Basquiat. The Retrospective

The Albertina dedicates its major autumn exhibition to Jean-Michel Basquiat, who rose to become a superstar of the art world in 1980s New York. Fifty key works from international collections reflect his complex, emotionally charged work.

The major autumn exhibition "Basquiat. The Retrospective" at the Albertina presents one of the most unusual artists of the 20th century: Jean-Michel Basquiat. The special show marks the first comprehensive retrospective on Basquiat curated by a museum in Austria. Around 50 key works of the American, who died in 1988, have been brought together from renowned public and private collections around the world with the aim of providing insights into Basquiat's unusual imagery as well as decrypting his often complex artistic ideas.

The exhibition presents numerous large and intensely colorful works, frequently displaying signs and symbols that are representative of his extensive oeuvre. The exhibited works show Basquiat's central themes: Racism, social injustice, and consumer capitalism. They are on display in the Bastei Hall, the lower ground floor of the Albertina, until January 2023.

9 September 2022 - 8 January 2023


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