Dogs jumping through a human body with a hole in the middle
© Keith Haring Foundation

Keith Haring's Alphabet

The exceptional artist died when he was just 32 years old. Keith Haring would have celebrated his 60th birthday in 2018. To mark the occasion, the Albertina is showing around 100 of his works, all of which are messages against the violence of those in power, against the oppression of minorities, against prejudice and barbarism. Despite the broad-based reception of his creativity, one central aspect has been neglected to date: his systematic sign language, which runs through his art like a common theme as an alphabet. An art that he understood as language. That everyone should understand. This topic is the focus of the exhibition "Keith Haring. The Alphabet".

Haring's rise began in the early 1980s. He was friends with Andy Warhol and achieved great fame with his "Subway Drawings". From 1980 to 1985, he designed the unsold advertising hoardings on the New York subway that had been pasted over with black paper: he made his typical drawings with white chalk. He deliberately left these works untitled to avoid giving the viewer any interpretation preconceived by the artist. During his creative years, Keith Haring fought for the individual and was committed to the ending of apartheid in South Africa. His dedication to the fight against AIDS is legendary. He succumbed to the immune deficiency syndrome in 1990.

Keith Haring. The Alphabet

March 16 to June 24, 2018


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2,40€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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