This focused thematic exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat (USA, 1960–1988), supplemented by works of other artists of his generation, is devoted to the formative chapter in the artist’s career through the prism of his personality and the role of cultural activity in New York in the early 1980s.
The starting point of the exhibition is the painting “The Death of Michael Stewart”, informally known as “Damage”. The work was created by Basquiat in 1983 in memory of the fate of the young black artist Michael Stewart, who suffered at the hands of the New York Transport Police after painting a wall with graffiti at the East Village subway station. And, although Stewart died from the beatings two weeks after the incident, the court fully acquitted the police officers involved in the cruel beating.
This exhibition, devoted to about twenty paintings and works by Basquiat and his contemporaries on paper, explores the study of the Basquiat black personality, his protest against police brutality and his attempts to create a special aesthetic language of empowerment.