The Way to Neuperlach Zoo

On June 19, 2016 the Neuperlach Zoo opens to the public and Munich Artists wants to make sure you make it down to Quiddestr 45 for a street art photo safari.  To make sure you don’t get lost in the jungle of 8 story high rises, we documented how you get from the Subway to the Zoo (This takes about nine minutes from subway to the Neuperlach zoo.)  Please add the ten minute walk to your travel time so you don’t miss the festivities.

DIRECTIONS

Wherever you are in Munich, you will find your way to the Subway Line U5/U8 heading towards Neuperlach Sued and get off at Quiddestrasse.

Below is what you will see when you are about to leave the subway.  If you go Left, you will see street art by the same artists but not the zoo.  

 

If you go left, you will see this which is a different street art mural created by Der blaue Vogel

 

If you get there a bit early, I encourage you to go left and see this wall mural that takes up the whole underpass before turning around and heading in the other direction.

To get to quidesstr 45, I would like you to turn right when you get off the subway.  This is what it will look like except those people will not be there.

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Then, you will walk until you see this.

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Don’t fret.  Turn to your left and walk up these stairs.

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Walk straight until you reach the end of the playground and then turn right and head in the direction of the Joey’s pizza (If it is still a pizza place.)

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Keep walking straight but not into a pole.

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When you reach these red and white poles, veer to your left and walk on the lovely path through all those big 8 story buildings.  This space reminds me of Berlin or part of Singapore so if you have never been to East Berlin or Singapore, you can sort of feel the vibe of all those communist styled block apartment buildings as you walk to the Neuperlach zoo.

Follow the well maintained path until you see this. This is the Neuperlach zoo waiting for you to come and enjoy a photo safari.  Please do not add any animals when you go. The Zoo is a curated project sponsored by the city of Munich and we want you to respect the work of the artists who have donated their time and artistic skills to making this fab street art project in Neuperlach.

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I have it on good authority that the theme song for the zoo is in the making so, at the zoo opening, you may hear a rap song dedicated to the zoo….lets keep our finger’s crossed that the Musician is able to debut the song in time.  I promise to share the song and the artist’s name on the website once the song is published.

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Pssst…I’ve heard there may be a  Neuperlach Zoo rap song.  

 

NOTE:  This is worth seeing but plan your day accordingly if you are coming on a day other than June 19th.  Bring a thermos of your favourite drink, some lunch and a blanket so you can enjoy a wild adventure in Mingaland.

AFTER STROKE – STREET ART IN MUNICH

It is always exciting when a group of artists descend into Munich and get creative.  Here are a few new art pieces from Tumblingerstrasse & Candidplatz.

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After Stroke art Tumblingerstr. Street Art by Pipsqueak. Please go see this piece before it is covered up. I’m super excited we got to have one of these on our walls even if it is for only a few weeks.

 

Candidplatz (Area)

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After Stroke art around Candidplatz by HNRX.  This corner is a Trifecta for HNRX. There are three in a row so worth going down under the overpass and check it out.

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After Stroke art at Candidplatz by GZ (Guido Zimmermann)

I will be meeting with artists today and on Monday for mini interviews and shooting more Munich street art created in the Stroke aftermath.  If you are a street artist visiting Munich, please let me know and I will try and come meet with you and share a bit of your story.

If you are an international street artist, you might be able to get wall space from the city to create a masterpiece but you need to do a bit of planning.  If you are interested, read this page and lets get your awesome work up on Munich walls.

 

Artwork from the Deadline Urban Art Festival and Schlachthof

Did you get over to the Deadline Urban Art Festival?  If you didn’t here are a few photos of the interior artwork at the Schlachthof which is right next to Tumblingerstrasse which is why I put all the photos together in this post. If you have photos from the festival you would like to share with me, I will post them in an additional post and give you photo credit. If you don’t I will have to meander over there and snap a few more later this month.

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Now, the artwork from other areas of the Schlachthof (not part of the festival)

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Outside walls on Tumblingerstrasse:

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Deadline Urban Art Festival at the Wanda Kulturfestival

Go see the Deadline urban art festival this weekend to get an infusion of urban art.  More information is available under the Wannda Kulturfestival Facebook page.  20 street artists will be showing off their street art on the walls of the Viehhof. If you go, please take lots of photos and share them with me and I will share them on the website. I will try to go there on Sunday.  The Wanndaland Kulturfestival is open

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  • Sunday 13:00-21:00

To get you in the mood, here are Anna Pierini’s street art photos from her trip to London. Since I love London and street art, I thought I would share her photos and encourage you to go enjoy the local street art at Tumblingerstr. 29 on Saturday and Sunday. (Anna is a Munich Artists reader and fan of street art.  Thank you Anna for the photos!)

