June 3, 2023 - May 6, 2024
This exhibition presents four chapters— "Underground Culture," "Homoeroticism and HIV/AIDS," "Art in Society," and "From New York to the World"—to explore Haring's relationship with society and the contemporary relevance of his work.
８月開催！「フードトラックがキース・ヘリング美術館の森にやってきた！」Food Trucks have arrived at Nakamura Keith Haring Collection Forest!" Event
Pre-sale Tickets for the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum's Queer Film Screening Event
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"Keith Haring: The Downtown Renaissance" Webpage Now Open
In the 1970s and 1980s, New York City, where Keith Haring lived, was a city full of possibilities. New cultures, such as punk rock and hip-hop fashion, thrived, and individuals from all corners of the globe flocked to the city in pursuit of success. However, it was also a dangerous place, where drugs and crime were rampant, with the city existing in a precarious balance between these conflicting realities.
Haring's works, created in this societal backdrop during the 1980s, still have a powerful impact on us today. They address issues such as coexistence with life-threatening infectious diseases, child welfare education, and human rights, which are essential for realizing a sustainable society. Through exhibitions that showcase a wealth of materials, including documentary photographs taken by photographers who lived during the same period, we aim to disseminate the messages that Haring left behind.
1. Underground Culture
In this chapter, young Haring, who moved to New York, showcases his drawings from the early 1980s, along with photographic materials of nightclubs that were flourishing at the time and greatly influenced him. The exhibition reveals the clubs, which became hubs for Haring's important art activities, such as painting murals inside and organizing his own events and exhibitions. It captures the atmosphere and energy of that era.
2. Homoeroticism and HIV/AIDS
In the 1980s, when the term "LGBTQ+" had not yet emerged and discrimination, prejudice, and oppression against sexual minorities were more prevalent than today, Haring openly pursued his artistic career as a gay man. This identity played a crucial role in his creative endeavors. The exhibition showcases Haring's homoerotic art, including pieces featuring male genitalia, as well as works created to foster a proper understanding of HIV/AIDS, which profoundly affected the gay community at the time, and those made for activism and advocacy.
3. Art in Society
Haring, who used his art to address various social issues, put a special emphasis on education and welfare for children, creating numerous works for their benefit. The exhibition showcases the "Mural for Mount Sinai Hospital," being displayed in Japan for the first time, illustrating Haring's dedication and connection to children. Additionally, materials from the "Pop Shop," which opened in New York City with the intention of making art accessible to everyone, are also featured. The exhibition highlights the continuing evolution of Haring's art, which remains alive and influential in today's society.