” Before Banksy was Keith Haring.”
In 1988, Keith Haring opened an international version of is pop shop in Tokyo, a space made out of two shipping containers welded together to form one large room. By the summer of 1988, the Tokyo shop closed.
The tokyo container belongs now to art history. In the year 2013, it was on display at the New York Historical Society and, until recently, in Paris (“Le 104”), the biggest exhibition organized in Europe, called “THE POLITICAL LINE” – see below.
” The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in association with Le CENTQUATRE, is devoting a wide-ranging retrospective to American artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). The exhibition will bear witness to the importance of Haring’s work, in particular its profoundly “political” content, apparent in his work throughout his career.
Almost 250 pictures on canvas and tarpaulins and from subway walls – as well as twenty monumental works – will be exhibited at Le CENTQUATRE, making this one of the largest presentations of Keith Haring’s works ever.
Keith Haring was one of the most well-known artists of his time, and even today his inimitable style, with its strong, graphic line and repertoire of emblematic signs, remains familiar to all. Beginning with Documenta 7 in 1982, his work was exhibited alongside that of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer and Daniel Buren, as well in museums and biennials around the world.”
The same year (1988), Keith H, on holidays in Belgium, painted another container :: the Channel Surf Club container, at Knokke-Heist Beach, (Belgium). It was sold by the club in 1990. But due to the Verbeke Foundation, the container went back in Belgium in 2011 and can be shown at the Verbeke Foundation.
TOKYO POP SHOP