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Bologna and the exhibition on the genes of Pop Art

29 March - 2023

Warhol, Haring, Basquiat – Art, Music and Fashion

Bologna remains at the center of Italian artistic and cultural interest, confirming itself as one of the most appealing cities of art thanks to a unique historical heritage in the world and international exhibitions of great interest.

From March until 18 June there will be an unmissable exhibition in the city that combines three of the greatest exponents of Pop Art in a single artistic journey.
A few steps from Galleria Cavour, in fact, at Palazzo Belloni, it will be possible to visit the exhibition “Warhol, Haring, Basquiat – Art, Music and Fashion”. For the first time in Italy, thanks to the production of Next Exhibition and the care of Edoardo Falcioni, the master of Pop Art and those who are considered his spiritual children, will be brought together in a single great artistic story.

The partnership between the three artists was born in New York, in the frenzy of the suburbs of the Big Apple, epicenter in the 80s of trends and fashions that often arose in the underground clubs that animated it.
It is precisely from this inspiration that the Palazzo Belloni exhibition starts, which aims to show the most significant works of these three geniuses but also to reproduce the climate and soul of those places where excesses often turned into art. Andy Warhol is one of the pioneers of modern art and at the time he had already understood that art needed to leave museums, expand its borders towards other worlds and touch people’s daily lives. Music, therefore, was one of the natural fields in which to experiment one’s creativity. Between the Factory and Studio 54, in fact, the careers of some of the musical legends of the time were born or consecrated, who amplified their superstar status with the myth of the image that an artist like Warhol knew how to imprint on covers, magazines and albums. On display we therefore find iconic specimens such as the original cover of the vinyl “The Velvet Underground & Nico by Andy Warhol” still considered one of the most famous covers in the world today: it does not bear the name of the group but only the famous banana and the signature of Andy Warhol, or the cover of The Rolling Stones album “Sticky Fingers”.

Keith Haring, on the other hand, is the father of street art, capable of animating the walls of the suburbs of New York with apparently simple and joyful works but often with a strong social content. His graffiti is still an emblem of rebellion and beauty. In the exhibition it will be possible to get to know the artist’s bond with the world of music and fashion even better thanks to a wide range of collector’s items.
Basquiat is the most restless soul of the trio, capable of revolutionizing the rules of contemporary art with an inimitable and immediately distinguishable style. His name, as is known, is also linked to the world of Beat Bop and it is on this aspect that the works on display will be more focused.

To complete the itinerary, visitors will find three rare serigraphs designed by Warhol and depicting the faces of the three artists printed on the most common and democratic everyday object of the fashion system: a T-shirt. It is the final demonstration that art is never only the prerogative of an intellectual elite, but of anyone capable of admiring, experiencing and desiring it.