Basquiat and Friends: A Photo Exhibition by Roland Hagenberg

By Butterboom Writers  /  December 12, 2014

Roland Hagenberg, a writer, photographer and filmmaker  from Austria first solo exhibition- Basquiat and Friends- in Hong Kong is about the photos that captures the insights and memories about his time in New York’s art scene in the 80’s, in relation with Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

A bit of background about Roland.

Hailing from Austria, Roland started with a literary background having founded the literary magazine “Die Klinge” (“The Blade”) in the 1970s and worked with renowned Austrian poets and novelists such as Friederike Mayröcker, Ernst Jandl and Elfriede Jelinek – who later became a Nobel Prize recipient.

Roland left Vienna in 1979 and moved to Berlin where he stayed for four years during the time of the Berlin Wall. This surreal setting attracted artists from all over the world – with many of them Roland got acquainted. He documented this time with his camera, poetry and short literary essays complimented his work, which led to his explorations of New York in the 1980s in the same manner where his photo-series on Jean-Michel Basquiat originated.  During the 1980s Roland documented the art world in New York and collaborated on book projects with now legendary artists such as Karel Appel, Martin Kippenberger and Keith Haring.

Roland has been living in Japan for the past 20 years and captures the world of Japanese architects via video documentaries and  published  books  It is his way of understanding an ever and quicker changing world.  Roland’s stories and photographs are also regularly featured in international magazines such as Vogue, Architectural Digest and Wallpaper.


Date: 7 November – 15 January 2015
Venue: 52- 54 Sai Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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