Street art surrounds us. It’s in the streets, on walls, on trains and in the media. It’s also in museums and galleries. At one time a youth culture, born in the 1970s and ’80s in the ‘underground’ of cities across the planet, it has emerged into a popular art form. Since then it’s crossed boundaries, forging links with urbanism, architecture, citizen science, activism and pop culture.
Street art is more than pretty pictures. It affects how we move through cities, and how we feel about the character of a particular place and the people that live there. So how can we integrate it into urban planning, community centres and events? “The World of Street Art”, an overview exhibition of the genre, explores these ideas and more. It reveals the fascinating technical aspects of production, and the science and math behind creating monumental works. The artists’ themes embrace pop culture, social justice, climate change, and all the other current concerns of our society.
The sometimes coded and secret messages of street art can be deciphered to reveal the concerns of citizens, the passion of activists and youth movements, and keep us in touch with others living in our towns and cities. Through street art, we can take the temperature of the moment and keep a finger on the pulse of the times we live in.
In 2016/2017, SC Exhibitions explored the popularity of this art form with an ever-changing street art project under the title “Magic City: The Art of the Street”, which reinvented itself at each new city it visited. Featuring over 60 of the world’s best street artists, it became the world’s most complete touring exhibition of this genre, drawing 250,000 visitors in Dresden, Munich and Stockholm. A leading German newspaper described it as “a hybrid between exhibition and happening", referring to its communal appeal and the message it sends out to its host city. Now, what started as an art project will become a fully fledged touring exhibition, currently in development with our design team at Studio TK, curator Carlo McCormick and our consulting team at Brooklyn street art.
After “Magic City: The Art of the Street” and our latest production in collaboration with dance academy Flying Steps, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin and Brazilian street artists Osgemeos, the new production of “The World of Street Art” will become our third ‘urban art project’.
Are you interested in hosting the world premiere in 2020? Contact director Christoph Scholz.
Stockholm, Magasin 9
Munich, Olympic Park