PARISIAN STROLL #12 – Keith Haring at the Musée d’ Art Moderne

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in association with Le CENTQUATRE, is devoting a wide-ranging retrospective to American artist Keith Haring.

Text: Christina Zikou


Keith Haring (1958-1990) was one of the most famous artists of his time, and even today his inimitable style with its strong, graphic line and emblematic signs, remains familiar to all. After completing his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he consciously and frequently chose to express himself both at street and public spaces to make contact with the widest possible audience.

Beginning with Documenta 7 in 1982, his creations were exhibited alongside those of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer and Daniel Buren, as well in museums and biennials around the world. The importance of his work, in particular its profoundly “political” content, is to be explored via a large amount of “subway drawings” paintings, works on paper and sculptures which speak of social justice, individual freedom and change, at The Political Line exhibit curated by Dieter Buchhart and Odile Burluraux.

Le CENTQUATRE takes the retrospective at a higher level, presenting a selection of Haring’s monumental works, notably one of his most important series: The Ten Commandments, dating from 1985. Massive in scale – ten panels, each seven meters high – the works reveal the artist’s radical interpretation of the Decalogue. Not to miss!

Infο: The exhibition Keith Haring The Political Line runs from April 19th to August 18th at The Muséé d’Art Moderne, Le CENTQUATRE, 5  rue Curial  75019 Paris. For more information, please go to