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After 30 Years, Basquiat Is Set to Exhibit in Germany

The Schirn in Frankfurt will showcase more than 100 of Jean-Michel Basquiat's works, including rare film footage.

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30 years had passed since the last major exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work in Germany, but now the Schirn in Frankfurt is hosting a noteworthy showcase of the artist’s works around his relationship with music, text, film and television.

The exhibition titled “Basquiat: Boom for Real” will explore Basquiat’s talents within a broader cultural context. Visitors will be able to feast their eyes on more than 100 outstanding works from international museums and private collections.

The pioneer to New York’s downtown art scene was known for working with other artists such as the great Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Rammelzee and Blondie. The works include rare film footage, photography and archived materials which captures the spirit of the self taught multi-talented artist.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was cited to be a “connoisseur of the art of living”, and was initially famed for teaming up with Al Dias to write enigmatic graffiti statements across New York City. He progressed to collaging baseball cards, creating his own clothing, and was later renowned for painting on absolutely anything, including doors, window frames and refrigerators.

Since joining Club 27, Basquiat has been named one of the most influential and significant painters of the 20th century. A commentary from Schirn writes, “Basquiat’s raw, vibrant imagery is matched by a starling erudition, seen in fragments of bold, capitalised text that abound in his works.”

Fun fact: Jay-Z is a huge fan of Basquiat. In 2013, the Brooklyn-born rap mogul purchased an authentic 1982 Basquiat painting titled “Mecca”, at Sotheby’s in Manhattan for around $4.5 million. He’s also referenced Basquiat in his tracks “Most Kingz” and “Picasso Baby”.

You can visit Schirn for more information regarding the installation.

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