The Milan’s exhibition ‘Keith Haring. About Art’ includes 110 works from the major American artist, many of them monumental size, some of them unreleased, or exhibited in Italy for the first time. In this exhibition, Keith Haring is analyzed focusing on his relationship with the history of art. His works are actually juxtaposed with those of authors from different periods who inspired or influenced Haring in his artistic evolution.

His unique style is actually a synthesis of elements ranging from the classical tradition, tribal and ethnographic art, Gothic to cartoonist art, contemporary languages ​​ and excursions into the future with the use of computer graphics in some of his latest experiments. Amongst these are those created by Twentieth- century artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Jean Dubuffet and Paul Klee but also casts of the Trajan’s Column, masks from Pacific cultures, paintings from the Italian Renaissance and so on.

Keith Haring is one of the main artists of the second half of the Twentieth Century; his art is rightly considered expression of socially and politically active counterculture, focused on the main issues of his time. Drug, racism, Aids, nuclear bombs, youth alienation, arrogance of power – Haring has become the icon of global artist-activist.

Moreover – as well expressed by this exhibition – Haring was intent on rediscovering art as a testimony of an inner truth that places man and his social and individual status at its core. It is in this belief that Haring’s true greatness lies, it initiated and developed his celebrated commitment as an artist-activist and affirmed his strong singularity compared to his contemporaries.

The inspirational exhibit layout is full of cross-references to the contest Keith Haring was part of – a short but intense life that allowed him to become one of the most renowned characters of post-war art scenario.


Until June, 18th 2017

Where: Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 2, Milan

Opening times
Monday 2.30 – 7.30 pm
Tuesday/ Wednesday/  Friday / Sunday 9.30 am – 9.30 pm
Thursday and Saturday 9.30 am – 10.30 pm