Ber­lin mu­seum hails graf­fiti as art form

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture -

Many cities around the world view graf­fiti as noth­ing less than van­dal­ism — a form of pol­lu­tion that must be re­moved from the streets.

But a new gallery in the Ger­man cap­i­tal is cel­e­brat­ing it as an art form.

The Ur­ban Na­tion Mu­seum for Ur­ban Con­tem­po­rary Art is open­ing in Ber­lin, a city fa­mous for its street art.

The show­case, fea­tur­ing the works of 150 in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal artists, is be­ing de­scribed as the first of its kind in the world.

“Ur­ban con­tem­po­rary art is the log­i­cal next step to fol­low what is hap­pen­ing on the street,” mu­seum Di­rec­tor Yasha Young told Reuters.

“This house can be an ar­chive that tells the story [of street art] for the first time, from the be­gin­ning un­til now,” she said.

Many of the art­works fea­tured in the mu­seum have been ex­hib­ited on the façade and sur­round­ing streets ahead of the for­mal launch of the in­au­gu­ral dis­play.

It is il­le­gal to daub graf­fiti on Ber­lin’s build­ings with­out the per­mis­sion of the owner.

But the city has also in­tro­duced mea­sures to help street artists carry out their art legally.

Bri­tish artist Louis Ma­sai, whose work is ex­hib­ited in the new mu­seum, wel­comed Satur­day’s open­ing.

“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,” he said.

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