Stroke Art Fair 2017. Where Are You?

Where is Stroke? 

Last week, as I jotted down my schedule, I saw that something fun was missing and I didn’t understand why.  Why was Stroke not on my calendar and why was Stroke not happening in May?

Tracking down Marco Schwalbe, I asked him where was Stroke and why was my favourite Munich Art Fair not happening in May 2017.

The Stroke/Schwalbe story is too long for a typical Munich Artists blog post so I’m going to sacrifice a few details, cut a few twists and turns out and get to the point as fast as Munich Artists can. (I guess I could have sacrificed this paragraph….)

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Divorce Affects Everyone

The biggest twist in the Stroke story happened in 2016 when Raiko and Marco Schwalbe decided to stop working together. 

Both brothers call the dissolution of their partnership a divorce which is a word that does not bring happy memories to anyone involved with that kind of thing. So, even though the two brothers worked for several years in the art world trying to bring art fairs to Munich and Berlin, they failed to keep on the same wavelength and decided to cut ties and divide up their creations.

Marco Schwalbe now has sole creative control over Stroke and he has full control over Stroke’s fate in Munich, Germany. 

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A NEW HOME

The dissolution of a partnership is always tough but in late 2016 the Stroke team forged ahead and tried to find Stroke a home for 2017. This proved to be difficult. The Praterinsel was sold to Urs Brunner and the new management substantially increased the rent for the space and reduced the space footprint for Stroke Art Fair due to safety issues with the older buildings.

Artists and event organisers working in Munich know what a pain it can be to get a space that is big enough and nice enough and cheap enough to make your project happen. This is what stroke faced in their hunt for a new art fair home for the 2017 season.

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After a few failed attempts to secure a location, the owners of Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost came to the rescue and offered Stroke one of their existing building until it is demolished in three years. This amazing opportunity allows Stroke to exist in 2017 but, the timeline for the art fair had to be adjusted for the new larger space and short time frame.

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In an effort to make Stroke a quality event at the Werksviertel/Kunstpark Ost location, Marco Schwalbe decided to push the event back so that his team could take advantage of the larger space and rethink how Stroke would grow in this creative sector of Munich.

With a new space, Stroke will offer more quality artwork from more curated galleries.  The focus for Stroke will continue to be contemporary emerging artists that embody the spirit of Stroke Art Fairs from the past while offering serious collectors a quality selection of emerging art from around the world.

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Although Marco Schwalbe and Mevena Chopova will curate the galleries admitted to the fair, Loomit will be curating the outdoor opportunities for artists to create large scale art pieces.

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The Future of Stroke Art Fair

In the future, Marco hopes to take Stroke along the road towards having dedicated artistic areas (digital, Illustration) and continue to provide Munich with a fun and well curated emerging art fair event.

In the future, the fair may go back to May but Marco is waiting to see how everything goes at the new location and this year’s October date.

If you are an emerging contemporary gallery and are interested in bringing your artwork to Munich, you can apply to the Stroke Art Fair being held in October 2017.  

The fair will be happening from October 4 – October 8, 2017.

Marco will give the first opportunity to galleries who were booked for the May show and as I mentioned before, the focus of his team’s curation is emerging art for collectors who enjoy the Stroke experience.

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.

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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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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London Inspiration – Street Art and Graffiti (March 2016)

Finally!  Today, I’m sharing with you the street art & graffiti that I found during my recent trip to London.(Photos I have not already posted here and on Instagram.)

Before you take a peek, please note:

  1.  I still need to label artists if I can figure out who they are. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Layers upon layers of artwork. No piece is sacred.  A mural is a mural. Street art is street art and street art is temporary.
  3. The street art is not all over London. There are two main zones for street art/graffiti  These zones are filled to the brim with art so when you go there, every corner is a delight to explore. Plan to spend two days looking through those neighbourhoods.
  4. HNRX – I found him in London.  Go check out the artwork we have here in Munich at Tumblingerstrasse and the Kultfabrik. We are lucky to have his work here.  Go enjoy it while it is still up on the walls.
  5. Good. Bad. Great. Mediocre. Big. Small. Paper. Sticker. Paint. Spraypaint. Marker. The artwork is made with different mediums and all of the pieces exist in the same space and covers the same walls. The walls have a texture that is sculptural with pieces extending out into the street. It feels like the walls are talking to you when you walk down these streets – a loud art conversation asking you to join in.
  6. The neighbourhoods where you find the street art in London encourage street art.  In other areas of London, you will find very little street art.  The artists know where they are welcome and they go there to share their artwork and not worry about cctv cameras.  Some of the larger pieces on specific buildings are not commissioned but are created with permission from the store owners.  A nice piece of street art = tourists/visitors/photographs and a positive digital footprint encouraging people to visit.
  7. If you want to go painting on the streets of London, contact Wumi. We showed you some of his work here.  Wumi is really cool and knows where to paint and will tell you where you can get your art supplies and maybe if he likes your work, he will paint with you.

