Basquiat: Boom for Real
SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany16 Feb 2018 - 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.
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.
Opening Thursday, February 22, 2018, From 7 p.m.
The opening of the CROWN CLUB is being hosted by David Roth and Carl Jakob Haupt from DANDY DIARY – one of the best known men’s fashion and lifestyle blogs in Germany. Famous to the point of notoriety, DANDY DIARY is known for its parties at the fashion weeks in New York, Berlin and Copenhagen.
SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt
60311 Frankfurt am Main