Keith Haring in Milan

Posted on February 24, 2017

The Palazzo Reale in Milan will host a big Keith Haring exhibtion from February 21 until l June 8. There are 110 works in the show titled: 'Keith Haring, About Art'. The aim is to showcase not only Haring's works but also works that he was inspired by. Haring took inspiration from anything and everything like counterculture and political statements to big names in contemporary and classical art, from Italian Renaissance and archeology and ancient languages and peoples. Some of the works shown in the exhibit have never been put on display before. Haring is perhaps best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, with which he graced the subways of New York City. 

Haring was one of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century and his art is usually seen as an expression of a socially and politically active counterculture focusing on the issues of his time like drugs, racism, gay rights and AIDS. Haring's works at the Pallazo Reale are shown side by side with art by Pollock or Paul Klee but also with historical objects and works from the Renaissance era. Haring was inspired by many different movements, artists and historical objects and he reinterpreted  them in his own unique and unmistakable style. This way of showing the works creates and opens up a dialogue between Haring and other artists, artworks and cultures he took inspiration from, helping the viewer to see his work in a broader historical context rather than solely viewing him as an street artist or activist. His work was aimed to bring together artistic styles into his own unique, personal one with a symbolism that is universal but also put humanity at its center.

Photography: La Republica