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Jean-Michel Basquiat in The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome

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from 24 March to 2 July 2017

The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome pays tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) – an iconic and controversial figure in New York culture throughout the 1980s – in an extensive exhibition that includes some of his most important works from the Mugrabi Collection.

The Chiostro del Bramante is a space that has no temporal, stylistic or cultural walls. Ranging from antique art to the latest and most forward-looking artistic expressions, it is one of the most important Italian and international museums. Its last exhibition, ‘Love, Contemporary Art Meets Amour’, attracted over 150,000 mainly very young visitors.

Now, from 24 March to 2 July 2017, the Chiostro presents an impressive exhibition of the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat chosen from the Mugrabi Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary art. There are about 100 works in the 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 of time 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. Almost thirty years after his death in August 1988, his works and his artistic language continue to fascinate the public all over the world.

Basquiat died of an overdose at only 27 years of age – the seemingly inevitable outcome of a life split between genius and excess. Although Basquiat’s artistic activities had taken shape over a mere decade of time, in this brief period his frenetic energy brought him to produce a body of work characterized by a style and a spirit that have made him one of the great witnesses of his epoch.

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