Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). nitroBEAT has been commissioned to produce Suckerpunch Boom Suite, which will respond to some of the themes of Basquiat's wide-ranging work.

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Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous. More info

nitroBEAT Pit Party: Suckerpunch Boom Suite

"We are thrilled to bring back nitroBEAT", Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre at the Barbican

Pioneering New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most significant painters of the 20th century and whose first large-scale exhibition is in Barbican Art Gallery, is the source of inspiration for two performances in The Pit.

Suckerpunch Boom suite is a fluid theatrical gig that unites collaborators at the forefront of experimental art, sound, lyricism and physical poetry and responds to some of the themes and deeper truths present in Basquiat's work. In this spirit, nitroBEAT’s Artistic Director Diane Morgan curates an evening that celebrates freedom of expression through contemporary black culture, cross-fertilisation, liberation and inclusivity.

nitroBEAT Pit Party – Suckerpunch Boom Suite,  Friday 29–Saturday 30 September 2017, 8pm.