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2 October

Keith Haring Weekend

With one hundred and twenty artworks from international collections, the exhibition highlights in detail the social and political aspects of the life’s work from the world-famous artist and activist Keith Haring. Remarkably, his first exhibition outside of the USA took place in Rotterdam in 1982. In 2015, twenty-five years after Haring’s death, this Kunsthal exhibition is a testament to the fact that his art is as influential today as it ever was. Keith Haring’s artworks are impressive and create a visual spectacle; from his early ‘subway drawings’ – his first public works in New York metro stations – and large-scale paintings on canvas and vinyl tarps, to his numerous works on paper, miscellaneous objects and sculptures. Together with diary excerpts and other archival and documentary material, the thematic collection of artworks in ‘The Political Line’ illustrates just how committed Keith Haring was to addressing the complex issues of his day. Although his career spanned just a single decade, the effect of his visual language is none the less for it. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung in Munich and guest curator Dr Dieter Buchhart, in cooperation with the Keith Haring Foundation, New York. ‘The Political Line’ is based on an exhibition of the same name held at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Le Centquatre (2013) and the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco (2014, de Young Museum). Get more info HERE