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  • Xiaoding Zhu asked

    Dear Sir or Madam, Currently, I am searching for the location of some paintings like Kings of Egypt II by Jean-Michael Basquait and Not reproduced by Rene Magritte. I know about that most of the art works and paintings are exhibited at eight neighbouring institutions under the title ‘Boijmans Next Door’. However, I am not able to find the specific information about the location for two paintings metioned above. Hope you can provide me the information. Regards, XIAODING

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Xiaoding, the painting of Jean-Michel Basquiat 'Kings of Egypt II' is on view right now at Kunsthal Rotterdam as part of the exhibition 'Meesterlijk!', until 29th of March. As for the artwork by René Magritte, 'La reproduction interdite': it is currently not on view, but in storage. It will however be part of an exhibition at the Cobra Museum from 1 May until 30 August 2020. Hopefully this helps! Kind regards, Sarie

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As a graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat used the name Samo (a contraction of 'same old shit') plus the motif of a crown and a copyright symbol. He was the king of New York’s graffiti scene and then created a furore in the art world. In this painting, the crown surmounts two skulls. That Basquiat was already concerned with the dangers of success in 1982 is evident from the text on another painting: ‘most young kings get their head cut off’., Basquiat was initially active in New York’s graffiti scene, but around the age of twenty he found success in the world of contemporary art. His canvases are filled with colourful letters and hieroglyph-like signs. One recurring and highly personal motif is a skull with a crown and the copyright symbol, emblematic of his rapid fame that would prove fatal: he died of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty-seven.

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Title Kings of Egypt II
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 183.5 cm
Width 183.5 cm
Depth 4 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Accession number 3686 (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Schenking / Donation: Hans Sonnenberg 2012
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2012
Age artist About 22 years old
Collector Collector / Hans Sonnenberg
Exhibitions Meneer Delta, een galeriehouder en verzamelaar in het museum (2012)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Basquiat - The Artist and his New York Scene (2019)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
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Jean-Michel Basquiat

New York 1960 - New York 1988

Jean Michel Basquiat's mother was Puerto Rican and his father was of Haitian descent. In 1977, Basquiat began spraying graffiti on the walls of Manhattan, where...

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