Basquiat: Boom for Real

Until January 28
The UK’s first ever large-scale Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) exhibition will open at the Barbican in September. Surprisingly, since his tragic death, Basquiat’s artistic talents have been little celebrated in the UK, thankfully “Basquiat: Boom for Real” is set to change things.
Jean Michel-Basquiat, King Zulu, 1986_©The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photo-Gasull Fotografia
With a focus on Basquiat’s relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television, the show will bring together over one hundred works which will incorporate rare film, photography, music and archival material - paying tribute to the range and dynamism of Basquiat’s practice during his short life.

Works which have never before been shown in the UK will be exhibited alongside many of the New Yorker's best-known images.

“Basquiat: Boom for Real” will also give visitors the rare chance to view works in context of the New York art scene during the 1980s, of which Jean-Michel Basquiat was a huge part of.


Barbican , Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican, Moorgate
Opening hours:
Saturday–Wednesday: 10am–6pm; Thursday–Friday: 10am–9pm
Entry fee:
Standard: £16 / Concessions (OAP and unemployed): £12 / Students/14-17:£10 Young Barbican (14 -25s): £5
September 21 - January 28


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