This weekend was the occasion of a unique event with the opening of Urban Nation Museum. After 5 years in the making, the project has finally become a reality and is now opened to the public. For the inaugural exhibition, ten high-caliber curators have selected approximately 150 urban artists of the next generation, including Miss Van, Seth, Shepard Fairey, Icy and Sot, Herakut, 1010, Evol.
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 the gamut of the entire scene – it is a cross-section of various artists, genres and techniques. The opening show 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.
Instagrafite is honoured and proud to be presenting brand new body of works from renowned and talented artists featuring:
Never2501 | Axel Void | Claudio Ethos | Faith 47 | Inti | AEC | JAZ | Miss Van | Nunca | Panmela Castro | SETH | Joao Salomao | TitiFreak | Zezao
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 experts. This notion of community is one of the museum’s founding values.
- Andrew Hosner – Thinkspace Gallery in California – US
- Charlotte Dutoit – Curator and editor of Justkids – France
- Steven P. Harrington – Editor of the blog BlooklynStreetArt.com – US
- Rom Levy – Curator and editor of the blog StreetArtNews – France
- Jonathan Levine – Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York – US
- Marina Bortoluzzi and Marcelo Pimentel – Founders of Instagrafite – Brazil
- Jaime Rojo – Founding member of and photographer for BrooklynStreetArt– US
- Roland Henry – Editor-in-chief of the art magazine Very Nearly Almost – UK
- Dean Stockton alias D*Face – StolenSpace Gallery in London – UK
- Yasha Young – Director and curator of the UN Museum in Berlin – Germany
“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.
We are pleased to share our recap from the opening night and we will continue this week to post more features about the event including interviews and the Art Miles showcasing installations from the participating artists.
Pictures and coverage Julie
Ben Eine added his touch and painted the stairs. The piece reads “I’m going to ask you to imagine a world with no colour / Where everything is grey / The sky isn’t blue / The lipstick isn’t red / And Oranges aren’t orange / Now try to describe your colorful world / To that person / Could you use /Smells, Taste / Feelings or Sounds / To describe what we / Take for granted”
The opening was the occasion to reveal a brand new Invader BRL12 located on the facade of the Museum. The artist also has a piece on display inside the museum.
Photos and coverage Julie
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