Sendling Utility Box Attracts Street Art – Can We Keep it Pretty Please

The utility box owners (two boxes) have been waging a war with a group of graffiti people since I moved into my apartment in 2009.street-art-sendling-munich-germany-photo-by-emmy-horstkamp-munichartists-IMG_8998

Every couple of months, the city comes along and paints the boxes a solid blah colour and within a few days, the graffiti taggers are back to “claim” their space with their tags.

I know graffiti artists say that I must accept tagging as part of street art but I don’t.  I understand it but it doesn’t qualify as art. It is just scribbles all over the buildings.  Sometimes an artist will create tagging stickers which , to me, make more sense.  They can be cool looking and plastered everywhere.

Anyways, that is the fight happening in my neighourhood between the city and this group of taggers until today when,

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street art piece in Sendling – Munich, Germany April 2016

I saw her this morning when I walked my dogs and quickly ran back to snap a photo.  She is on that city box that keeps getting painted.  She is in a precarious space so if you want to see her and snap a photo of her you better be quick – She is not in a designated Munich Street art space and that makes her super temporary.

This box is located between the recycle center, a garden house community, the Jewish cemetery and across from the largest climbing centre in Europe.  Munich, can we convert this box into a street art box?? Pretty please? We need an official nod of the head or it will all be painted over in a few weeks by the city. Munich,  the box already has issues with taggers. It is a non-ending fight so maybe the box should become a StreetArt box.

Munich officials, I suggest you hurry up and hire a new street art curator and implement the following rules for the artists for these two boxes and the neighourhood that surrounds them.

  1. Do not cover up the vent, the door hinges, or the useful aspects of this box.  Maybe those areas could be painted with a reflective colour to let the artists know what should be left untouched.
  2. Do not touch the walls of the cemetery.  That is a sacred space and that would make Munich very sad. It is a monument and of historical significance.  It does not need adornment or tagging.
  3. Do not touch any of the garden houses. They are tended to by nature loving Mingas who spend lots of time on their houses.   I talked with a street artist who said that if you go to Turkey, you can ask people to let you paint their houses… this would be an option for the garden houses.  I think that would be pretty cool especially with the houses that look a bit run down but ASK THEM do not just go painting things in the garden house community. The gardeners have enough problems with snails and the ravens.
  4. Do not paint Emmy’s house.  I live in a white apartment complex with lots of old people.  Don’t give them a heart attack. Don’t make it hard to get spaces for you to paint legally.  Someone tagged my house and the hausmeister ran around apologising and painted it immediately. You can put stickers in the Minga allowed sticker areas near my house to let me know you are nearby but leave my white castle walls alone. (my house looks like a weird castle in the forest.)  I love your street art but my neighbours love their white walls. You are welcome to street art paint the shed in my garden.  ONLY my shed. I will post a photo of it next week.
  5. Think about the neighbourhood. There are cool things happening in this area.  Ask the artist to theme their street art so the neighbourhood wants to keep it.  We have climbers, we have gardeners, we have people throwing away pretty cool trash. We also have hundreds of dog walkers and those people who hate them (someone just killed a dog in the park this week with a razor blade inside a meatball.) We also have bikers and people heading to the Zoo or the Isar (ten minute walk. I would love to see that incorporated into Munich Street art for my area of Sendling.

Until the new curator is hired and some kind of approved space is created, this girl is in DANGER of disappearing faster than intended by Nature or the street art rhythm of change. Lets get moving and make it legal for artists to give her some playmates.

Munich Artists Visits The London Artisan

Over Easter, we visited the London Artisan.  We were not sure if it would be open on Easter Sunday so I contacted the London Artisan through their Facebook page and they told me they would be open.  In fact, the London Artisan is open every Sunday throughout the year at the Old Truman Brewery . If you are in London on a Sunday, take your lunch money with you to Elys Yard, Hanbury Street & Brick Lane and wander inside.

