Jean-Michel Basquiat, who lived in New York in the 1970s and '80s, was one of the first graffiti artists to build a reputation in the international art scene. The self-taught artist was known for his enigmatic doodles, symbols and diagrams that appealed to the young urban rebels of his generation.
Strikingly often Basquiat painted the crown – as an expression of power and dominance, dignity and respect. He placed it on the head of people he admired. As a tribute to the ignored “kings“ of our society. The artist also often depicted himself in self-portraits with this symbol of power. An impressive expression of diversity and against racism.
Märklin honors one of the most important artists of the twentieth century and his message of tolerance with a new Message Wagon.