the artist

and his

new york scene

02 feb t0
02 jun 2019


SCHUNCK is proud to present Basquiat – the artist and his New York scene. The European premiere of the early work and life of visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries. The exhibition is set to take place from February 2, 2019 to June 2, 2019 in Heerlen.



Come and meet this iconic painter through his work in his formative years. In the intimate setting of the apartment that he shared with former girlfriend Alexis Adler (1979).


SCHUNCK brings the exhibition Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver to the European continent for the first time. Furthermore SCHUNCK invites you to the vibrant and raw New York art scene in which Basquiat developed in no time from a street-artist to the iconic artist we know him to be.
We present the work he made during these years of development: from the poetic graffiti texts to the almost immediately coveted canvasses of which an early selection can be seen in the exhibition. We meet his NY scene trough the exhibition that ensured Basquiats breakthrough; the big and legendary Times Square Show (1980). In this co-created Times Square Show Basquiat exhibited together with others like Keith Haring, Nan Goldin and Jenny Holzer.  SCHUNCK shows 50 original works from the exhibition. Finally, the SCHUCNK exhibition highlights a special piece of Dutch art history by addressing the very fast Dutch reception of Basquiat and his scene.

Basquiat before Basquiat

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Times Square Show

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SAMO (c)

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The Artist in His Studio

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Boom for real

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Free entrance to the Mijnmuseum with your Basquiat ticket

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Free entrance to the Mining Museum with your Basquiat Ticket!

An extensive collection of mine items can be admired in the Dutch Mining Museum. You can also take part in guided tours where enthusiastic volunteers take you to the rich mining past of Heerlen and the (former) Mijnstreek. The Dutch Mining Museum is housed in the shaft building of shaft 2 of the former Oranje-Nassau I mine, one of the most striking buildings in Heerlen.

The Dutch Mining Museum can be reached on foot within 15 minutes from SCHUNCK


  • You will receive a free cup of coffee on presentation of your Basquiat ticket.
  • The promotion applies per person per ticket.
  • The promotion is valid until 2 June 2019.
  • This promotion can only be used during the regular opening hours of the Dutch Mining Museum.
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Basquiat + Food + Music

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SUBSCRIBE! For another great initiative from the city.

On Easter Monday, April 22 in Betahuis in Heerlen, you can have a nice vegetable lunch and a inspiring “listen”.

Aline Ploeg, graphic design and vegan inspirator serves a NY-inspired lunch while sociologist Theo Ploeg and pop connoisseur and music lover Marco Smeets take you into the musical story of a city in decline.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is that of New York in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Underground and mainstream merged. Musicians, artists, bon vivants, low-lifes and other strange birds went to the almost deflated Manhattan. A creative scene emerged that proved to be an excellent musical breeding ground. Artists such as Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie and Ramones are taking the first steps in their career. The no-nonsense musical genre no wave is coming up and will ultimately affect many pop musicians.

Practical information
The walk-in is from 12.30 pm We start at 1 pm.
There is room for 20 people.
The costs are €15,- per person for lunch and lecture.
Prior registration is required. You can do this by sending an email to

Tip: you can join the free* tour of the Basquiat exhibition in SCHUNCK at 11:30 am prior to this lunch and lecture. If you want to be sure of your place during this tour, let us know when you register.
Be on time because full = full.
* the tour is free upon presentation of a valid ticket for the Basquiat exhibition. Starting point is located in the central hall of SCHUNCK

Ten thousandth visitor Basquiat exhibition

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April 5, 2019:

It was about noon. At that time, Mr. Rob Boddeke and Mrs. Georgine Voogt from Heemstede (Netherlands) bought tickets for the Basquiat exhibition in the Heerlen museum. They were therefore the ten thousandth visitor. Mr. and Mrs. received flowers and congratulations from director Kor Bonnema, and a prize package from the exhibition partners Parkstad Limburg Theaters, VVV Zuid Limburg, municipality of Heerlen, 100% Heerlen and Heerlen Mijn Stad. The winners then entered the museum for a private guided tour of the exhibition. “We are incredibly surprised. The exhibition has been on our wish list for some time. What a great coincidence that we started our day trip in Limburg today in Heerlen”, says Mrs. Voogt.

With this milestone, the visitor numbers for the exhibition are well on track, says Kor Bonnema, general director of SCHUNCK: “Every week many visitors find their way to the exhibition in the SCHUNCK Glass Palace. Ten thousand so far. There is also an extensive public program with lectures, Buurtbattles [ed. : hip-hop competitions in community centers], films, workshops, school tours, performances, Basquiat Cafés, a graduation exhibition and more [ed. : see]. In this way we aim to inspire people, who may not be a regular visitor of the museum, with the story of Basquiat and his New York scene. The total reach of the Basquiat project is therefore unprecedented. “



Photos koninklijke opening basquiat

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Photos: Harry Heuts
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Om op te slaan, gebruik rechtermuisknop > ‘Opslaan als’

The documentary ‘BOOM FOR REAL, The late teenage years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’ examines the period which the exhibition addresses. View the trailer below.

Educational program


Jean-Michel Basquiat was a special artist, an autodidact who learned through looking. During the exhibition we will take a look at his works of art, talk about it and think about it with pupils of different ages and all levels.Pupils go to work themselves with materials that Basquiat used and things that inspired him.


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Buy your tickets here

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