A New Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibit Is Coming To The MFA

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A New Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibit Is Coming To The MFA

“Writing the Future” is opening at the MFA on Sunday, October 18!

Calling all of Boston’s art lovers! An exciting new exhibition is coming soon to the MFA! Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation is the first major exhibition to contextualize Basquiat’s work in relation to early hip-hop culture.

Hollywood Africans, Jean‑Michel Basquiat, 1983. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The exhibit is bringing to Boston 120 works (25 of which are Basquiat’s) by Basquiat’s friends and collaborators A-OneEROFab 5 FreddyFuturaKeith HaringKool KoorLA2Lady PinkLee QuiñonesRammellzee and Toxic. During the 80s, these artists experimented with new directions in fine art, design, and music, turning hip-hop culture into a global movement.


Super Robber, Rammellzee, 1985. © 2020 The Rammellzee Estate. Courtesy of MFA Boston.

“Basquiat and his friends knocked on the closed doors of the art world, the knock turned into a push and that push turned into a forceful toppling of long-established structures. We are proud to honor these artists and to celebrate hip-hop culture in all its forms, as a revolutionary movement that reaches and empowers young people in Boston and around the world,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director, in a press release.


Decorated suit, Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990) and LA2 (Angel Ortiz),1984. © Keith Haring Foundation. Courtesy of MFA Boston.

In addition to the numerous paintings, sculptures and objects, Writing the Future also features an installation highlighting the artists’ legacy in Boston. The video and series of wall labels offer personal responses to select works of art by a group of local individuals convened through the Table of Voices, the MFA’s recently launched platform for embedding community perspectives into exhibition planning processes.

Originally meant to open in April 2020, Writing the Future had to be postponed due to the pandemic and will now be opening at the MFA on Sunday, October 18 until May 16, 2021. Member preview starts October 14 and admittance to Basquiat’s new exhibit requires prior ticket reservations, which can be done online through the MFA website.

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[Featured image: Courtesy of MFA Boston]