The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, in collaboration with the Fondazione Pisa and Palazzo Blu, is proud to present the exhibition project entitled Keith Haring.
Curated by Kaoru Yanase, Chief Curator of the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection in Japan, this exhibition will focus on Haring's art and life through a rich selection of works, with a focus on his 1989 Pisa mural painting "Tuttomondo".
The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection is the personal collection of Dr Kazuo Nakamura, now on display in the museum dedicated to the artist in Japan. It brings together works ranging from Haring's early days to his later works, including many complete series of prints such as Apocalypse (1988), Blueprint Drawings, (1990) and several other drawings, sculptures and large works on canvas such as Untitled (1985).
Widely recognised for his brightly coloured and jubilant works of art, Haring's art also presents strong messages about our society. In this exhibition the public will be invited to discover another side of his creativity, the visual message of the chaotic 1980s which, conveyed through his art, continues to resonate with us today, 31 years after his death.
Keith Haring lived through the upheavals of 1980s New York.
The American economy was in bad shape, especially in New York, where many social problems such as violence, drugs, discrimination and poverty plagued the city. Without the Internet, mobile phones or social media, Haring tried to communicate with as wide an audience as possible. In order to make art available to everyone, he broke with the tradition of art and poured his whole self into his work.
Tragically, this only lasted a short time as he died of AIDS-related complications at the age of only 31. However, his works and message still remain relevant, especially in today's world with the global problems we face: the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and growing inequalities, to name but a few.