 

 

 

Interview : HNRX – European Street Artist

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Heading over to the wall, I watched the artist spraying paint from on top of a narrow metal ladder.  Catching his attention, the artist descended from his perch and we stood staring at his work in progress and talking about his life and art.

Why Munich?

I came to Munich because of Loomit.  My first time painting here was in 2013 and over the last few years, I’ve collaborated with several Munich based street artists.  I like the city because it is close to my home in Austria and it is a unique place to work.

How do you find the walls you’re going to paint in Munich?

Loomit invited me to paint pieces at the Kult Fabrik which is like a museum of street art. Some of the pieces are really old and Loomit will let you know what spaces are available for painting.

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In other areas of town, if I’m painting a larger piece, I will  let the city know that I plan to paint the wall and then I send in a proposed art piece.  My original drawing for this wall was vetoed so I sent in another drawing and that one was approved. I never run out of ideas so this kind of thing is never a problem. I feel that to be painting street art, you need to really want to do it and never give up.

For smaller pieces, I look around for a place where I can put a piece and where it may stay awhile.

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Do you find it easy to paint street art in Munich?

There are not that many areas around town where you can paint so I just look around and decide where I think a piece would work.   For the current piece, I called the police ahead of time to let them know I was starting my piece and that I had permission from the city but the police still came out to the wall.

At the beginning of the art piece, people are not so friendly. They don’t know what is happening and shout that I’m making graffiti.  The art piece at the beginning is a sketch and doesn’t look like the finished piece but my work is not graffiti, it is art and I spend quite a bit of time and money creating it.

Do you get paid for painting your large murals?

If the work is a commission, I get paid but for my own art pieces, I’m funding the materials myself which is expensive for large walls.  I’m working full time as an artist so I’m actively selling smaller works to raise funds for the large public artworks. The current piece is self funded. The city gave me permission to paint the wall but no funds to cover the costs.

Why do you make such large art pieces?

I enjoy making large artworks and working on walls. I love the texture and the flaws in the wall.  I prefer to have a painting surface that isn’t perfect. I tried painting on canvas and found it unappealing. I love the challenge of spraying on outdoor walls.

I also love connecting with the public.  I would never want to be isolated in a studio full time.  My urban murals ask people to pay attention and offers them some love and freedom.  Although I keep up with current events and I’m a vegan,  I don’t use my art to make political statements, people get enough of that from the media, they don’t need that from my art.

How long does it take you to paint the walls?

For the current wall, it took four hours just to roll the base coat on the wall.  I’ve scheduled 2 -12 hour days for painting the wall near Candidplatz.

Do you have specific themes?

I make art everyday and I have lots of ideas.  Right now I’m focusing on little things that people take for granted.  What they may overlook in their daily lives.  I’m also delving into surrealism.

Are you a trained artist?

My mother is an artist but I learned street art from creating street art and by doing it.  I attended architectural school but I don’t see that as part of my art training.  I found that I needed to let go of the straight precision of architecture to make my street art.  I love making art that isn’t perfect and where you don’t have to follow specific rules – you don’t have that freedom as an architect but in my art, I’m free to make things which are impossible in reality.

How do you feel when someone paints over your art pieces?

I’m making street art.  Usually it is up for a few days before it gets damaged or covered.  One time, I created a piece in London with a friend and the piece was tagged the day after we finished.   My friend was really upset because we spent two days painting the piece but I know that is just part of creating art on the street.

The street is open to all artists. You can’t be angry with other artists for doing to your piece what you have done to the piece that was there before yours.  That is street art. Covering is part of the process.

Do you make small artwork that people can buy?

I support myself through commissions and selling artwork painted on cardboard. I love using cardboard because it is easy to store and has an uneven texture similar to the walls .  I have a gallery in Innsbruck, Vienna and here in Munich.  I’m also have an exhibition in July at the Die Faerberei starting on July 15th.

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Note:  The street art festival is happening soon.  If you want to see HNRX’s work down on Tumblingerstrasse, I suggest you head over soon to check them out.  Most of them have already been damaged but you can still see the pieces through the chrome. Here are a few more pieces of this art piece at Candidplatz

 

New HNRX Street Art Near Candidplatz

I will be posting an interview with HNRX over the weekend (Cause he was nice enough to send me coordinates where to find him.) While you wait for me to finish writing, you can grab your calendar and jot down the following information:

  • Date: July 15, 2016
  • Time: 2000 to 2400
  • Location:  Die Faerberei  Claude Lorrain Strasse 25 RGB 81543 Munich

For three days, HNRX will be selling artwork on cardboard to some lucky Mingas.  Go support HNRX so he can share more artwork on our city walls.

