CROWN CLUB

As part of the exhibition BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, the New York underground club scene of the 1970s and 1980s is celebrating a revival at the SCHIRN: Every Thursday from 7 p.m. the CROWN CLUB opens its doors. Inspired by New York’s Mudd Club, talks, parties, film screenings and readings are held in a club atmosphere that is sometimes true to the original style and sometimes reinterpreted. The original Mudd Club was a place where Lower Manhat­tan’s creative scene convened: Here Jean-Michel Basquiat met musicians and bands like Madonna, Lou Reed, DNA or Talking Heads, designers and performers like Betsey Johnson and Klaus Nomi, or young, independent filmmakers like Glenn O’Brien. The result was an exchange that remains evident in the artist’s works to this day. Basquiat sampled that which he surrounded himself with.

THE WHOLE PROGRAM AT THE CROWN CLUB

MARCH

Every Thursday from 7 PM

15 MARCH 8 PM, CONCERT: PETER EVANS
New York composer and trumpeter Peter Evans, who is known for his improvisation, is performing in the Crown Club with a program encompassing avant-garde music from Jazz to Classical to New Music. These are all musical styles that Jean-Michel Basquiat also intensively explored and which informed his artistic work. Peter Evans is considered to be one of the most innovative musicians in the experimental scene.

22 MARCH, CROWN CLUB X BYRON DELOATCH
An evening focusing on Jean-Michel Basquiat that will be full of surprises and just as richly facetted as his life, with DJ sets, performance and live music. Program by Byron Deloatch.
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29 MARCH, CROWN CLUB X DJ INKASSO (SUPLEX)
Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s diverse musical interests, DJ INKASSO from Frankfurt (SUPLEX) will play a mixture of New York Old School, Disco, 1980s and Hip Hop.
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DJ Inkasso
Peter Evans
The Radiant Child
Tchari Squad
Byron Deloatch

APRIL

Every Thursday from 7 PM

5 APRIL, 8 PM, CINEMA: PERMANENT VACATION (1980, OmU)
Jim Jarmusch’s film debut draws a poetic portrait of Manhattan in the early 1980s and tells the story of 16-year-old Allie, who hangs out on the Lower East Side day after day. He drifts through life trying to find sense in things, and chances upon a series of unusual characters in the process.
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12 APRIL 8 PM, PANEL: BASQUIAT’S LEGACY TODAY WITH PAUL GOODWIN, GREG TATE, FRANÇOISE VERGÈS, OSCAR MURILLO AND GRADA KILOMBA
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rapid rise in the art world was not only amazing on account of his young age; it was an absolute sensation for an African-American artist to gain international acclaim in a scene dominated by white artists. The fact that Basquiat also repeatedly had to deal with racist clichés and prejudices is something he consciously addressed in his works, which explore the history of Western colonialism, the African diaspora and the systematic discrimination of black people. What does Basquiat’s success mean today for the recognition and representation of black artists?
IN ENGLISH, REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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19 APRIL, CROWN CLUB X DJ NOMAD (BERLIN)
With his mix of African Funk, Tropical, Soul, Latin and Afrobeat, Berlin DJ Nomad (Africaine 808) will really get the dance floor pumping. As a street artist he has worked all over the world and shaped Berlin’s early scene with his unmistakable style.
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26 APRIL, CROWN CLUB X DAS GRÜNE HEMD
The striking band sound of classic Jazz trio “Das Grüne Hemd,” with guitar, bass and drums, mingles and mixes various styles: Afrobeat, House, post-Rock, Wild Style Funk, Abstract and Jazz. The three musicians present some of their own music along with pieces by Kenny Burrell, Billy Cobham, Grant Green, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Steve Swallow and the like – all in a unique flowing sound you simply have to hear.
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DJ Nomad
Permanent Vacation
Paul Goodwin
Oscar Murillo Portrait Courtesy the artist. Photo © Jungwon Kim
Das Grüne Hemd

MAY

Every Thursday from 7 PM

3 MAY 8 PM, PERFORMANCE: DANIEL RICHTER X MICHAEL RIEDEL
Music, club, art, life – artists Michael Riedel and Daniel Richter will surprise guests with a joint performance.
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10 MAY 8 PM, CINEMA: DOWNTOWN 81 (2011, OmU) 
The documentary “Downtown 81” describes a day in the life of the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who plays himself. There are also unique live recordings of musicians such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, Walter Steding and the Dragon People, not to mention Basquiat’s own band Gray and John Lurie. A rare contemporary document!
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17 MAY 8 PM, PANEL: PHENOMENON BASQUIAT
Basquiat’s career in Germany was short and contradictory – he participated in documenta 7 at the tender age of 22, making him the youngest artist in history to do so. However, his 1989 solo show at Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover was Basquiat’s final solo exhibition in Germany – until Basquiat. Boom for Real. The panel moderated by curator Dr. Martin Engler will discuss Basquiat’s extraordinary rise in the art world and the art market in the 1980s as well as his reception in Germany.
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24 MAY 8 PM, TALK: ELEANOR NAIRNE, BARBICAN ART GALLERY
Exhibition co-curator Eleanor Nairne provides insights into the extensive research behind Basquiat. Boom for Real with a focus on Basquiat’s literary inspiration, which extended from anatomy to psychoanalysis to African cultural history.
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26 MAY, SATURDAY BEFORE CLOSING
On the final Saturday of the two exhibitions Basquiat. Boom For Real and Power To The People, SCHIRN will stay open until midnight. From 9 p.m. there will be music and drinks in the CROWN CLUB. And last but not least, at 11 p.m. the final guided tours of the exhibitions will take place.

Daniel Richter
Michael Riedel
Supported by

PIONEER DJ