The vision of a global art community, a network without limits, became reality on September 16 in 2017 when URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART opened its doors. Its Excecutive Director is Jan Sauerwald. URBAN NATION is backed by Berliner Leben, a foundation of Gewobag.
Since 2013, URBAN NATION has been transforming Berlin’s facades into a giant outdoor gallery and connecting people with their city using outdoor art and integrative neighbourhood projects.
URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART is set in an Wilhelminian-era building at Bülowstrasse 7 in Schöneberg. An existing building will be converted into a museum to the innovative plans of the architecture bureau GRAFT. In contrast to a conventional museum, the architecture and exterior surfaces will become canvasses themselves, turning the building into an artwork in its own right. The mobile façade elements will be kept and preserved along with the more conventional collection of paintings. The interior of the museums, designed by GRAFT Architects, will also have surprises in store: URBAN NATION is quite literally moving the street indoors. A catwalk stretching across the entire two-storey interior will allow the exhibited works to be observed both from a distance and close up.
URBAN NATION connects. It connects Berlin’s people, artists and people interested in art. And it connects across borders. Urban Space all over the world is declared an inspiring, integrative zone of action where artists, creatives and the public come together.
URBAN NATION creates. At its heart are artists who think differently, create new things and exhibit, form networks and enjoy a creative dialogue. They are the inspiration and the source of knowledge. Every work and every workshop carries the message into the neighbourhoods and cities. Contemporary urban art in the real world – presented and discussed in high-end museum exhibitions and on facades in public spaces.
URBAN NATION approaches people, embraces neighbours, activates communitites and brings together cultures in urban districts. URBAN NATION opens doors between established and emerging artists, awakes interest, promotes talent and documents cultural heritage as a chronicler. URBAN NATION takes responsibility for the city and gives something back to it: urban art and enthusiasm for our neighbourhoods.