Berlin Art week was the occasion of a unique event with the opening of the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art. After five years in the making, the project has finally become a reality and is now opened to the public.
This center for exhibitions, research and exchange on urban art is unique in the world. For the inaugural exhibition, a team of ten curators led by executive creative director Yasha Young have selected some 150 leading artists to create exclusive artworks for URBAN NATION. They include outstanding international figures such as Shephard Fairey, Roa, Ron English, Anthony Lister, Herakut, Icy &Sot.
All of the works on show were created especially for the museum and are being exhibited for the first time at the museum opening.
The exhibition runs across the entire international scene – from different countries, artists, genres and techniques. The opening show ‘Unstoppable’ features a number of different areas. The exhibition in the museum alone comprises some 120 works of art and 30 artists are painting facade murals in the vicinity of the museum, along with installations in the public space and sculptures in the courtyard of the museum.
Instead of commissioning a single curator to draw up a concept, the executive creative director of URBAN NATION, Yasha Young, put together a group of 10 experts from the US, France, Germany, Brazil and UK. This notion of community is one of the museum’s founding values.
“Urban contemporary art is the logical next step to follow what is happening on the street,” museum Director Yasha Young told Reuters. “This house can be an archive that tells the story of street art for the first time, from the beginning until now,” she said.
The Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art also contains a one of kind archive library named after renowned photographer Martha Cooper, featuring rare magazines and books on the history of Graffiti and Street Art as well as stickers and memorabilia items.
On the opening weekend, Bülowstrasse has been be transformed into an open-air art gallery with new murals by renowned artists like Blek Le Rat, Zezao, David de La Mano or Mademoiselle Maurice and performances like NY based artist Olek who did a live crochet performance at the Nollendorf subway station or Skewville who invaded the façade and neighbouring streets.
URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART
Bülowstrasse 7, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg
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