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Iconic Street Artists Invade The ArtScience Museum

From 13 January 2018, the world’s most iconic street artists present provocative works, as they invade the galleries of the ArtScience Museum in one of the boldest exhibitions to be shown in years. Art from the Streets traces 40 years of Street Art, from its countercultural beginnings to its extraordinary rise as a major phenomenon in contemporary art. The show features the world’s best-known street artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Futura, Invader, JR, Blek le Rat, Swoon, and Vhils among others.

Curated by Street Art expert and gallerist Magda Danysz, Art from the Streets reflects the evolution of street art, charting the diverse artistic techniques employed by artists through the decades and showing how technology has created new expressive avenues for artists. Having witnessed the rise of graffiti and urban art from its beginnings, Danysz became an expert in the movement, writing books about the history of Street Art, curating major institutional group shows and over 50 solo shows with various artists, some of them in the upcoming exhibition.

Banksy (b. date unknown). Untitled, Mural in New York. (Photo courtesy of Ian Cox.)

“Street Art is definitely the most important art movement that has emerged in the 21 st century and celebrating the vitality of a movement all of us can witness on an everyday experience is thrilling. It is also very important at this stage of the movement to explicit the history of the movement as now the movement, with its 40 years of history, really can be artistically put into perspective,” added Magda Danysz, a curator and writer based in Paris and Shanghai.

One of the highlights of Art from the Streets will be a series of live paintings and installations created on – site by iconic names from the field. Nearly a dozen artists, including upcoming new street art sensation, Felipe Pantone from Spain, have been invited to take over the galleries of the museum, creating new artworks, especially for the show. Illustrating the vitality of and diversity of the movement, the show also includes large-scale mural paintings, installations, videos, prints, archival material, drawings, and sketches.

As well as bringing some of the leading international names in Street Art to Singapore for the first time, Art from the Streets also shines a spotlight on urban art in Southeast Asia. The show includes major new works by local and regional artists, including Speak Cryptic (Singapore), Yok & Sheryo (Singapore) and Eko Nugroho (Indonesia).

YZ (b. 1975). Empress Wu, 2015. Installation painted on antique doors. (Photo courtesy of Stéphane Bisseuil.)

The ArtScience Museum is thrilled to be presenting some of the biggest names in Street Art in this daring and provocative new show. With what started out as acts of rebellion on the streets of US cities in the 1970s – it has since expanded into a major international cultural movement. Art from the Streets shows how street art has evolved beyond the early days of graffiti and tagging, and is now recognised as one of the most important artistic genres of the 21st century.

“Our visitors will see how artists have restyled the look and feel of cities around the world, through captivating, thought-provoking works that range from small interventions to massive murals. This is an exhibition that celebrates the energy and dynamism of the streets, by encouraging some of the most exciting artists in the field to transform our galleries into living urban artworks,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands.

Art from the Streets will run from 13 January to 3 June 2018, find out more here!

Cover photo: (Felipe Pantone (b. 1986). Untitled, Mural in Montreal, 2016. Spray Paint. Study for live installation in Art from the Streets exhibition at ArtScience Museum, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.)

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