THE CULTURE: HIP HOP AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY

FEBRUARY, 29 – MAY 26, 2024

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the birth Hip Hop, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating a major interdisciplinary exhibition to Hip Hop’s profound influence on our current art and cultural landscape. Hip Hop first emerged in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s as a cultural movement among Black and Latinx youth who expressed themselves through MCing, DJing, graffiti writing, and breakdancing. From its inception, Hip Hop critiqued dominant structures and cultural narratives and offered new avenues for expressing diasporic experiences and creating alternate systems of power, leading to social and political consciousness and knowledge-building.

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Schirn is dedicating a major interdisciplinary exhibition to Hip Hop’s profound influence on our current art and cultural landscape

Hip Hop has now evolved into a global phenomenon that has driven numerous innovations in music, fashion, technology, as well as visual and performing arts. Grounded on the origins of Hip Hop in the U.S., yet with a focus on art and music from the last twenty years, the exhibition features over 100 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos, as well as fashion and vinyl, by internationally renowned contemporary artists including Lauren Halsey, Julie Mehretu, Tschabalala Self, Arthur Jafa, Khalil Joseph, Virgil Abloh, and Gordon Parks. THE CULTURE illuminates Hip Hop’s unprecedented economic, social, and cultural resources and furthermore addresses contemporary issues and debates – from identity, racism, and appropriation to sexuality, feminism, and empowerment.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum and is presented in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

KATALOG

THE CULTURE is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog organized into themes of self-presentation and adornment, representation, technology, and language.

THE CULTURE: HIP HOP AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY, edited by Diana Murphy and Virginia Gresham, English edition, 306 pages, approx. 235 illustrations, 23.5 x 30 cm, hardcover, Gregory R. Miller & Co., ISBN 978-1-941366-54-7, €45 (Schirn), €52.25 / $55 (bookstores)

BROCHURE

THE CULTURE: HIP HOP AND CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY, edited by Matthias Ulrich, with contributions by Charlotte Furtwängler and Oliver Kautny (both Cologne Hip Hop Institute), German and English editions, each 40 pages, 11 x 16.5 cm


Wall panels of the exhibition "THE CULTURE"

28.02.2024 | Here you can find the wall panels and labels of the exhibition "THE CULTURE".

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Press information of the additional locations of the exhibition "THE CULTURE" in Frankfurt

28.02.2024 | The exhibition at the Schirn continues at the Kunstverein Familie Montez with Stan Douglas’s video installation ISDN. “THE CULTURE” is also supplemented by an exhibition on the milestones of hip hop at MOMEM – Museum Of Modern Electronic Music, an event organized by the Diamant Offenbach: Museum of Urban Culture, and a film series on the fifty-year history of hip hop at the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.

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28.02.2024 | From February 29 to May 26, 2024, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating a major interdisciplinary exhibition to Hip-Hop’s profound influence on our current art and cultural landscape.

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The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, installation view, Derrick Adams, Style Variation Grid 10, 2019, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, installation view Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #105 (Metropolis), 2020, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, installation view Dionne Alexander, Lil’ Kim Wigs, 1999-2001,, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, installation view, Stan Douglas, ISDN, 2022, at Kunstverein Familie Montez, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2024, Photo: Emily Piwowar / NÓI Crew

Rammellzee and K-Rob, with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Beat Bop / Test Pressing, 1983, reprinted 2001, Vinyl record, 31.1 x 31.1 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Commitee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund, 2013, © Rammellzee Estate. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

Stan Douglas, ISDN, 2022, Two-channel video, 6:41:28 hours (video variations), 82:02:52 hours (musical variations), film still, © Stan Douglas, Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner and Victoria Miro

Tschabalala Self, Seta's Room 1996, 2022, Photo transfer, paper, acrylic paint, thread and painted canvas on canvas, 243.8 x 213.4 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corris, London, © Tschabalala Self

Hank Willis Thomas, Black Power, 2006, Chromogenic print, 40.6 x 50.8 cm, Barret Barrera Projects, © Hank Willis Thomas

El Franco Lee II, DJ Screw in Heaven, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 96.5 x 121.9 cm, Private Collection, Houston, © El Franco Lee II

Hassan Hajjaj, Cardi B Unity. 2017/1438 (Gregorian/Hijri), From the series My Rockstars, Lambda metallic print on aluminum sheet, wood, and plasic green tea boxes, 140.3 x 101.6 x 10 cm, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Yvonne Osei, EXTENSIONS, 2018, Single-channel video (color, sound), 6:04 min., film still, © 2018 Yvonne Osei. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Bruno David Gallery

Roberto Lugo, Street Shrine 1: A Notorious Story (Biggie), 2019, Glazed ceramic, 137.2 x 68.6 cm, Collection of Peggy Scot and David Teplitzky, © Roberto Lugo. Photo: Neal Santos, courtesy Wexler Gallery

Derrick Adams, Heir to the Throne, 2021, Non fungible token, Duration: 11 seconds, Private Collection

Monica Ikegwu, Open/Closed, 2021, Oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm each, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis, © Monica Ikegwu

Monica Ikegwu, Open/Closed, 2021, Oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 cm each, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis, © Monica Ikegwu

Zéh Palito, It was all a dream, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 170 x 175 cm, Courtesy of the artist, Simões de Assis and Luce Gallery, © Zéh Palito