Keith Haring exhibition at the Museum Folkwang: E.ON makes a unique artist's exhibition possible


Keith Haring, Untitled, 1981, Private collection, courtesy Martin Lawrence Galleries, (c) Keith Haring Foundation
Keith Haring
Untitled, 1981,
Private collection, courtesy Martin Lawrence Galleries
(c) Keith Haring Foundation

E.ON is continuing its long-standing tradition of art sponsorship in Essen and supporting the Museum Folkwang in the realization of a major exhibition by the famous U.S. artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). From May 29, 2020, the Museum Folkwang will be showing a wide-ranging retrospective of his works.

Haring, who died at an early age, is one of the most internationally renowned artists; his works and motifs still enjoy unbroken popularity worldwide. His work is striking, socially critical, and political: as the mouthpiece of his generation, Haring's works responded to pressing themes of his time such as dictatorships, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS, capitalism, and environmental destruction.

Haring's dancing figures, barking dogs, and flying saucers are unmistakable, with which the American artist made his activist messages clear to everyone. His style originated in the dynamics of the time, which was characterized by the club culture of the underground, space travel, robotics, and video games.

The exhibition at the Museum Folkwang brings together early drawings and experiments with video and performance, large-format paintings on paper, canvas and vinyl.

Haring's aim has always been to create an art that is visible and understandable for all viewers: “The decision is a fundamental one. Is art only there for a few educated people, or is art there for all people?”

E.ON is the main sponsor of the exhibition at the Museum Folkwang. For around 40 years now, the company has been supporting major exhibitions in Essen to enable people in the city and region to visit cultural highlights.

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