High School | BASQUIAT. The Retrospective

14–18 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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Basquiat created paintings that bubble over with energy and captivate the viewer. But it’s only upon closer inspection that their explosions of color, their expressive lines and shapes reveal the gigantic palette upon which he drew: 1980s New York, references from the artist’s everyday life, allusions to anatomy, art history, and mythology, African-American culture, music, literature, and advertising. Our guided tour of the exhibition focuses on the diverse influences that came together in Basquiat’s unique painting style and examines his positioning and significance in art history.

In this program’s hands-on studio workshop (30 minutes), students create graphic works by collaging various elements of Basquiat’s style.
 

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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