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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Photos: Harry Heuts
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Exhibition under Construction

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Exhibition under Construction  


Since mid-December, the construction and building of the exhibition is at full pace.This week one of the large canvases that SCHUCNK gets on loan was brought in. BEAST.

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Municipality of Heerlen, VVV Zuid Limburg, Heerlen Mijn Stad and IBA Parkstad are working to give visitors at the Basquiat expo a helping hand when they visit the city of Heerlen.They launched the website and a new city map to make your visit to the city of Heerlen a pleasantly and complete stay.

In addition, VVV Zuid Limburg is gathering initiatives and arrangements that entrepreneurs from the region are offering in relation to the Basquiat exhibition. All of these can be found on the website.  We will also highlight them on this news-spot, just for you.

Neighborhood Initiative: Museumkring Lecture

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Museumkring Lezing Basquiat

Inspired by the announcement of our exhibition, art historianInge van Velzen announced a lecture about Basquiat in the Museumkring.

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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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