In 1983, Keith Haring was asked to create a poster for the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, in turn, he submitted 3 designs which were instantly accepted. Haring visited Montreux for the event and spent the entire time painting and creating art around the streets of the area.
This original piece from 1983 is screen printed with 5 colours on thick art stock paper by Serigraphie Uldry Bern of Switzerland and is plate signed by Haring. Pictures truly don’t do the colours of the trilogy of posters justice, the lush, bright colours are almost neon, and have been maintained perfectly over the years.
The first official exhibition of Keith Haring’s work was held in 1982 at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York, and was hugely successful. Pierre Keller met Haring a few months later and asked him to produce a Festival poster featuring a dancing figure. Haring came up with three designs, all of which were accepted. Keller and Nobs had the brainwave of inviting the New York artist to Montreux. As always, Haring painted constantly, producing murals on large blank panels on stage with the musicians and in the streets of Montreux.