This is the first major museum retrospective in Austria devoted to the extraordinary work of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).

With his highly symbolic, complex and often emotionally charged works, Jean-Michel Basquiat transformed the art world in the 1980s.

Basquiat's works often address political themes, criticizing racism, social injustice, capitalism and overconsumption. The diversity of the artist's production clearly reflects his intention to counter hierarchies and rules with powerful compositions.

The artist drew inspiration from street art, cartoons, children, advertising, while drawing on his own Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, as well as a convergence of African American and Aztec cultures. with classic themes and contemporary heroes such as athletes.

The use of linguistic signs and symbols is a salient feature of Basquiat's work, from his early drawings to his poetic and conceptual works.

This presentation of some 80 major works from renowned public and private collections sheds new light on Basquiat's unique visual language while deciphering the content of his artistic ideas.


From September 9, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Albertina Museum

Vienna, Austria.


Visuals ⓒ: Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. License granted by Artestar, New York


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