mural by Rone, photos by Henrik Haven
Have you been to Schöneberg lately? It’s more than just a rumor that good old West-Berlin is striking back against the hipster areas of Mitte & Co. While at parts of Potsdamer Straße some cooler things are already happening, the area of Bülowstraße, connecting Potsdamer Straße and Nollendorfplatz, still looks quite uninviting. Until now! Just a little while ago our team of Urban Nation settled at Bülowstraße 97 to bring color, life and art, art, art to the Kiez and all of Berlin!
Urban Nation, that is a brand new institution relating to the growing, colorful and international movement bundled up in the description of Urban Contemporary Art. Our first activity is named Project M/ and it has been realized three times already with some amazing artists. It is the baby and brainchild of our Direktor Yasha Young, who is inviting and connecting artists and curators from around the world. As a result, a group of international and Berlin-based artists comes together to change the facade and utilize the 10 large shop windows of a building just across the street of the Urban Nation headquarter. How that works and what it looks like you can see in photos and a small film just after the jump.
At Project M/3, the third issue, amazing personalities like for example the Grande Dame of Hip Hop documentary, Martha Cooper participated, also Ernest Zacharevic with his artworks that often blend 2D paintings or stencils and 3D objects. Berlin was represented by the duo of Various & Gould.
Below you can see the works (thanks a lot again to photographer Henrik Haven!), but of course it’s much better if you just stroll down Bülowstraße to check it all out in real life. And while you’re there drop by and say Hello at Urban Nation!
Various & Gould
all photos: Henrik Haven
Last but definitely not least: May 17th sees the realization of the next Project M/4 – but we will tell you more about that one (it’s gonna be amazing!!!) in a few days right here.
Text: I HEART BERLIN guest author Urban Nation
About Urban Nation: URBAN NATION brings together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighborhoods in every corner of the world and around the globe. It is a unique vision with the goal to support renowned and up-and-coming contemporary artists alike as well as cities and their inhabitants. By hosting workshops, events and exhibitions in a non-profit public space, it promotes community, participation and creative exchange.