• by Nancy Henze

On October 14th, 2019, Jan Sauerwald took charge of the URBAN NATION Museum. Born in 1973 in Warstein, Jan Sauerwald has a degree in Cultural Work and Culture Management and recently worked in different positions in the Berlin arts and culture sector (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Studio Elmgreen & Dragset, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin).

Jan Sauerwald’s enthusiasm for street art and urban art is rooted in his own practice during the 90s as well as in different urban art projects organized and curated between 2005 and 2010 (Dave the Chimp in the space for friends of the Wolfsburg Art Association, 2010; Sign Seeing – Urban Art Bremen, 2009, as well as various firewall compositions in Berlin, 2006).

“URBAN NATION is a Berlin institution that has established itself well in the city’s urban landscape. I look forward to being able to progressively design and develop future programs, which will include not only exhibitions, but art education and social engagement as well,” says Jan Sauerwald.    

Along with the international group exhibitions and strengthened focus of its content on Berlin, the future emphases of the museum will also be the residence program “Fresh A.I.R.” as well as the museological aspects of the location. The education surrounding future exhibit projects will continue to represent and be developed as the special pillar of the URBAN NATION Museum.

As a flagship project of Stiftung Berliner Leben, URBAN NATION also bears special responsibility for the neighborhood and the participation of all its residents. This makes us all the more excited that Mr. Sauerwald will make the focus of his role on work in Berlin and with Berliners,” says Dr. Hans-Michael Brey, Chairman of Stiftung Berliner Leben.


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