An artistic autumn in Berlin with urban highlights

  • by Nancy Henze
  • URBAN NATION is taking part in the first Urban Art Week
  • Lollapalooza surprises visitors with a huge urban art installation – curated by URBAN NATION

September is one of URBAN NATION’s most dynamic months of the year. The museum and international network is now represented at Berlin’s Urban Art Week and will display a gigantic art installation at this year’s Lollapalooza.

URBAN NATION @ Urban Art Week
URBAN NATION is taking part in the first Berlin Urban Art Week from September 5th to 9th and will offer a diverse program for those interested. Visitors of the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART can look forward to exclusive museum tours and a public Berlin premier of the award-winning documentary Happyland. Urban Art Week, founded by members of the Berlin urban art scene, deals with the notion of the urban art movement and provides insight into current developments in urban art, street art, and graffiti writing. It takes place all across Berlin and is, on a global scale, a new format for the urban art movement. “As an international institution that aims to promote urban art and encourage interaction, we are thrilled to be a part of the first Urban Art Week. With our contributions, we will strengthen and expand the network,” said Yasha Young, Artistic Director of the URBAN NATION Museum.

About “Happyland”
The film shows the installation of thirty-five large art canvases on which the artist portrayed Kaff, a resident of the slums of Manila. The art canvases were used to create or improve housing or to purchase groceries and other necessities. In 2017, Happyland won the HRAFF Feature Film Audience Award.

URBAN NATION @ Lollapalooza Berlin
Since the first German version of the festival in 2015, URBAN NATION and Lollapalooza have been united by a partnership and a joint mission to bring art, music, and people together. In 2018, the festival will take place in the historic Olympiastadion and Olympiapark. Part of the event is a collaboration of colossal proportion; curated by URBAN NATION Director, Yasha Young, three urban artists will cover the façade of Olympiastadion with works of art, each dedicated to a headliner. True to the motto: “We paint the music you love to hear”, artists and musicians will work closely together, in order to inspire one another and let their creativity run free. The works of art will depict the bands’ history, music, and album covers and together they will make up a huge open-air gallery. Lollapalooza takes place on September 8th and 9th.

Collaborations:
Sandra Chevrier (Canada) x The National
Ludo (France) x Imagine Dragons
HowNosm (USA) x Kraftwerk

Program at URBAN NATION Museum
On both days: September 6th and 7th, 2018

2 PM:     Tour in German
4 PM:     Tour in English
6 PM:     Film screening of Happyland, original language with English subtitles

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