The SCHUNCK Glass Palace on the Bongerd in Heerlen is a cultural institution with a museum for modern and contemporary art, an architecture institute, a library and a music and dance school. SCHUNCK has several venues in Heerlen’s different neighbourhoods. The Glass Palace is on the International Union of Architects’ list of the 1000 most important buildings of the twentieth century and is considered among the most important monuments of Functionalist architecture in the Netherlands alongside the Rietveld Schröder House and the Van Nelle Factory.
Basquiat x SCHUNCK
Basquiat’s New York scene is especially relevant to Heerlen. The do-it-yourself ethos that brought about a cultural revolution in New York in the early 1980s fits perfectly in the former mineworkers’ city that is reinventing itself. This raw and urbane city is a breeding ground for a lively graffiti, hip-hop and breakdancing scene. The large number of murals in the city is a lively example of this cultural scene. Basquiat – The Artist and His New York Scene fits seamlessly withHeerlen’s profile as the city of street art. Combine a visit to the exhibition with a guided tour of the murals, a graffiti workshop, a hip-hop performance or a Basquiat film evening.