SEEING LOUD: Basquiat and Music

October 16th, 2022

  • Now's the Time
  • Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie,
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Now’s the Time, 1985, acrylic and oil stick on plywood, diam. 235 cm. Courtesy The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

The Brant Foundation is pleased to loan to the exhibition SEEING LOUD: Basquiat and Music at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. 

October 15, 2022 – February 19, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: Montreal, October 12, 2022 – The Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal (MMFA), in collaboration with the Musée de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, invites visitors to immerse themselves in the visual and musical landscape of the phenomenal artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-
1988). On view from October 15, 2022, to February 19, 2023, Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music offers an in-depth look at the powerful connections between music and the artist’s life and work. The first exhibition ever to focus on the role of music in Basquiat’s artistic practice, the show explores his art in relation to the New York music scene of the 1970s and 80s. It introduces visitors to the sounds he incorporated into his painting – from opera to jazz to hip-hop – and to the musicians who inspired him. A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the exhibition brings together over a hundred works in addition to many audio clips, videos exhibited for the first time, notebooks and rare archival materials.