On September, 17th a new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opened in the heart of Berlin Schöneberg. To give it a home, GRAFT converted a former residential and commercial building in an innovative fashion.
Inside and out the museum building’s modular and partially interchangeable façade was especially developed by GRAFT and it became a canvass in its own right. Individual building elements painted by the artists can be preserved as part of the museum collection. Visitors could look forward to other art installations outside, too as the courtyard of the URBAN NATION Museum was used for events and the presentation of contemporary sculptures. The installations visible just opposite the Museum and called the Art Mile invited the public to come along and discover the artworks.
Instagrafite was part of the curation board and invited many artists to be part of this unique event. Check out our coverage from the opening night here!
Yasha Young, Executive Creative Director of URBAN NATION “We have been working hard toward this day for your years. Now, we are overjoyed that this unique institution can finally open. I am looking forward to everything the future has in store for us: interesting joint projects with research institutes, inspiring encounters and, of course, fascinating exhibitions featuring major figures from the contemporary art scene. At this point, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks, especially to all the artists who have accompanied us along the way and put great time and energy into our project. And naturally also to Martha Cooper, whose collection represents a valuable part of the new MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART.”
Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin “Berlin is one of the world’s most respected centers of urban art, which makes its own unique contributions to the city’s diverse cultural landscape. The URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART provides an outstanding platform for street art or urban art and recognizes their many forms of expression as part and parcel of the city’s culture and as artistic statements in their own right. So this extremely promising museum is very welcome in our city; it is in the right place here!”