Jean-Michel Basquiat at Fondation Louis Vuitton


[Many thanks to Dominique Brebion bringing this item to our attention.] TimeOut Paris announces that the Louis Vuitton Foundation (in the stunning Frank Gehry-designed cultural center in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne) will hold a retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat, from October 3, 2018 to January 19, 2019. Houssine Bouchama reports:

After displacing more than 200 masterpieces of modern art from the MoMA, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [Fondation Louis Vuitton] treats us to another cult figure with a new blockbuster exhibition. From October 3, 2018 to January 19, 2019, the huge cruise ship designed by Frank Gehry will house an impressive retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the American painter who died of an overdose in 1988.

The foundation will focus on the ante mortem decade (1980-1988): a time when the mischievous one takes a liking for the aesthetic qualities of graphics, letters and signs. This is what one remembers from his short career: paintings marked by a strong sense of sophistication and avant-garde. About a hundred works will be aligned to (re) discover his universe (for those who did not have the chance to go to London), such as the famous series Heads from 1981-1982.

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