Exuberant joie de vivre, fabulous figures and ornamental patterns: Keith Haring (b. 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, d. 16.02.1990 in New York) was one of the best known pop artists and followers of Andy Warhol.
A member of the New Age movement in the New York of the early 80s, it was Haring´s major achievement to make graffiti a socially acceptable art form in and beyond the United States. Walls throughout the world bear witness to Haring´s art: from Amsterdam to Paris to the famous section of the Berlin wall at Checkpoint Charlie. He died in 1990 of AIDS at the age of just 31 and was one of the most prominent anti-AIDS campaigners.
Keith Haring created the crystal stele in Crystal World´s Entrance Hall for the première of Verdi´s opera Aida, which was first performed in 1986 with Jessye Norman and Placido Domingo in the Temple of Luxor.