[artinfo] Street Art: The New Generation at Kunsthallen Brandts

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Street Art: The New Generation
25th Anniversary exhibition
7 September-25 November 2012

Kunsthallen Brandts
Brandts Torv 1
5000 Odense, Denmark


Right now, a big city skyline with house fronts and ends is being 
constructed in Kunsthallen's "Pillar Hall." Before the guest arrive 
in this mock city a group of masked street artists will occupy the 
hall and decorate the house walls with litres of paint and spray 
paint-and thousands of beads.

Street art emerged in the American ghettos in the early 1970s. Both 
the artistic expression and the incentives were clearly political. In 
the following decade street art came to Europe and hit Denmark in the 
mid-1980s. Street art followed by hip hop, rap and break dance became 
a unique subculture. Today street artists are also invited into 
galleries and art halls and despite their anonymity several of the 
artists have reached stardom. Kunsthallen Brandts presents some of 
the most renowned artists in the exhibition called Street Art: The 
New Generation.

It is only on rare occasions that Kunsthallen presents works by 
artists who do not have an art academic background. However, we are 
looking forward to welcoming the street artists because they are just 
as talented as many trained artists when it comes to being 
imaginative, humorous and provoking.

Participating artists:
Miss Take (Denmark) is known for her large-format portraits on house 
fronts and ends. She is going to make a piece in the Brandts area. 
Otto Maja (NIMI) (Finland) is also a wall artist and will contribute 
with a 12 metre long piece. The theme will be kept secret until the 
opening. Mentalgassi (Germany) is known for painting on bar fences, 
which adds a dynamic dimension to his pieces. OEPS Crew (Denmark) 
will exhibit a 14 metre long train which will cover an entire wall. 
The train is made of beads. Slinkachu (England) will show photographs 
depicting small cartoon characters staged in different environments. 
Space Invaders (France) will put up a piece which is an example of 
their own genre called "RubikCubism." Tejn (Denmark, Funen) is known 
for his small sculptures made of iron which he chains to objects 
 like bike racks and fences. Toasters (England) make modernist pieces 
in bright colours. They will decorate the foyer from 20 to 22 August. 
Other participants: Bujahuli (NIMI) (Finland), Murkunst :M.Wisniewski 
(Dr.D) & Rolf M. (MESTER88) (Denmark) who will put up a piece in the 
stair hall and on the first floor. And three street artists from 
Odense are going to decorate a number of containers sponsored by 
Odense Waste Management Company.

Collaboration with Pori Art Museum, Finland
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Pori Art 
Museum in Finland. Pori opened Street Art: The New Generation in the 
spring of 2012. In addition to the above-mentioned Danish street 
artists, a number of the street artists presented in Finland will 
participate in the exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts.

The exhibition is a so-called Short Notice exhibition. Every year 
Kunsthallen presents an exhibition which finds its form and content 
very close to the opening. Street Art: The New Generation will be 
developing throughout September.

The exhibition opens on Odense Culture Night, 7 September at 5pm. 
Music critic, DJ and writer Katrine Ring will hold the opening 
speech. Brandts holds an anniversary reception on 7 September at 3pm 
and at 5pm the three institutions at Brandts open their anniversary 

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