Middle School | BASQUIAT. The Retrospective

10–14 years
 

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.

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.

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

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How did Jean-Michel Basquiat go from graffiti/street artist to one of the art world’s brightest stars? On this visit to our exhibition, students investigate important stages of the artist’s life, analyze his typical painting style, and learn to decipher his codes and motifs. The pulsating metropolis of New York, the music of the 1980s and African-American life during this period, and Basquiat’s meteoric rise and fall are among the themes of this tour.

In our 30-minute hands-on studio workshop, school students experiment with cut-up technique (a creative method where chance plays a central role) and combine this with graphic elements. In the hour-long workshop variant, their creative work also includes gouache elements and collage technique.
 

Duration

  • 90 minutes
    (60 min tour of the exhibition and 30 min workshop in the Formatwerk studio)
  • 120 minutes
    (60 min tour of the exhibition and 60 min workshop in the  Formatwerk studio)

 

Price

There is no entrance fee for children.
Fee for the guided tour per participant of the group:

60-minute program

EUR 4

90-minute program

EUR 5

120-minute program

EUR 6

Teachers and attendants (max. of 2 per class/group) visit the exhibition for free and are responsible for the group throughout the museum visit.

School classes over 25 students are divided.
 

Inquiries & Contact

ALBERTINA Art Education
on working days between 9 am and 4 pm under T +43 1 534 83 540 or E

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Jean-Michel Basquiat | Untitled, 1982 | 76,2 x 55,8 cm Acryl und Ölkreide | (Private Collection, Photo: Peter Schuhböck © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Untitled, 1982 | 76,2 x 55,8 cm Acryl und Ölkreide | (Private Collection, Photo: Peter Schuhböck © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Light Blue Movers, 1987 | 274 × 285 cm Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand | (Nicola Erni Collection, Reto Pedrini Photography © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)
Jean-Michel Basquiat | Light Blue Movers, 1987 | 274 × 285 cm Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand | (Nicola Erni Collection, Reto Pedrini Photography © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)
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