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After touring the booths on the main floor, we picked food from three different stalls and three different regions of the world.  The average price per dish was 6 GBP and the portion sizes were large enough to fill two people.  Every stand that we passed offered us food to try so we could have tried everything and bought nothing but that would be very wrong. Small business people deserve your support so buy their huge portion sizes and make the sacrifice and buy your dinner there too.  You can start your diet on Monday or Tuesday or the Following Saturday or whenever you return from your vacation but don’t count calories when you visit the London Artisan.

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The food at this stand was served by a woman who might have only been able to say “6 ” in English.  I ordered from her and she said “6” holding up six fingers. The guy behind me wanted just a water and she told him “6.”  It Confused him but they both laughed when he showed her the water he wanted to buy. She bowed at him and gave him change.  Super busy stall.  Fantastic tasting food. Minimal language exchange in English. (I should have tried German….)
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Munich does not have tiny cupcakes. We were happy to find a London version of our NYC favourite.  These tiny gems were just as tasty and gone just as quickly.

Leaving the food section,  we explored the other two areas of the London Artisan which were not edible.  The first section was on the main floor and consisted of a mixture of vintage clothes, records, art, jewellery, UK made shoes, knit clothing, prints, sculptures and bags.

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Mixture of vintage and original clothing supposedly manufactured in London. (My daughter bought two dresses for 34 GPB.)

My favourite stand on the main floor was the jewellery designer with a label called Pick a Twig.

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Pick a Twig London Artisan Booth. Nice clean lines.  Nice Display. I loved the hanging lights.
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Pick a Twig Earring Set – You pick which Twigs You Want
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The earrings are held onto your ear with a bent back bar.  They did not stay on my ears in the shower so I have to be very careful wearing these. I’m not good with fragile jewellery nor paying attention to my earrings so they may join Ines Seidel’s paper jewellery pieces that I look at but don’t wear.
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The earrings on my lobe.  I tried taking a selfie but my face was always too much in the photo.
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I snagged this photo from their Etsy shop. (The artist didn’t tell me she was on Etsy but Google showed me where to find their store.)

The jewellery line belongs to two artists Akville & Karolis. They designed their earrings so that each piece will work with the others and if you have several holes in your ears, you can become a tree.  Since I only wear one set of earrings, I can’t test this out for you but if you want to see all the little twigs, check out their online store or visit them at the London Artisan on Sundays.

If you are moving to London for good and want to rent a booth, the booth prices are around 75 GBP, a little less if you book for a month. If you are trying to develop a following, you will need to be renting a booth by the month. Don’t be trying to do a one off because that would make no sense unless you are already a famous designer and just want to hang out with the commoners for a day.

I was impressed with the turnout and believe this is a good opportunity to showcase your designs/goods.  If you decide to invest the 300 GBP for four Sundays, try and get a booth on the first floor which is busy.  The second floor looked like this:

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See the difference.  The artists and designers on this floor had more space but the traffic flow was minimal.   I purchased the earrings on the main floor but I saw something on the second floor I might have purchased if I had not already spent my daily spending allowance on twigs.  (One artist had smashed up raw diamond jewellery.)

Here is a business challenge puzzle for you to figure out. (If you don’t like puzzles skip down to the street art.)

How do you get the big crowd from the bottom floor to check out the second floor before buying?  How do you make the flow keep flowing and not trickle up the stairs?

We already know from our experience at the Munich Food Lovers Market, that Munich Foodies want to buy food and Munich art lovers want to buy art and the two don’t always mix.  This type of fair combines both of those by providing a big space for the artisans and a big space for the food. To be successful, you need to have both spaces on the same floor but separate so the people who are looking to eat can avoid the artwork and the people wanting art can avoid the food and those who love both can wander between the sections. Everything has its place every week and there are no surprises.

Now,  how do we make two levels work?

How about some flashing Neon lights or maybe an artist event where an artist like Lumenman waves his arms around your full belly and then emails you the evidence of your devotion to a foodie life.

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Example photo of a very fit man from the ISPO Event in Munich, Germany. Artwork by Lumenman who is not at the London Artisan because he lives in Munich, Germany.

If you are in London and are free on a Sunday, I would suggest you stop by and check out this market and the street art right outside the main doors which, on my visit, was HNRX.

