Urban Art

While thinking of Munich, most visitors remember the Oktoberfest, the alpine proximity and the FC Bayern. Only a few know that Munich played an important role in the scene of graffiti, because the modern form of European graffiti had its origin in Munich. At the moment (until the beginning of September) the breathtakingly beautiful show “Magic City” takes place over this art direction, which you should not miss.

Already in the 70s “Heiduk” began to provide the walls with caligraphic signs in the Schlachhof district. With the advent of the Hip Hop era came from 1983 also new grafitti artists. Names such as Czar, Buttler, Roy Don M. Zaza performed in the Grafitti scene. In 1985 the first entire S-Bahn train of the Geltendorf line was sprayed. The work of art was 54 meters long. At that time the Munich transport companies had even founded their own working group on hunting for sprayers. Although Grafitti is regarded as an art in the cultural sense, the police still recognize the wild wall paintings from the spray can as a criminal offense.

Since that time there is a very active graffiti scene in Munich. In some places, such as under the Donnersberger or Brudermühlbrücke and in the Tumblinger Straße, probably the most colorful street in Munich, the works of art are changing almost every week. The city of Munich had reacted early to graffiti art and even invested in order to allow graffiti sprayers to perpetuate their works of art on selected walls or walls.

Munich is now also the venue of the exhibition Magic City, which is devoted to the history of street art. Many of the street artists who were once followed by the judiciary today are internationally acclaimed artists. In the small Olympic Hall the visitor learns the background of a whole movement, which had originally begun in New York in the 70s. More than fifty Streetart artists from different countries have created their own works of art to create a small urban art world. Artists such as ROA, Dan Witz, Tristan Eaton, Martha Cooper, Ron Deutsch, DAZE, Loomit and Olek have created their own works for this exhibition, and each of the works represents an international city, from New York, Lisbon, Tokyo and Berlin. Artists who are based in Munich and the surrounding area create their works even during the exhibition. A journey through the history and the various styles of the street art scene.

A true artist of Anamorphic Grafitti art is Truly from Turin. He conjures up revolutionary optical illusions that turn into visionary three-dimensional images and blend completely with the environment or architecture. Including Qi Xinghua, China’s first 3D artist, reinterpreting the profound Chinese culture and aesthetics in his works.

Geometrical forms and perspective confusion is the work of Odeith from Lisbon. He isbitted in the corners of railway stations or buildings and creates real optical illusions in bright colors. For the exhibition he made his name in calligraphic letters to float in space.

Genuine three-dimensional art is created by the Portuguese artist Bordalo II, who creates works of art from old materials, which is a critique of consumerism, avarice and materialism. For the exhibition, Bordalo II has designed a gray-faced trunk dog from waste and thus a critique of the extinction of this endangered animal species. The plant comes from the Big-Trash-Animals series with which he points to the rising garbage problems and the resulting threat to the animal world. An animal that also lives in the garbage and belongs to every city, portrays the British anonymous artist Banksy. The rat is a central object in his works and he never represents them as losers but rather as strong winners.

Behind the pseudonym Herakut the Berlin artists Hera and Akut hide their art with the goal of embellishing neglected municipalities, involving children and putting their talent into the service of humanitarian projects. They portrayed for the exhibition the artist Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania, who had also created a grafitti installation for the exhibition. A mobile with parts he had found in Dresden, such as bicycle parts, copper pipes or a fire extinguisher, which he arranged to a playground for the visitors.

The exhibition will take place until 3 September at the Kleiner Olympiahalle in Munich. For more information: https://www.magiccity.art/