Opening weekend Basquiat 2 and 3 February

On 2 February, Basquiat: The Artist and his New York Scene opens at SCHUNCK in Heerlen. Both on 2 and 3 February, there is a festive public programme.

The SCHUNCK Museum is open on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be live music in the hall of the Glaspaleis and visitors can join various guided tours, including along the Heerlen Murals. On 3 February, visitors with a valid museum ticket and reservation, have free access to the lecture by Alexis Adler (photographer and former lover of Basquiat) and Nora Burnett (Curator Basquiat before Basquiat: East 12th Street 1979-1980, curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver). At the museum, one can watch the film 'Boom for Real'. Young people who designed a clothing line inspired by Basquiat's art will present the result under the title '100% Basquiat'. And for children, there is a special programme in the form of the museum bag.

Most activities on the opening weekend are free to enter. More information, agenda and tickets via

Private opening on 31 January with Queen Máxima

Her Majesty Queen Máxima will officially open the exhibition on 31 January 2019. The meeting is private. The building (including SCHUNCK Library, SCHUNCK music and dance school, Bagels and Beans, Brasserie Mijn Streek) is therefore closed to the public in the morning. From 1:00 p.m., the doors will open again. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a vernissage in the hall of SCHUNCK, this is open to invited guests only. The Royal opening can be followed live on the facebook page of SCHUNCK and on the screen of SCHUNCK on the pancratius square.

About Basquiat: The Artist and his New York scene

SCHUNCK brings the European premiere of an untold story to Heerlen, that of the young Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 - 1988) and his contemporaries from the New York of the years 1978-1982. The intimate exhibition follows Basquiat's development even before his breakthrough from street artist of poetic graffiti lyrics to world star. Also on display is work by contemporaries with whom Basquiat collaborated such as Keith Haring, Nan Goldin and Jenny Holzer. And, of course, masterpieces by Basquiat himself.


The SCHUNCK Glaspaleis on the Bongerd in Heerlen is a cultural institution with a museum for modern and contemporary art, an architecture institute, a library and a music and dance school. SCHUNCK has several branches in the districts of Heerlen. The Glaspaleis is on the International Union of Architects' list of 1,000 most important buildings of the 20th century and is mentioned in the same breath as the most important monuments of the Nieuwe Bouwen movement, such as the Rietveld Schröder House and the Van Nelle Factory.

Basquiat - The Artist and His New York Scene
SCHUNCK Glaspaleis
2 February to 2 June 2019
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mondays closed

SCHUNCK - Bongerd 18, 6411 JM Heerlen
+31 (0)45 577 22 00