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This photo of HNRX street art with a group taking a selfie makes me laugh each and every time I see it (I have three versions as reference photos, none of them very good.)  I would love a stencil of the threesome showing up on walls in front of lots of street art. You have my permission to use this image or the blurry one from Instagram to make the stencil of the trio. Make sure the artist you are covering with the stencil is ok with the idea especially if you are in Munich, Germany. It is not nice to cover up art before its time.  (What are the time limits for street art that is not commissioned?) I have no clue who the people are in the photo but they might get a kick out of it too. Make them famous. Just make sure to send me a photo so I can post it. You are also welcome to send me a stenciled street art piece as a thank you present or with some notice, you can come stencil on of my photographs or a waxed art piece. That would be cool.

 

 

Nueperlach Zoo Opens June 2016

In June 2016, the Neuperlach Zoo will be opening at Quiddestr. 45, Neuperlach, Munich Germany.

According to Kult, one of the organisers, there will be animals of all kinds appearing around every corner of the complex.  Animals and nature will be taking back what is rightfully theirs and converting the aging shopping centre into a little slice of the Wild Kingdom.
Here are a few detail photos from the project:
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Lion at the Neuperlach Zoo
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Blue Bird at the Neuperlach Zoo
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The Neuperlach Zoo Story Book

The Neuperlach Zoo is an organised street art project supported by the city of Munich and created by Munich Street Artists. If you would like to participate in populating the zoo, please connect with Kult who is one of the zookeepers. Because the building is scheduled to be demolished, Munich Artists offered to create a website called the Neuperlach Zoo to house all the artsy creatures online.

Because we want lots of people to go see the zoo, we thought it would be cool if we had some kind of zoo theme song.  Anyone up for creating a theme song or maybe a zoo dance?

I’m sure all your efforts will make the party in June a bit more wild.

More photographs of the artwork will be shared once the projects goes “live.”  I would love to have some video to add to the website so if anyone wants to go take an artsy video of the street art crew painting their creatures, that would be cool.

Please note: This project is curated so don’t go “adding” creatures unless you’ve talked to Kult.  If you don’t know Kult, you can send a message to me and I will make an introduction but only if you are a rare bird worthy to be showcased in this exotic zoo.  

Pests will be exterminated/painted over.

If you attend our 500 artists event on April23rd, you can have a sneak preview at some of the artwork going up on the walls but, we ask you to please honor the artist’s request to keep the zoo offline until June 2016.

 

 

 

Flying Fish of Sendling – Flying Days of February

Fish Flying in Munich

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.”

Street Art – Tumblingerstrasse – The Graffiti Walls of Munich – September 2015

September 2015 Street Art, Munich, Germany

It is always a pleasure to see new urban art in Munich.  I tried to capture the full images so you can see the names of the artists on the works. I’m not that great at “reading” the signatures, so if you are the creator of one of these works, and you want your name on the photo, please send me your data to emmy@kyfio.com. Thanks!

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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-1 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-2 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-3 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-4 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-5 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-6 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-7 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-8 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-9 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-10 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-11 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-13 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-15 photo by Emmy Horstkamp
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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-17 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

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Munich Artists Tumblingerstrasse Munich Germany-24 photo by Emmy Horstkamp

Art Cleaning Street Art – When does street art need to be saved from other artists?

NOW 

Over the last 12 years, street artists created a collage on the facade of the LUX in Berlin X-Berg.  Unfortunately for these diligent collagists, a graffiti artist has covered their collage with gray paint and the words “Thank STERBN.”  According to the Berlin group trying to restore the piece, the wall showed how artists can create artwork together and they want it restored.

The LUX (building) and the artists who worked on the original collaging want to remove the gray paint from the The LUX,  located at Schleisische Str. 41, 10997 Berlin.

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Berlin’s mural artwork attract undesirable graffiti or people who have no idea how to create graffiti or urban art and just splotch scribbles on a wall.  In 2014, Vrubel Dmitri, organised an art cleaning of his mural “Brotherly Kiss,” to remove graffiti left by visitors and artists looking for a few minutes of fame.  Check out the link to see what his artwork looked like before it was cleaned up.

In Munich, Commissioned street “graffiti” art can be found under the Donnersburgerbrucke and at Candidplatz.  Curated Street street art can be found along Tumblingerstrasse and at the Schlachthofviertel.  If you want to see what other street art I find on my weekly walks around town, please subscribe to Munich Artists’s instagram feed which will show you Munich street art and graffiti found as I wander the city.

Should we be Cleaning and Restoring Street Art?

