September 24–April 3, 2016

Powerful Babies: Keith Haring’s Impact on Artists Today

Djurgårdsvägen 38
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Spiritmuseum, home of the Absolut Art Collection, is pleased to announce Powerful Babies: The Impact of Keith Haring on Art Today, a group exhibition of 25 international artists inspired by the legacy of Keith Haring (1958-1990). Curated by Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Rick Herron, New York-based independent curator, the exhibition reconsiders Haring's career and achievements through recent work, commissions and a series of programs and events conceived by emerging and established artists from around the world to highlight the ubiquitous influence Haring has had on contemporary art and artists working today.

Artists now are wilder than ever and respect no boundaries in terms of where their art exists or how it is distributed, making work in ways previously unimaginable. Organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Keith Haring's death, Powerful Babies seeks to honor his legacy as the artist who made this way of working possible. The exhibition includes work by Michael Alan, Tad Beck, Katherine Bernhardt, Tobias Berstrup, Allen Grubesic, Lori Ellison, Steven Evans, Trenton Doyle Hancock, John Hanning, Juliana Huxtable, Scooter LaForge, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Kristina Matousch, Klara Liden, J. Morrison, Raul de Nieves, Joakim Ojanen, Przemek Pyszczek, Emily Royson, Alexander Tovborg and Jaimie Warren, alongside artists featured in the Collection with a strong connection to Keith Haring, including Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Julia Watchel and Andy Warhol.

Powerful Babies is the third in a series of annual exhibitions presented by Spiritmuseum that takes the Absolut Art Collection as inspiration. The exhibition brings together all four 'Absolut Haring' paintings for the first time since they were commissioned by Absolut in 1986, including two from the Keith Haring Foundation which have never before been exhibited in Sweden.