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





“Post-Punk Underground” was an interdisciplinary avant-garde art scene with an emphasis on music that emerged from the Punk movement between 1977 and 1982 on New York’s Lower East Side

BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL

16 February until 27 May 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

DIGITORIAL

The free digi­to­rial provides you with back­ground infor­ma­tion about the key exhi­bi­tion aspects

SOUNDTRACK

While the stars danced to disco music with glitz and glamor at Studio 54, the under­ground scene in Lower Manhattan partied in the Mudd Club to the sounds of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave – among them Jean-Michel Basquiat. He regu­larly appeared at the Mudd Club either as a DJ or as a clar­inetist with his band Gray.

The SCHIRN Sound­track captures the mood of the time.  It embraces Disco, Hip Hop, Punk, Post-Punk and Pop as well as Jazz and New Wave – all music genres that were inte­gral to 1980s New York and was produced there.

FILM

The film to the big retrospective gives insights into the work of Basquiat and the conception of the exhibition

CATALOG

Basquiat’s complex and explosive work, which resulted from his interdisciplinary artistic approach in cooperation with numerous artists, reveals its full potential in this catalog. See extensive archive and photo material, some of it published here for the first time and explore the historical-cultural background of Basquiat's work.

MADE POSSIBLE BY 

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne



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