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[What is Nakamura Keith Haring POP SHOP? ]

Taking the street as his stage, Keith Haring brought innovation to the American contemporary art scene in the 1980s, using simple yet powerful lines to depict the chaotic society of the time.

Born on May 4, 1958, Haring moved from his hometown of rural Pennsylvania to the big city of New York during his college days, where he became an openly gay man. The works include homoeroticism depicting one's own sexual experiences, as well as social works such as "National Coming Out Day," which promotes coming out to the LGBTQ+ community. Of course, it was loved by all kinds of people, from the gays who gathered in Berlin's SM clubs, to the breakdancers who danced in Harajuku's pedestrian mall, and the drug dealers who wandered the streets of New York.

The 1980s was also a time when the world was greatly shaken by the spread of HIV infection. Like many minorities, those around Haring were killed by AIDS. In 1987, when ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a support group for people living with HIV, was formed, he drew a comical condom character and promoted safe sex in Safe Sex! 》 announced. The image of this work was used for T-shirts and condoms sold at "Pop Shop", which he manages. In 1988, Haring was also diagnosed with "AIDS". Despite the AIDS diagnosis, which was said to be a "death sentence," he continues to work more ambitiously. In 1989, he produced Prejudice is Fear. This is based on the motif of the three wise monkeys, which represent the meaning of "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil". HIV/AIDS problem.

Haring died of AIDS on February 16, 1990 at the age of 31. Haring, who continued to spread the message of "hope" around the world, painted "baby", which is also a symbol of life, until just before his last breath.

Since its opening in 2007, the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum has been engaged in social activities such as equality in the LGBTQ+ community and the dissemination of accurate knowledge and information about HIV/AIDS, in line with Haring's will.

In the museum shop, Keith Haring himself has been involved in the production of pop shop official products that have not changed since the 80s, as well as products by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Patricia Field, etc. As the only Haring museum, we have collaboration items that can only be obtained here in Japan, as well as limited items directly imported from all over the world. We also sell items for LGBTQ+ Pride, Coming Out Day, and World AIDS Day.

[What is the Nakamura Keith Haring Museum? ]

The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection is the first museum in the world to exhibit only Keith Haring's collection under the theme of "The World of Keith Haring -From Chaos to Hope-". In the 1980s, when Japan was in the midst of its bubble economy, the United States was experiencing intensifying inflation, rising unemployment rates, and economic turmoil. Against the background of 1980s America's "light and shadow," Keith Haring engaged in energetic creative activities in a short period of just over ten years. Although he expresses "hopes and dreams for the future" as if to reflect the social conditions, on the other hand, there are many works that express "human madness" and so on. I have left the works of The purpose of this museum is not only to exhibit Keith Haring's valuable works, but also to express "light and shadow" by architect Atsushi Kitagawara so that you can experience the message he sent out. We are creating a space that At the same time as viewing the works, we would like visitors to feel the energy of "hopes" and "dreams" through space experiences, thinking about Keith's thoughts, life, and the times he ran through. I think.

"A place where the energy of nature meets pure sensibility"

Located at the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake, Kobuchizawa is surrounded by a natural environment full of greenery and was once a place where the Jomon culture flourished. It is also said that the climate at an altitude of 1,000m, with the longest hours of sunshine in Japan, resembles the environment of a mother's womb where life is nurtured. Keith Haring's works are pop art born from the chaos of New York, a multi-ethnic metropolis, and are a group of works far removed from the words "nature" and "green", but they represent the myriad "lives" of the big city. This place was chosen as a place where the energy of Yatsugatake, the energy of the nature of Yatsugatake, and the vitality of the remains of the Jomon period face each other. We will create this museum as a place for energy exchange and as a place to open our minds.

Nakamura Keith Haring Museum

10249-7 Kobuchizawacho, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture 408-0044

Email: museum@keith.jp

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