BASQUIAT

Until 8 January 2023

THE SPECTACULAR FALL EXHIBITION AT THE ALBERTINA MUSEUM, VIENNA

Virtually no other artist comes anywhere close to being as representative of the 1980s and that decade’s pulsating New York art scene as does the brilliantly exceptional artistic phenomenon that was Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born in New York as the son of a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother in 1960, he ran away from home at age 17—initially making his way as a graffiti artist and at times even living on the street. It was not long, however, before he began his rapid ascent. Basquiat’s meteoric career can seem something like fast-forwarding through a movie filled with sequences where the principal character interacts with his era’s most significant artists, including David Bowie and Madonna. Moreover, Basquiat also maintained an inspiring friendship with Andy Warhol. His paintings were soon in extremely high demand, appreciating rapidly in value—and by 1982, he had become both the youngest-ever participant in documenta 7 and the first world-famous artist with Afro-American-Caribbean roots. Basquiat was unable to withstand the challenge posed by this quick success for long, however, and he died of a drug overdose in 1988.

Basquiat’s oeuvre is more current than ever and remains every bit as pioneering and visionary as it was back then. His works turn a spotlight both on African heritage and on problematic hierarchies in society, with omnipresent racism being the theme that he found most important and personally relevant. As an eccentric outsider and an exploited superstar of his times, Basquiat now stands among contemporary art’s most significant key figures.

This exhibition at the ALBERTINA Museum is Austria’s first comprehensive museum-based retrospective featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat’s extraordinary oeuvre.

It shows around 50 major works from renowned public and private collections, providing new insights into Basquiat’s one-of-a-kind visual language and decoding the substance behind his artistic ideas.

On view at the ALBERTINA Museum from 9 September 2022 until 8 January 2023.

Image Gallery – 10 Images
Exhibition views | Photos © Robert Bodnar – 6 Images

EXHIBITION PROGRAM 

Public guided tours (in German)
Learn about highlights and backgrounds of the exhibition in a one-hour guided tour of the exhibition.
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Online tours
Join us for a live & digital online tour via Zoom through our grand fall exhibition.
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For private or school tours, please contact our Art Education Department on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at +43 1 534 83 540 or .

BASQUIAT Breakfast
We invite you to pamper yourself with an exquisite breakfast at the DO&CO Albertina restaurant followed by a captivating visit of the exhibition Details regarding the breakfast and booking information can be found here.

Video: Video of the exhibition
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Self Portrait, 1983 | Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul | Photo: Ulrich Ghezzi | © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Self Portrait, 1983 | Collection Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul | Photo: Ulrich Ghezzi | © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Untitled, 1982 | Private Collection, Photo: Peter Schuhböck  © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Untitled, 1982 | Private Collection, Photo: Peter Schuhböck © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Light Blue Movers, 1987 | Nicola Erni Collection, Reto Pedrini Photography © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Light Blue Movers, 1987 | Nicola Erni Collection, Reto Pedrini Photography © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Opening hours The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna
Daily | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday | 10 am to 9 pm

Tickets are available on site at the ticket desks during museum opening hours or in our webshop. The ticket is valid for all exhibitions of the museum that are accessible on the day of your visit.

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To enjoy a relaxed visit, take advantage of hours when the museum is known to be less frequented: the early afternoons on weekdays or after 5:00 pm. On weekends and public holidays we also recommend visiting between 1:00 and 3:00 pm or in the evening.

 

  • Jahrespartner Bank Austria UniCredit
  • Partner BMW
  • Sponsors UNIQA
  •  Raiffeisen Bank International
  •  SIEMENS
  • Media partner Kurier

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