An exhibition of the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat (chosen from the Mugrabi Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary art) is on display at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome – one of this writers favourite exhibition spaces in the Eternal City and renowned for their excellent exhibition programs.
There are about 100 works in this Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition: acrylics and oils, drawings, important collaborative works with Andy Warhol, silkscreen prints and ceramics produced between 1981 and 1987, a period in which almost all of Basquiat’s turbulent and anguished life and career unfolded. Basquiat played an emblematic role in the New York art scene during the 1980s, and he quickly became one of the most popular artists of our times.
His inspirational muses were music – something he was never to relinquish and that was always a presence in his paintings – and ancient Greek and Roman and African art. Among his friends were Andy Warhol, with whom he had a particularly strong intellectual affinity, John Lurie, Arto Lindsay, Keith Haring and Madonna.
Basquiat died of an overdose at only 27 years of age. Basquiat’s artistic activities took place over a short decade of time, and in this brief period his frenetic energy created a body of work characterized by a style and a spirit that has made him a cultural icon.
Chiostro del Bramante – Via Arco della Pace, 5 Rome Tel: [+39] 06 68 80 90 35 – Exhibition finishes on July 2, 2017