After its successful first instalment in Dresden, ‘MAGIC CITY – THE ART OF THE STREET‘ is now coming to the Olympia Hall in Munich, opening on the 13th April 2017. This one of kind touring and evolving exhibition, built as a dream city with all its urban features, from streets to cinema and playground, is showcasing over 60 international street artists as well as local graffiti writers. Visitors can wander through the streets and learn more about the different public art forms, and interact with the immersive installations.
Curators Carlo McCormic and Ethel Seno declared that their goal was to create a “playground for the imagination”, in a new hybrid form. Starting with an initial ‘ white walls ‘ gallery setting , the streets are getting more and more covered with artworks and installations as the exhibition evolves and continues to tour.
A pictures gallery from legendary photo-journalists Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, as well as Graffiti writer Daze, who bombed the New York subways in the mid-1970s and writer FINO’91 who grew up in the 1970s in the American sector of divided Berlin serves as a chronological introduction and education about the graffiti art movement.
The public can get immersed within 3D anamorphic installations by Leon Kerr, Truly, Replete, The Yok & Sheryo. When looking up, twin brothers Skewville ‘dogs have invaded the alleys, while shopping trolleys have been transformed into a playful seating duo. Asbestos ‘Lost’ posters advertise items never to be found. Activist artists like Icy & Sot, Biancoshock and Ori Carino & Benjamin Armas present works about the refugee crisis in Europe while SpY and Shepard Fairey highlight the surveillance society.
The city also contains a square with a colourful carrousel by crochet queen OLEK, a phone booth installation by Ernest Zacharevic as well as a red light district decorated by AIKO. Walking along the streets, visitors interact with the wooden panels by ROA, enjoy large murals by HERAKUT, Tristan Eaton, MadC, Ron English, get surprised by Brad Downey’s installation made of found material and get immersed within the miniature world of Isaac Cordal.
Magic City also features a cinema with documentaries like ‘Saving Banksy’ and a selection of movies curated by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington at Brooklyn Street Art.
New additions to Magic City in Munich are stencil godfather Blek Le Rat (FR), Faith 47 & Imraan Christian (ZA), Bond Truluv (DE), Christy Rupp (US), Gregor Wosik (DE), ‘gif-fiti’ artist INSA (UK), Jordan Seiler (US), Motomichi Nakamura (JP), calligraffiti artist Niels Shoe Meulmann (DE), Slinkachu (UK), The London Police (NL), and WON ABC.
For the full programme, from the official opening on 13 April, workshops, meeting artists on site like Niels Shoe Meulmann please visit https://www.magiccity.art/programm/
Let the fun begin !
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