Julian Schnabel

on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait
Museé d'Orsay, Paris

Julian Schnabel was invited by Musée d'Orsay to share his insights on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, dating 1889, which is currently on view at the museum as part of its permanent collection.

Watch the video here.


Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel et al.

THE 80s. Art of the Eighties (group show)
Albertina Modern, Vienna
10 October 2021 – 13 February 2022

Julian Schnabel, Pandora (Jaqueline as an Etruscan), 1986, Albertina, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Julian Schnabel, photo: Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Vienna
Julian Schnabel, Pandora (Jaqueline as an Etruscan), 1986, Albertina, Wien – The ESSL Collection © Julian Schnabel, photo: Stefan Fiedler - Salon Iris, Vienna

A major exhibition on the 1980s at Albertina Modern bears visible witness to an era that saw artists shatter established paradigms and set off in search of expressive diversity.

1980s art seeks to overwhelm: it was an era of visual excess, individual styles, and never-ending stories. All this went hand in hand with exuberant imagery, a strong narrative urge, and an enthusiasm for the exploration of materials and new media.

Artists such as David Salle and Julian Schnabel gave rise to the painting-as-fiction. And in the oeuvres of artists like Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino, eclecticism prevails across numerous works independent of time and place. One finds quotations with origins ranging from antiquity to the present that serve to accentuate the non-authentic and invest the familiar with new meaning. The central exponents of this decade—Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel—are present here alongside less-known figures well worth discovering, including Jack Goldstein, Isolde Joham, and Julia Wachtel. The quotation, the distrust of originals seen in the oeuvres of Richard Prince and Elaine Sturtevant, and the art of sampling as practiced by Gerwald Rockenschaub and David Salle show to just what extent the 1980s were indeed the most important decade of recent art history in terms of art’s subsequent path forward.

The loss of immediacy owed to a world growing more and more virtual and developing bit by bit into a media society is also reflected in an art of the simulacrum: the verisimilitude of pictures from the realms of high and low art is generally called into question, with artists such as Sherrie Levine and Cindy Sherman grappling with the phenomenon of the likeness per se and thereby inventing a second-degree reality.

Albertina Modern

Julian Schnabel

Self Portraits of Others (solo show)
The Brant Foundation, New York
9 September – 31 December 2021

Image: Julian Schnabel, Number 5 (Van Gogh Self-Portrait Musee d'Orsay, Vincent), 2019, © Julian Schnabel
Image: Julian Schnabel, Number 5 (Van Gogh Self-Portrait Musee d'Orsay, Vincent), 2019, © Julian Schnabel

The Brant Foundation is pleased to present Self Portraits of Others, a solo exhibition of new works by Julian Schnabel. Created between 2018 – 2020, this series explores the evolution of Schnabel’s artistic practice while making At Eternity’s Gate, a film about the life of Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition features twenty-five plate paintings that examine the theme of portraiture throughout art history.

The Brant Foundation

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel – The Collector's Edition (publication)

The Collector's Edition of Julian Schnabel's monograph by Taschen is now available. Made in close collaboration with the artist, this oversized limited-edition book is the first to feature his work across all media. Each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.

Get your copy here.


Hans Josephsohn, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Rebecca Warren et al.

Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”
MASI, Lugano
5 September 2021 – 20 February 2022

Installation view: MASI, Lugano, 2021
Installation view: MASI, Lugano, 2021

From 5 September 2021 to 20 February 2022, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) present the exhibition titled Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”. For this project Albert Oehlen is at the same time an artist, a curator and a collector. Iconic works embodying different phases of his painting career will be displayed alongside a selection of more than thirty international artists belonging to his private collection.

It is always very interesting when artists collect art, and this is particularly true in the case of a reserved, elusive and sometimes even cryptic artist like Albert Oehlen. This is the first time that masterpieces by Oehlen are exhibited alongside works from his private art collection in such an extensive form and in a display conceived by the artist himself in partnership with MASI. This project not only offers surprising insights into his work, but also allows visitors to discover, or rediscover, a series of exceptional artists. The core group of works, representing the essence of Oehlen's art, and the extraordinary chance to admire a part of his private collection in a museum, will enable visitors to engage with the depth and breadth of his pictorial exploration. For many years Oehlen has been expanding his collection with works by artists with whom he feels a connection, not in terms of likeness, but because they address ideas – often associated with the concept of painting – that are very relevant to him too. However, while all the works featured in the exhibition reveal inspiration and similarities (in some cases very evidently), we must not forget that the artist rejects all kinds of classification and rational analysis of his oeuvre. Indeed, Oehlen has always actively shunned interpretative methods that seek to define the meaning of form and content, or, more simply, rejects an approach focusing on the wish to understand art in general. Consequently, the exhibition does not aim to suggest comparisons between Oehlen's work and that of other artists or to insert his work in a “genealogy”, but rather to give visitors an exceptional glimpse into his private collection and allow them to engage – perhaps for the first time – with the work of important international artists in an original and exciting narrative that recounts the history of the art of recent decades from Oehlen's personal perspective. Works by Hans Josephsohn, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel and Rebecca Warren are included.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Mousse Publishing with an introduction by MASI's Director Tobia Bezzola and scientific contributions by Francesca Benini and Christian Dominguez. The catalogue is available via the institution's website.

MASI Lugano