Most of HNRx’s walls are self funded and Munich Artists likes to encourage you to support artists chasing their dreams onto the streets of Munich.

After looking at your finances and setting aside 100 to 1k Euro for the July exhibition, head over to Candidplatz to see HNRX’s new very large art piece.  If you take the subway, you will exit and head over towards the little creek.

Please enjoy HNRX’s work while you can. He is a guest in our city for only a few more months and then he will be off hunting for new game walls in another European city.

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April 2016 Tumblinger Art Update & V9

While the cat is away the mice will play or, while Munich Artists is away, the artists will play on Tumblingerstrasse.

To get to Tumblingerstrasse, I walked by the Klohaeusen and saw a poster that looked like something for a teen robotics festival.

I looked at the sign and then checked the Klohaeusen website which informed me that from April 12 – 15th there will be live performances starting at 1900 by the 9 Volt Duo. On April 17, 2016 at 1700 a smackdown is happening somewhere… let me know if you figure out where, I’m assuming at the Klohaeusen but I can’t promise.

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I looked up 9volt’s website and this is how they describe themselves:

9V is energetic electro punk from Munich.

Created and played live with only battery-powered equipment. Computer and Midi interfaces are avoided. More than 10 years on stage, the 9V Duo offers a perfect blend of mobility & live music.

Here is an example of their music.

I will definitely take a break and walk down there to see them live on one of those days. There is an Italian restaurant across from the Klohaeusen so you can go there to eat dinner and enjoy the music, I don’t know if I will do that but you can if you don’t live nearby.

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Walking under the railroad bridges, I was happy to finally see HNRX’s new pieces that went up while I was away.

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Heading farther down the wall, I find several new individual pieces and a collaborative piece.

Here is Kuerls:

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Artwork by Bomb Voyage

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Here is the collaborative art piece Forest Gum.  As you look around the piece, you can see the different initials.  To the far right is Eazy, then an artist up on the top with the blue bird is Bomb Voyage and then the name Mr. Gum down towards the bottom of the piece.

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If you want to get in through the gate below and see the other artwork hidden inside, here are the opening times:

  • Wed – 1900 to 0100
  • Thursday 1900 to 0100
  • Friday 1900 to 0400
  • Saturday 1900 to 0400

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I’m seeing this inspiration from the street influencing the artwork in the studios of Munich.  How are you influenced in your artwork by Munich streets?

If you have an area around town with street art, please let me know. I’m willing to wander further away then my “Hood” to share images. I’m also up to sharing photographs from other artists snapping through the city.  Lets share our love of Munich and the artists who work on the street.

 

Feb 2016 Munich Street Art

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Flying Fish of Sendling – Flying Days of February

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For a few months, I’ve been passing this sticker on my way to the studio.

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Da Tut sich was…  means Something is happening (I think)

The sticker is very close to the Grossmarkt hall and the klo Haeuschen which is a tiny tiny gallery in the old public toilets of the Grossmarkt hall (all cleaned up of course)

The space where the sticker is posted was at one time a fish market and then the fish market was kicked out for renovation but the space stayed closed and unrenovated for a long time.

Late in 2015 they renovated the space and it has been empty until this month.  I thought it was funny to have this sticker on the building. I hope they keep it there as a nod to what the space was in the past.. but if you follow my photos, you know what Mingas do to stickers…

Shadows Do Not Impress Dogs

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“I don’t get it.” Said Lucas being stubborn and not putting his head down so the shadows could artistically fall across his face.

The dogs don’t care about shadows.  I used those shadows in the current installation at Odeonsplatz. I saw someone on instagram using shadows like these on a model.  Artists love shadows but dogs don’t care.

I answered the Phone

I never answer my phone unless a name appears but I was busy writing this post and pressed the button without thinking and said “Hello” as I kept writing about my dogs.

An artists invited me to her exhibition. I guess the universe wants to drag me to Gauting to look at art on a Saturday afternoon so,

If anyone is in Gauting on Feb 13th and wants me to visit their studio, please let me know. I may be in the area visiting Aqsa Owais’s first solo exhibition in Munich, Germany. Her artwork will be up for a month. I have no clue what it looks like yet but she said it is fabulous. (not really. She didn’t hype her art.)

