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Queen Máxima opens exhibition Basquiat – The Artist and His New York Scene in Heerlen

Queen Máxima opens exhibition Basquiat – The Artist and His New York Scene Her Majesty Queen Máxima will open the exhibition Basquiat – The Artist and His New York Scene at SCHUNCK museum in Heerlen on Thursday 31 January.

The exhibition tells the story of the work and life of the young Basquiat and contemporaries from his period in New York between 1978 and 1982. During the exhibition there is an early work by Basquiat and his contemporaries, including poetic graffiti texts and large canvases.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York and became known as one of the members of SAMO, a duo of graffiti artists who covered the walls of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1970s with enigmatic texts. In a few years Basquiat developed from a graffiti artist to internationally recognized artist.
He died at the age of 27 from the consequences of an overdose.

Basquiat and his social and artistic context mirror the post-industrial and street-wise character of Heerlen. The closure of the mines led to such problems in Heerlen as drugs, prostitution and vacant, abandoned buildings in the eighties and nineties. At the same time, this background was a breeding ground for a lively graffiti, hip-hop and break-dance scene, just like in New York in the early 1980s.

Text and photo: RDV ( Government Information Service) nr. 298. Translation: Communications-Unlimited.nl

Read more about the exhibition here: https://www.communications-unlimited.nl/a-world-class-exhibition-in-heerlen/