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Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life

Porträtaufnahme von Keith Haring und Andy Warhol die zusammen im Palladium Club in New York für Nan Goldin posieren.

With “Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life,” Museum Brandhorst presents the world’s first comprehensive institutional exhibition dedicated to the two artists. The title of the show borrows the motto from Keith Haring’s birthday celebrations: “Party of Life” relays the cosmos of the 1980s, of MTV, discos, vogueing, hip-hop, New Wave, and graffiti. The exhibition traces Haring’s and Warhol’s friendship in this environment. With over 130 works it reveals parallels in their artistic identity, their openness to cooperation and collaborative projects, as well as well as a shared vision: Art should be accessible to all and reach as many people as possible.

Exhibition info




Lower level

Curated by

Franziska Linhardt in collaboration with Arthur Fink

About the exhibition

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) and Keith Haring (1958–1990) were major artists of the twentieth century, charismatic networkers, pop stars, and probably the first influencers. They revolutionized established notions of art and its dissemination. Warhol’s Pop paintings and Haring’s dancing figures have long been ingrained in our collective visual memory and remain ever-present today. Despite their large age gap and different styles, these two artists were friends and companions. They met in New York’s art and clubbing scene and influenced each other—and many others besides.


Warhol and Haring both came from Christian families in Pennsylvania. As gay men, they found their creative and social home in New York, albeit thirty years apart. As one of the pioneers of Pop Art, Warhol inspired the younger Haring. The latter engaged with public space through his subway drawings, used his art in activist poster campaigns and opened the Pop Shop in 1986, an iconic place selling affordable artworks. During this time, Warhol also experimented with new techniques, media, and channels. His late work is characterized by TV shows, countless commissioned pieces and portraits of famous personalities, but also by a return to painting and a focus on existential and provocative themes: series of paintings like “The Last Supper,” “Hammer and Sickle,” and “Ladies and Gentlemen” bear witness to his precise observations on pressing social issues.


The works of art created by Warhol and Haring emerged during a time of extreme sociopolitical upheaval and still remain highly topical today. Across eight thematic rooms, visitors can experience the two artists’ exploration of a wide range of issues, including excessive consumer culture, the possibilities of new media, queerness, fears of nuclear war, the AIDS epidemic, activism, and the quest for a sense of community in times of crisis.


“Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life” presents collaborations between Warhol and Haring, as well as projects created in cooperation with artists, performers, authors, graffiti writers, and music and fashion icons of the time, including Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, William S. Burroughs, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Courtney Harmel, Eric Haze, Jenny Holzer, Bill T. Jones, Grace Jones, LA II, Madonna, Robert Mapplethorpe, Malcolm McLaren, Yoko Ono, Kenny Scharf, John Sex, Stephen Shore, Tseng Kwong Chi, Vivienne Westwood and many more.


In addition to famous key works, the show focuses on film and photography, archival material, posters, records, and everyday objects. The exhibition at Museum Brandhorst, which houses the largest Warhol collection in Europe with more than 120 works, as well as a growing collection of Haring’s works, thus opens up new perspectives on both artists and their friendship.

Installationsansicht „Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life“
Installationsansicht „Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life“
Installationsansicht „Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life“
Schwarz roter Siebdruck mit Pumps als Motiv
Installationsansicht „Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life“
Ein Selbstporträt von Andy Warhol mit Blaustich
Siebdruck in grünem Camouflage mit Porträt von Joseph Beuys
Installationsansicht „Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life“
Ein neonorangefarbenes gezeichnetes Männchen, das lacht oder weint
Plakat von Keith Haring in orange gelb und blau
Ein von Keith Haring gestaltetes Plakat in schwarz und weiß für nukleare Abrüstung
Teil einer 10-teiligen Siebdruck Serie nach einem Gedicht von William S. Burroughs
Ein Filmstill mit Edie Sedgwick und Andy Warhol aus Courtney Hamels 'Andy & Edie' (1984)


Starting from the first week of the exhibition “Andy Warhol & Keith Haring. Party of Life”, selected works by video artists Courtney Harmel and Tom Rubnitz are being presented in Museum Brandhorst’s media room. They invite visitors to immerse themselves in a decade of queer (club) culture, performance art, and friendship in New York’s East Village in the 1980s. Works on video such as Harmel’s THE ANDY AND EDIE SHOW AT LIMELIGHT (1984) and THE MEGA-STAR BOOK SIGNING AT FIORUCCI (1985) or Rubnitz’s MADE FOR TV (1984) and WIGSTOCK: THE MOVIE (1987) portray a community of creative people in the vibrant center of New York who were obsessed with television, dedicated to nightlife, and tragically affected by the severe AIDS epidemic.

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