The art exhibitions in Milan continue without a break, offering unique opportunities to the art lovers and tourists. While Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro and Jean-Michel Basquiat Baquiat exhibitions are coming to the end, Palazzo Reale will host another great artist: Keith Haring.
“Keith Haring – About Art”, this is the name of the exhibition event which will be inaugurated on 20th February and there will be open to the public until 18th June 2017. This is the second main retrospective that Milan dedicates to this American artist, after the Triennale’s Keith Haring exhibition more than ten years ago in the 2005-2006 season.
This event is a tribute to an artist who loved and was loved by Milan; his art has been promoted, during the Eighties, by the fashion designer Elio Fiorucci (died in 2015), who helped Keith Haring becoming popular in Italy.
Keith Haring’s art is a social phenomenon. His own personality expressed in his works was confronted with historical European and American artistic references that the artist drew on, the primitivism, the American comics, the Walt Disney cartoons, through the pop art and expressionism.
Born in 1958 in a Pennsylvania town, Haring moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts when he was 19.
Haring was attracted from the art of the graffiti that were rapidly spreading in the city since the late seventies and decided to embrace this movement, starting to paint his works in the New York metro sides. Photos of his work began to circulate, and his style, made of stylized and original icon characters that became very popular in a short time, began to arouse the interest of gallery owners.
In the early Eighties, he exhibited his works in important locations such as the Club 57, a nightclub located at 57 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village attended by the most important New York artistic exponents. Here Haring met the person who turned his career: Andy Warhol. This intense friendship helped the young artist’s career.
He began to exhibit in the most famous European galleries and, in conjunction with the opening of his studio in SoHo (Lower Manhattan), its icons ended up on t-shirt, bags, sweatshirts and all sorts of gadgets. It became so famous that the Swatch, the famous Swiss watch brand, hided him to create a watch new line that it would have been became a huge success.
But his brilliant young career, however, would have been drawn to a close; in 1988 he was diagnosed with HIV virus and he died at only 30 on 16th February 1990. Just before his death, the American artist completed his final and important work, a large murals dedicated to peace in the world, realized in Pisa in1989.
It’s useful to know that the art of Keith Haring had a great impact to the following artist generations, such as the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a great friend of Haring.
The Palazzo Reale exhibition is a journey through the works of this great artist, a dedication that Milan wants to pay tribute to his art: “Keith Haring – About Art”, curated by Gianni Mercurio, covers the entire Haring’s career and is a unique chance to admire his most important works.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, created by the artist shortly before his death.