Jean-Michel Basquiat

  • 1960 - 1988
  • Born in 1960, in United States

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American with a Haitian father, gained recognition as an artist in the 1980s. His rise to prominence was swift but his career was cut short. Between 1977 and 1980 he was a graffiti artist, tagging his mysterious, subversive messages with the name SAMO©. By 1980 he was frequenting artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Francesco Clemente, and abandoned graffiti for painting.

In The Collection

Exhibition of the Collection

From 3 June 2015 to 4 January 2016

Pop & Music

The collection is constantly evolving. This third presentation of the Collection of the Fondation's artworks, with popist lines, including music and sound, gather more than twenty contemporary artists.

Exhibition of the Collection

From 4 May 2024 to 9 September 2024

The Collection: A Sports Meeting

In resonance with the passage of the Olympic flame, the Fondation presents in the famous building of Frank Gehry, «The Collection: A Sports Meeting».  
A selection of works from our Collection is on display at the second level of the building. In their polyphony, they offer a poetic and offbeat look around the theme of sport. From Galerie 9 to Galerie 11, the works of five French and international artists are brought together.