Mu­seum in Ber­lin hails a new art form: Graf­fiti

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

Ber­lin: It‘s only con­sid­ered van­dal­ism across most cities of the world. But a new mu­seum that opened in Ber­lin or Satur­day is at­tempt­ing to cel­e­brate this “nui­sance” as an art form. Be­lieve it or not, we‘re talk­ing about graf­fiti.

The gallery in Ber­lin will ex­hibit de­signs by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional street artists on the fa­cade of its build­ing to kick it off. The Mu­seum for Ur­ban Con­tem­po­rary Art, dubbed “Art­meile” or “Art Mile”, is lo­cated in a con­verted apart- ment build­ing. It has an as­phalted floor and an open struc­ture to make it feel like a street.

“Ur­ban con­tem­po­rary art is the log­i­cal next step to fol­low what is hap­pen­ing on the street,” said mu­seum di­rec­tor Yasha Young. “This house can be an archive that tells the story (of street art) for the first time, from the be­gin­ning un­til now,” she said, adding that the art prop­erly be­longed on the street.

Graf­fiti in Ber­lin is il­le­gal un­less the owner of the sprayed area gives per­mis­sion. Twenty years ago, the city al­lo­cated al­most $5 mil­lion to erase graf­fiti and a lobby was set up to se­cure places for street artists to prac­tise legally.

“It’s a nice thing that there is a mu­seum hap­pen­ing be­cause it means that the artists who have been a part of this scene and move­ment for a long time are now get­ting the re­spect that they de­serve,” said Louis Ma­sai from Lon­don, one of 150 artists whose work will be ex­hib­ited. Harry

Dean Stan­ton, whose griz­zled looks and ac­claimed act­ing tal­ent earned him a pro­lific Hol­ly­wood ca­reer play­ing mainly sup­port­ing roles, died at a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal on Fri­day. He was 91 years old. He “passed away from nat­u­ral causes”, ac­cord­ing to his agent John S Kelly. De­spite over 150 tele­vi­sion and film ap­pear­ances span­ning six decades, in­clud­ing roles in the ‘Alien’, ‘The Green Mile’, ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘The Avengers’, Stan­ton was not a house­hold name — though his weath­ered, droop­ing face is in­stantly recog­nis­able. One of his rare lead­ing roles came in the 1984 road movie ‘Paris, Texas’ where his turn as a fa­ther suf­fer­ing from am­ne­sia helped di­rec­tor Wim Wen­ders win the 1984 Palme D’Or. A pas­sion­ate mu­si­cian, he also founded the eclec­tic ‘The Harry Dean Stan­ton Band’ known for its mix of mari­achi and jazz.

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NOT JUST VAN­DAL­ISM? Ber­lin’s no­to­ri­ous for its ubiq­ui­tous ‘wall art’. Twenty years ago, the city al­lo­cated al­most $5 mil­lion to erase graf­fiti

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