Remember, if you are trying to get me to leave the city, you better make it worth my while. If you have an art event, I will share your event page on our Facebook page. Just send me an invite to a public event page and I will add it to Munich Artists Facebook page.

If you want daily content, it is best to like our Facebook page or follow me on instagram.  Tomorow, I will share images of Allun Turner and Ines Seidel as they begin installing “the Talk.”

Current streetart Tumblingerstr. Munich, Germany January 2016

Current artwork on Tumblingerstrasse.  If you would like to see the works in person, you can park your car at Tumblingerstrasse next to the graffiti or take the U3 to Poccistrasse and walk a block. Remember Street art on this street is legal and does not stay very long because artists love to create artwork. This street is also curated so contact a street artist in Munich BEFORE you go doodling your way into trouble. If you don’t know a street artist in Munich, head to the other side of this wall and work your magic.

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City Slickaz (below) and HNRX (Above)
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HNRX (above)
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City Slickaz tag (love it.)
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Subtwo Street Art Portrait 2015

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Marc Sumo Street Artist from Luxembourg (above)?

“Splaining” Let’s Go home – Photograph

I am working on an idea that would be  a continuation of the installation I created for the Long Night of the Museum.

As I sat down in the subway car, I tried looking out the window and noticed it was terribly dirty but dirty in a beautiful way so I snapped a photo and there was my self portrait.

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“Let’s go home.”  December 2015 by Emmy Horstkamp

I was not in the mood to look at myself especially when it was an unintentional selfie showing a woman who was tired and wanted to go home.  I took another shot and another until I got a shot without anyone looking out the window and without my reflection.

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Reflecting on a Friday by Emmy Horstkamp December 2015

 

I fell in love with this composition.

I edited the photo slightly and placed it in my portfolio. It represented for me a moment of time in Munich captured with my iphone 6 plus. It was created because I saw how a dirty window made an interesting composition.

 

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“Splain” is an oversimplified explanation of the process of artists in Munich.  If you want to read about splain, you can read about this new word here.

Advent Photo Challenge 2015 has begun

Helloo Munich Artists!

This challenge is to take a total of 24 photos at specific times of the day.

There are two ways to do this.

  1. You can take 1 photo at the same time for 24 days documenting a routine or location like monet and his haystacks.
  2. You can take 24 photos spanning the 24 hours over 24 days.

I’m going to pick option 1 for my 24 photos and I look forward to seeing what option you choose.

The photos can be raw or photoshopped. Use your snazzy camera or your iphone. I don’t care. I just want you to have 24 well composed photos.

I will be using my iphone 6 plus for the full challenge.  The photo above was taken yesterday when I visited Rainer Schmitten.  He lives in the foothills of the alps and that is what the sky looked like yesterday.

I want the photos to be a documentary of your preparation for the holiday season. No Stress. Lets just make some memories for the end of 2015.

PS. After the holiday, starting on December 26th, we will be posting the 12 days of Christmas colouring pages.  The themes will be used for a 12 day art challenge for drawings based on the ideas of the colouring pages.

Have fun shooting photos! Don’t forget to share them with me on our Facebook page so I can collect them and add them to a gallery.

Cheers,

Emmy

 

Shepard Fairy Street Art in Westend.

shepard fairy donnersburgerbruecke westend
shepard fairy donnersburgerbruecke westend

Want to see it?  Here is the exact location. Under the bridge. You can park up the street along the bridge. Don’t try parking on Landbergerstr because that is almost impossible and you have to drive really far down to turn around.  If you are downtown, just hop on the Sbahn and get off at Donnersbergerbruecke and then walk towards Westend.

The funny thing about this street art is that it has been scraped off so you can read the sign underneath.  I’m not sure if Shepard Fairy did this to make it look like birds pecked at it hoping the poster was food or if some diligent German came along shaking their head and uncovered the sign leaving the rest of the street art in place.

If you don’t know who Shepard Fairy is, you can see his website here.  Here is also an article about him in the Guardian and here is a video:

I will be tracking down this art piece by Shepard Fairy as soon as I’m back from NYC.

Munich Artists Sunday Urban Walk – Hunt Down this Street Art Downtown

 

Sunday is a quiet day in the city.  Why not go hunt for this piece of street art.  Here is the map to the street. It isn’t a long one, so you should be able to find it pretty easily.  If you have a piece of street art that you want to let people know about, just email Sofia @munichartists.com and we will post it on Sundays for people to go find.