Public street art murals are not graffiti and open to manipulation, collaging or overpainting.  The street artwork at Candidplatz and Donnersburgerbrucke are not graffiti.  The city subsidized the creation of the art pieces and allowed the artwork to be created. The city invited specific urban artists to create the work so the artwork does not fall under the definition of graffiti which is:

[an] unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.

Urban styled artwork in the public realm is not graffiti unless it fits this definition.

The artwork on the Lux building is allowed by the owner of the building. The artwork is not graffiti but urban street art where the artists have permission from the building owner.  The artists in Berlin worked for 12 years on a public art piece which has been covered by a graffiti artist who did not know.  Maybe they were from another city or were not involved in the street culture of Berlin.

The graffiti artist decided to add to the artwork with a different agenda and covered over the artwork of the other artists. This happens all the time on tumblingerstrasse.  Great artwork is covered over to make room for mediocre work. The walls change with the weather and Munich artists understand that artwork that goes onto those walls have a temporary life which is captured by Munich photographers because permission does not mean permanence and we want to remember the great artwork created in Munich.

If you would like to see some of the street art in Munich captured by Munich photographers, you can check out the following two books:

  • “Munich Street Art – A road safari”.Roy Hessing and Jörg Müller anchor, 12 Euro, ISBN 978-3-00-033149-7 (We have a few copies at Frauenstrasse if you would like to buy one.)
  • Street Art Munich a book created by Reinhild Freitag shares artwork by Munich artists Loomit, Eazy and LawOne.

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As an urban artist, I enjoy seeing the artwork of artists on the streets but don’t confuse graffiti with urban art murals. The two are not the same.  The artwork at the locations mentioned above are allowed by the city or the owners of the particular buildings so the artwork has left the realm of graffiti and has become Urban public art.

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Tuesday- Lets Think About Someplace Else (Like London b/c that is where I shot photos of Street art)

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Street art by Jana and JS.   You can see more street art by this duo here on their website.

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Gzegos street art face

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I didn’t instagram this street art just because I hate being told what to do.  Instead I used one of Wrdsmth’s other pieces. If you want to see more work by WRDSMTH you can see it here.

Rude Kids.  Love the stencils.  Here are more that you can buy if you want.  Dotmaster explains that the characters used for rude kids are family and friends under the age of 12 who are too sweet to vanalise your property.

I noticed around London street art on this do not enter sign.  I snapped these two photos of street art using the very graphic sign.  I don’t know the artist.  If anyone knows, please message me.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday.  If you are in Munich, please don’t forget the photo shooting opportunity we posted last week. Here is a link to the Facebook event. for phoographyplayground.de event.  You have until September 20th to get yourself down to mixed media Arts at Katharina Von Bora Strasse 8 and shoot with an Olympus camera.  The space is open daily from 11-2000 and the opportunity is Free but I suggest you go during the week because the weekends will be a bit crazy.  I plan on going this week and I will post the results next week for you to see.   I even might use some of the shots for next weeks collage work (If they turn out. I’ve never used an Olympus camera.)

Yarn Street art in Glockenbach

Today I walked to get a cup of coffee And passed this yarn-bombed tree.

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The next photo is the best part. It represents for me the hotel California feeling I get about Munich.  You can check in any time you want but you can never leave. If you need clarification of this idea, you will need to visit me at Frauenstrasse 18.

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Where Munich becomes “Hotel California” You can never leave…

Street Easy Creates Mural in NYC. Immobilienscout24, where is your Mural?

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Here are the details. Why am I posting a mural from NYC? Because the StreetEasy mural combines my love of real estate and art. If you don’t know StreetEasy, it is a NYC website that gives real estate listings and information about the buildings, apartment layouts, other properties available in that building, sales history of the building, and other information needed by people who are looking at real estate.  If you happen to be in London, you can try Zoopla, which has an iphone app that allows you to see what property is for sale from the point you are standing (I loved this feature.)

How is this related to Munich Artists? Street Easy commissioned the mural from Colossal in NYC and I thought it would be great if Zoopla and Immobilienscout24 also created murals about the cities in which they are located. (Immobilienscout24 is all of Germany but they could create a Mural in Munich and Berlin.)  The companies could commission billboard/artwork and create an event out of it instead of just letting the artists work in solitude. I was surprised that nothing was done in conjunction with the creation of the NYC StreetEasy mural.

