#FLVfromhome : Jean Michel Basquiat

Exhibition From 13.05.2020 to 20.05.2020

© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Licensed by Artestar, New York © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Jules Hidrot

The Fondation invites you to go back on the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition, presented by 3 October 2018 to 21 January 2019.

The exhibition covered Jean-Michel Basquiat’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988, focusing on 120 defining works. He is considered as one of the most significant painters of the 20th century.

At a young age, Jean-Michel Basquiat left school and made his first studio in the streets of New York. Very quickly, his painting achieved great success, which the artist both sought out and felt subjected to. His work refers back to the eruption of modernity, that of the expressionists, but his filiations are numerous. The acuteness of his gaze, his visits to museums, and the reading of a number of books gave him a real sense of culture. Yet his gaze was directed: the absence of black artists being painfully evident, the artist imposed the need to depict African American culture and revolts in equal measure in his work. Basquiat’s death in 1988 interrupted a very prolific body of work, carried out within a decade, with over one thousand paintings and even more drawings.

 Credit: © Fondation Louis Vuitton – 2019, directed by Alyssa Verbizh


Chief Curator: Suzanne Pagé

Curator: Dieter Buchhart in collaboration with Anna Karina Hofbauer and assisted by Lexie Jordan

Associate curator for the Paris exhibition: Olivier Michelon assisted by Camila Souyri


The Fondation offers audio content to enable you to discover the works of the Collection or past exhibitions differently. Go to #FLVaudio of the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition to learn more about his journey through his artwork.