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Got the “Missing Berlin Blues” : Urban and Contemporary

Posted on March 9, 2016

Exactly a year ago we were in Berlin as invited guest curators by Urban Nation Museum’s Director Yasha Young to curate the 7th Edition of Project M.  Our exhibition, “Persons Of Interest” was aesthetically rich and culturally relevant in the windows and on the facade of the under-renovation UN haus, and the positive feedback we received lasted a number of months. Each artist had dug deep in their research and were inspired to bring a Brooklyn-Berlin historical and contemporary story to the street in a meaningful way.

The indoor exhibition at the museum’s headquarters overflowed onto the streets on opening night as well; with artists, fans, curators, honored cultural muses, and officials from Berlin’s formal arts infrastructure all abuzz with the exchange happening in Kreuzberg.

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Blu. Detail. This piece of Blu has been probably been shared thousands of times on line and on social media. It is still a powerful image in photos as well as in person. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As Ms. Young and her teams continue to build the cultural foundation of UN with a dizzying array of programs, initiatives, and artists this year leading to the official opening next spring, we remark on her singular vision as a cornerstone of the museum.

With a finger on the pulse of many movements within the current Urban/Contemporary scene Young has made some bold and sharp choices to get an institution like this underway. With a clear sense of the potential that this global scene has always shown, Young has harnessed goodwill and top talents in the urban arts community and is gradually attracting the eye of more formal institutions. Undoubtedly in many ways UN has already made history.

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Blu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

So to mark a year since our first show with UN we’re looking at a treasure trove of photos of works on the streets that we didn’t publish at that time. This city is singular in it’s permissiveness to graffiti and street art – a tacit but undeniable appreciation for its eclectic  contribution to contemporary art, the life of the culture. Berlin also somehow understands the intrinsic value of supporting artist communities. A laboratory on the streets, Berlin continues to afford art space to take shape before your eyes.

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Berlin Kidz are well known for vertical tagging thanks to rappelling down from the roof. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alo for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alo for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alo for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alo for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kera . Sokar Uno (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kurar for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Os Gemeos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Findac for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cranio for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cranio for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cranio for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cranio for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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M.City for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Above for Urban Nation Museum. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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