Hiring local Munich artists to create commissioned work is a way to bring the internet offline and offer a bit of offline interaction between the people in Munich and your internet site.  You could even add where to find street art on your real estate website.  For example, you can let people know what art is in their area or how close the nearest Banksy or Julian are to their new apartment.

I would like to encourage more websites and Munich based companies to think along the lines of this type of advertising, marketing and community building.  One company that has embraced the artwork of a regional artist was Ludwig Beck.

During recent construction, Ludwig Beck commissioned Julian Bird to create images on the construction fences surrounding the Marienplatz subway entrance near their store. Their front windows were blocked by a wall of wood fences obscuring the entrance of the store from Marienplatz.

Julian’s artwork for Ludwig Beck

The fences are now down but Julian has a nice video about the project that you can watch here.

The area around Munich has several artists working in large format and we have lots of construction sites which are a bit of an eye sore.   If you have planned construction which will hinder traffic to your space or block the view to your retail/working space, think about using a local artist such as Julian or Mr. Woodland to snazz things up a bit.

Monday Thoughts – Installation updates and Fair Use in Germany

Welcome Monday. I’m so glad you are here and that I don’t have to be wait for you anymore.  Here are some links and thoughts about art from the weekend and why I am saying fair use is an American fairytale based in no German reality.

  • Creating floor stickers takes twice as long as I estimated. In my project timeline for the long night of the museum, I reserved two days for the sticker creation but the process is taking four days. We will be printing the floor stickers today. They look great at 6 inches but will the artwork look great at 1.5 metres?
  • I don’t know what two sculptures look like for the installation. (No reference shots from the artists and no time to go check them.)  Should this drive me crazy?  The artists have set rules that the pieces must be 2 metres high, vertical and light fixtures but I’ve left it open how they created the piece so that it would reflect their style and whatever ideology/process they wanted to highlight. When I walked into the gallery space this morning, I found Katrin Vogl’s piece waiting to be transported to the exhibition space. Katrin’s sculpture fits perfectly with her focus on Afghanistan and is very different from and Malte Dinkela’s art piece or mine.  This is what I wanted and the reason we have a floor sticker to bring the art pieces together as an overall art idea hopefully reflecting what I wrote about the installation.


Here is a photo of Malte Dinkela’s sculpture which he posted on his blog

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Malte Dinkela – Sculpture for Long Night of the Museum

For the installation, we have videos which will be available through augmented reality and on a screen in the space (In case people are unable to access the online version.) One of my videos focuses on Russia and I wanted to have it timed with the light in my sculpture so that the light moves with the music on the video. Because it is not part of the overall installation, I can’t play the music out loud but the lights will be moving to music you can’t hear unless you are standing next to me and I turn on the phone sound up loud enough for you to hear.

FAIR USE

  • Below is the initial music I wanted to use for the light dance. It is available on youtube for remix but because the performer did not email back and the composer has not been dead long enough, I decided it was safer to use a Billie Holiday song available through the Creative Commons for the online video.
  • Although the song by Paul Ben Haim is exactly what I wanted, I’m not interested in complicated licensing for this installation or dealing with a German artist who may not want their work remixed. The reality of being an artist in Germany is that fair use is not a feasible option like it is in America. In Germany you must pay or have explicit permission to use another artist’s work.
  • I watched the video below so that I could comment about it while discussing street artists. If you would like to talk about it, please watch the video and then meet me so we can discuss street art hype and what should still be considered street art.

https://dailymotion.com/video/xtua7w

News From Everywhere Else – Go Sell Your Art On EBay’s Art Portal

Ebay’s online art auction portal is now open for business.  A select group of galleries are selling artwork from a few thousand to more than 100k USD on the platform which uses live online auctions.   The site still does not have Sotheby’s and there has been no statement as to when Sotheby’s will be going live. For more info go here to the NY Times Post.

12 labours of Putin

12 labours of Putin.  I didn’t realise that Putin was that old or that he would allow his image to be used in this way.  If you run out of ideas for Christmas presents, how about creating digital prints of the 12 pieces on wood blocks and creating a leaning tower of Putin.

Banksy Art in NYC

What happens when owners of Banksy art pieces get greedy?  The work doesn’t sell. The article here.

Rothko #21

Schlumberger art collection is estimated to sell for about 85 Million USD at auction. The sale includes The Rothko No. 21 (Not the red one)  85 Million could buy a lot of Munich Artwork. Here is an article about the Sotheby sale and the artwork that will be sold at auctions on November 4 and November 12th.

 

 

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.