Despite being a bottom-up movement from the streets, graffiti and street art have early on become part of the institutions of the art world. Street art has been shown at world-famous museums like Tate Modern in London and street-based interventions by popular artists like Banksy have been exhibited in world renowned museums. By drawing on current local and European examples we will discuss the qualities of urban art and the challenges and perspectives of this subversive and underground medium. How to transport Street Art, respectively, into a museum preserving its original street related and public qualities?
With amongst others:
A conversation with:
- Margriet Schavemaker is currently working as Artistic Director of the Amsterdam Museum and as Professor of Media and Art in Museum Practice at the University of Amsterdam (a chair in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum).
- Peter Ernst Coolen is founder of and curator at Street Art Today. He is the organizer of the Kings Spray street art festival, the producer of award-winning street art murals for ING & Rijksmuseum Amsterdam as well as an invited speaker at ICOM, Hermitage St. Petersburg, N8, Amsterdam Museum, Pakhuis De Zwijger. Currently, Peter is in the midst of creating the world’s largest street art museum at NDSM Wharf Amsterdam that is expected to open in 2019.
- Pietro Rivasi (IT) is an independent curator who lives and works in Modena, Italy. He collaborates mostly with artists stemming from the “Urban Art” world. Nowadays he works with galleries and editors such as Whole Train Press, D406 – Fedeli alla linea and Vicolo Folletto Art Factories.
- Robert Kaltenhäuser (DE) works as a critic, publisher and curator. He is specially interested in alternative graffiti outside the established categories being one of the first curators to discuss figurative, conceptual and abstract train writing in books and exhibitions. As a publisher he is responsible for the critical zine and anti-graffiti magazine „Zugriff – Schriften zum visuellen Ungehorsam“ (translated“access – writings on visual disobedience”)
- Lene ter Haar will moderate the event. She is a contemporary art curator and cultural critic. She has an interdisciplinary background that involves architecture, music, dance and literature and she specialises in self-organized cultural practices, with a focus in the public domain, and its interaction with art. Her work includes public presentations, publications, research and writing. Currently, she works as a cultural consultant at the Dutch Consulate General Duesseldorf.