Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
THE FIRST MAJOR EXHI­BI­TION OF 2018

The SCHIRN is dedi­cating a major survey to one of the greatest artists of 20th-century: Jean-Michel Basquiat.

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL

from 16 February 2018

In the late 1970s, Jean-Michel Basquiat teamed up with Al Diaz to write enigmatic graffiti statements across New York City under the pseudonym SAMO©. Soon he was collaging baseball cards, creating his own clothing, and painting on doors, window frames, and enormous home-made canvases. Today, Basquiat (1960–1988) is recognised as one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. Having come of age in the post-punk underground art scene in Lower Manhattan, he conquered the art world and gained widespread international recognition, becoming the youngest artist ever to participate in documenta in Kassel in 1982.

Basquiat’s raw, vibrant imagery is matched by a startling erudition, seen in the fragments of bold, capitalised text that abound in his works. These bear witness to his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young artist with no formal training. More than thirty years since Basquiat’s last major exhibition in Germany, the SCHIRN is presenting a major survey devoted to this American artist. The exhibition is also the first to focus on Basquiat’s relationship to music, text, film and television, situating the artist’s formidable talents within a broader cultural context.

Exhibition curated by Barbican Centre, London, in cooperation with the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT

This is art at its most all-encompassing, far-reaching and powerful. Boom, for Real.
TIME OUT
hugely appealing
THE TIMES
amazing
THE FINANCIAL TIMES
so exciting
BBC
I went in a sceptic and came out a convert
SPIKE

GROUPS & GUIDED TOURS

We offer guided tours for group parties, companies, school classes and private groups – upon request in many foreign languages.

Guided tours start at €75. Reduced admission applies for groups of 20 persons upwards. School classes of 15 persons or more pay €1 each, or €3 each with guided tour. Registration is necessary

MADE POSSIBLE BY 

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne



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