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Amsterdam | ‘Keith Haring velum’ returns to the Stedelijk Museum

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - March 5, 2018

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From 12 October 2017, the velum painted by Keith Haring in 1986 is on display again at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

cover image: Keith Haring, Untitled (velum), 1986. Installation 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The American artist painted the canvas, which filters daylight into the grand hallway, for his solo exhibition at the Stedelijk in 1986. For that show, Haring (1958-1990) didn’t simply want to present artwork he’d already made – he insisted on making new work.
Keith laying out the velum – which measures almost 40 x 66 feet, (12 x 20 meters) – on the floor of one of the museum galleries, painting it in just one day, using spray paint.
Haring turned the event into an energy-fueled performance: while photographers and journalists looked on, he painted rapidly and rhythmically, moving over the canvas, hip-hop playing in the background.
He filled the canvas with dancing, waving figures, crawling babies and squirming animals. Known as the ‘Keith Haring velum’, the painting was stretched below the monumental glass cupola above the historic staircase.

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Keith Haring at work in the Stedelijk, 1986 © Keith Haring Foundation 

Now, more than thirty years later and restored, the velum is back for everyone to enjoy.
The conservation and restoration of the Keith Haring velum and the related educational programming was made possible with the generous support of The Keith Haring Foundation.

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Keith Haring, Untitled (velum), 1986. Installation 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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Keith Haring, Untitled (velum), 1986. Installation 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Images courtesy of https://www.stedelijk.nl/en   All rights reserved


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