Design of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure by David Adjaye
Immerse yourself in an exhibition showcasing the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, designed by David Adjaye.
|Manufacturer||Lisane Basquiat, Jeanine Heriveaux, Nora Fitzpatrick|
|Lead Architects||ISG Productions|
|Video Interviews||Goldfin Films|
|Lighting||Tillotson Design Associates|
|Audio-Visual Systems||Harvey Marshall Berling Associates|
|Marketing & Operations||Superblue|
|Public Relations||Girlie Action|
The Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure exhibition seeks to showcase the life and work of Basquiat, an artist whose full potential is often misunderstood. Adjaye Associates, known for their use of design as a storytelling tool, aims to create an immersive experience that contextualizes the references and influences that shaped his practice.
To achieve this, the exhibition incorporates visual poetics, ephemera from Basquiat’s family home and personal artifacts, including his bike and objects collected during his travels to Africa. The exhibition design utilizes sustainable materials, such as over 52,000 sustainably forested 2×4 kiln-dried spruce-pine-fir lumber and over 200,000 resins-impregnated beechwood nails, laminated together rather than using adhesives.
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The design also employs a new methodology for exhibition design, which includes developing contextual and thematic frames through materiality, tonality, and form that speaks to the distinct stages of Basquiat’s life. All stains used in the exhibit are waterborne, low in VOC content, and UL Greenguard Gold Certified. This radical rethinking of the white wall gallery experience results in a sustainable traveling exhibition that tells the story of an artist who is often only partially understood.
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