The Exhibition ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure’ Opening in NYC April, 2022




Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982. Photo credit: James Van Der Zee . Image courtesy of the Basquiat family

The dates for the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure have been announced. Featuring over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawing, ephemera and artifacts, this celebration of Basquiat’s life will open on April 9, 2022 at the NYC Landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building.

Presale tickets for this exhibition will be available beginning December 22nd. Add your name to the mailing list.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure is a deeply personal exhibition created by the Basquiat family, with the exhibition designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye OBE ~ the architect for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. and the Studio Museum in Harlem to name just a few.

The exhibition’s identity has been created by Abbott Miller of visionary design firm Pentagram. He has previously collaborated with cultural clients including the Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum. Rizzoli Electa will release the accompanying book, also titled Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©, to coincide with the exhibition. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jailbirds, 1983. Image courtesy of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The exhibition will be divided into seven themes ~ An  Introduction (1960) ~ Kings County ~ World Famous ~ Ideal ~ 57 Great Jones Street Studio ~ Art Gallery ~ Place Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Here is a glimpse into each:

1960 – INTRODUCTION– This section of the exhibition introduces audiences to Jean-Michel, his family and his heritage with several self-portraits on display.

KINGS COUNTY– This section provides an overview of Jean-Michel’s childhood in Brooklyn and Puerto Rico. It will include an environmental evocation of Jean-Michel’s childhood home, ephemera and works by Jean-Michel including newsletters from City-as-School, sketchbooks, personal notes and effects, home movies, interviews with family members, early drawings and sculptures.

WORLD FAMOUS– This section details Jean-Michel’s meteoric early success and includes paintings and other ephemera. 

IDEAL – 57 Great Jones Street Studio (August 1983) Studio Recreation– Jean-Michel’s Great Jones Street studio will be recreated and include paintings, drawings, sketches, personal effects, his furniture, bicycle (his main method of transportation since he had trouble catching a cab), and his videotape and book collections. 

ART GALLERY– This section will consist of several thematically arranged galleries with approximately 100 paintings and drawings. All works are owned by the Estate and most of them have never been seen before.

PALLADIUM– In 1985, Jean-Michel created two paintings, Nu-Nile and Untitled, for iconic NYC nightclub Palladium’s VIP area, the Michael Todd Room. The exhibition will recreate this space including video and soundtrack. 

PLACE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT– This gallery will contain oral histories from members of Jean-Michel’s family and a close circle of friends as well as posthumous awards and exhibitions. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (World Famous Vol. 1 Thesis), 1983. Crayon on paper. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiate. Image courtesy of the Basquiat family.

Global media- company VICE joined the family as a participating sponsor for the exhibition. In addition, VICE will host an Instagram Live conversation with Jean-Michel’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux on December 15, 2022 at 5:30 PM ET on their Instagram @VICE. Jeanine and Lisane will be joining from @BasquiatKingPleasure and @JeanMichelBasquiatEstate . The conversation will give insight into the exhibition, how Jeanine and Lisane put it together, and why it was important for them to create a space where they honor Jean-Michel and celebrate his work with everyone. VICE’s inclusive and global platform is an ideal place to share this conversation. They join Spotify and Phillips as the initial participating sponsor of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©

VICE Media Group is a global multi-platform media company. Launched in 1994, VICE has offices across 25 countries across the globe with a focus on five key businesses:, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICE TV, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency. VICE Media Group’s portfolio includes Refinery29, the leading global media and entertainment company focused on women; PULSE Films, a London-based next-generation production studio with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin; and i-D, a global digital and bimonthly magazine defining fashion and contemporary culture and design.

 Photo: Miranda Penn Turin, LtoR: Jeanine Heriveaux, Lisane Basquiat. Image courtesy of the Basquiat family.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photo credit: Lee Jaffe. Image courtesy of the Basquiat family.

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