Walls - L`arte al Muro

From 8th June to the end of September 2007, the Bevilacqua La Masa foundation will be hosting an international event in the charming open space of the Venice Arsenale. Organized in collaboration with Consorzio Venezia Nuova and Thetis, the event consists of an exhibition of Street Art, the visual language of contemporary youth culture.

"Walls" will include the site-specific works of three international artists: JR (France), 108 (Italy), and Daim (Germany), all of whom will be working directly on the scaffolding of the buildings in the Venice shipyard, starting this June. Each artist will be working on a wooden wall, placed up against the shipyard buildings and covering the facades of the Tese della Novissima complex.The terms “urban writing”, “graffiti art”, and “aerosol art” began to appear more than thirty years ago. Today, however, Street Art is a worldwide phenomenon; a complex and diversified one as stencil (printed images), posters, and stickers are allied to more ‘traditional’ techniques. The phenomenon first took off in New York City, but today this art form can be seen in all the major European cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, and, in Italy: Turin, Rome and Milan, as well as hundreds of smaller urban centres. If, in the past, Street Art was thought of as a way of enclosing, personalizing a territory, a neighbourhood, or particular urban area, today contemporary art along with design, graphic arts, fashion and music, draw upon this culture, finding constant inspiration for the reinvigoration of their own visual languages.
Thus, it is no coincidence that such world-renowned artists as Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, as well as more recent names like Barry McGee and Banksy, all of whom have traversed the world of Street Art, have shown their work in the most important museums and exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation has been dedicated to promoting young artists ever since it was founded. In this way, the Walls Project is in perfect harmony with the institution’s mission, one that sets it apart from many other art institutions in Italy.The Foundation strives to actively promote project-based urban art initiatives / collaborations. The event will mark a new phase for this part of the city: opening up the vast areas of the Arsenale, the oldest in Europe, which is finally being revived after years of disuse.

Artists: Mirko Reisser (DAIM), JR, 108

Organisation: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Zusammenarbeit mit Consorzio Venezia Nuova e Thetis spa

Location: Arsenale di Venezia
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