“Art is life. Life is art. The importance of both is over-exaggerated as well as misunderstood.”
Keith Haring in Journals, 1978
The exhibition presents for the first time in Europe a rich selection of works, over 170, from the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, the personal collection of Kazuo Nakamura
The “Keith Haring” exhibition, at Palazzo Blu in Pisa, from 12 November 2021 to 17 April 2022, created by the Pisa Foundation in collaboration with MondoMostre and with the extraordinary participation of the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, curated by Kaoru Yanase, Chief Curator of the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, pays homage to the American artist, universally recognized among the fathers of street-art, who stayed in Pisa in 1989, to paint the famous mural “Tuttomondo” on a wall of the convent of S. Antonio.
The exhibition presents for the first time in Europe a rich selection of works, over 170, from the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, the personal collection of Kazuo Nakamura, which is located in the museum dedicated to the artist, in Japan. They are part of the collection, and are on display in Pisa, works ranging from the earliest works of Haring to the last, many complete series such as Apocalypse (1988), Flowers (1990) and various other drawings, sculptures as well as large works on canvas such as Untitled (1985). Widely recognized for his brightly colored and jubilant artworks, Haring’s works are familiar and known even to those unfamiliar with his brief artistic parable because his stylized and moving men, his hearts, his dogs and his his signs in general are part of the baggage of public images and not only, all over the world and it is precisely these that made him a symbol of pop culture and art of the Eighties.