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Street Update #119

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March 16, 2016
Runs, does yoga.

So, interesting news this week – Berlin is going to get its first official Museum for Urban Contemporary Art! What better place for a museum of this kind, than the Mecca of Graffiti itself?  I’m sure that most of us can’t wait to find out more about the project, but in the meantime we have a lot of street art to witness on the streets of Germany’s capital (and if you’re new to the city, you can find out exactly what to pay attention to, on this link). About a thousand kilometers to the south, in the city of Bologna, something completely different is going on – Blu is erasing his own work from the city’s walls, as a form of protesting against the supposed hypocrisy in street art. Like he said, the artist doesn’t want to unwillingly take part in “street art exhibitions” which are ”prepared in the posh rooms of Palazzo Pepoli”. 

What do you think? Should street art ever be featured in so-called street art exhibitions, organized by someone who didn’t actually take part in the making of these murals? Is it a legitimate way to draw attention to the pieces and the artists, or just a way to benefit from somebody else’s work and talent? And on the other hand, what do you think about museums that institutionalize street art – doesn’t it slightly oppose the whole meaning of the movement? Or on the contrary, perhaps it helps spread the word and keeps art safe? Tell us on Facebook!

But before you open that new tab, take a look at the 5 new murals that embellished the streets last week.

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Twoone in Auckland, New Zealand

Hiroyasu Tsuri, also known as Twoone, often tends to combine human and animal body features, in order to express psychological portraits, which is how he calls the genre of painting that he is known for. The prolific Japanese artist has been mentioned in some of our previous street updates, which shows how much attention his wonderful murals gain. The bird, surrounded by tropical leaves, which he painted on one of Auckland’s walls corresponds visually with the domestic landscape of New Zealand. With the new mural in picture, the whole scenery becomes twice as beautiful.

Image via Twoone.

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Alexis Diaz and Borondo in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Two acclaimed street artists, who both have very unusual, unique styles, joined forces to make this collaborative work. You can always recognize a piece made by Alexis Diaz, who prefers black and white encyclopedic drawing, which often depicts subjects that some would refer to as morbid. However, no one can deny how amazingly detailed and captivating they are. His co-author is the equally distinct Borondo, whose works we’ve already talked about on so many occasions. Nevertheless, it is always a pleasure to present his new works. The mural that they painted together, is made in Alexis Diaz’s homeland, Puerto Rico, in front of San Juan’s Museum of Art of Puerto Rico.

Images via Alexis Diaz.

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Bisser in Ghent, Belgium

It’s very hard to stay objective when it comes to Bisser’s clever, yet unpretentious works, which always depict these grey-ish, surreal characters. You just have to fall in love with them, at least a little bit. Bisser’s latest mural was made in Belgium, in the Visserij neighborhood, which is located in Ghent. Visserij means Fishery in Belgian, and the title of this work is, accordingly, Big fish in a small pond. Take a closer look at the photos, and look at all the funny details, as well as the texture of the body of the fish.

Images via Bisser.

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GLeo in La Rochelle, France

GLeo made a new mural in the French city of La Rochelle. We are always happy to see these amazing works, which usually feature creatures who look like they’re wearing masks, and who have the authentic, yellow eyes. This piece was made for Springtime Delights Festival, which was hosted by La Rochelle. GLeo had the opportunity to paint in a historic part of the city, and was very honored to do that. With regards to the mural, the Colombian artist cited Khalil Gibran: History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.

Images via GLeo.

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Ludo in Paris, France

Ludo doesn’t give up on the style that he conceived a long time ago, and it obviously works well. He uses the acid tone of green, to highlight some of the most important parts of his works, and to attract attention. His detailed illustrations often depict enlarged versions of small creatures, such as insects, flowers, plants, and present them to the world in a very authentic way. He uses the technique of wheat pasting, and applies his drawings, mostly on the streets of Paris, but also in many other corners of the Earth. This week, the Parisians got a chance to witness a strange, new hybrid, which looks like an insect that wants to become a helicopter. This is what Ludo said about Flying Scorpio for Widewalls: “We study the future but what’s to come next is already the past. Scientists are into biotechnology and mutations but it’s alive and already flying around. Humans are too small and already the guinea pigs of their creations….”

Image via Ludo.