The Philharmonie de Paris is organising the first exhibition devoted to Jean-Michel Basquiat's powerful relationship with music, which is as much about hearing as seeing.
Emerging from the multidisciplinary New York art community of the late 1970s, Jean-Michel Basquiat's talent was revealed at the confluence of two major musical waves: no wave and hip-hop.
The exhibition "Basquiat soundtracks " presents a collection of some hundred works and offers an immersive experience in the places and sounds that have shaped Basquiat's career as a painter and musician and fuelled his inspiration. The scenography allows the artist's pictorial work to be shown in a new light, while the photocopy takes on the value of a sample and the mix acts as a structuring principle.
Rare archives, emblematic musical instruments, and previously unpublished audiovisual documents** complete the exhibition and put into perspective Basquiat's work, which, although still closely linked to club culture - from the underground to the most flamboyant nightclubs of the 1980s - has now revealed its universal dimension.
*The exhibition is organised by the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
From 06/04 to 30/07/2023. Closed on Monday. Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 6pm
Friday from 12pm to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm
During the French school holidays (zone C):
Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Full price: 14 €, Reduced price: 8 to 11 €.
Free entry for children < 16 years.