Lonely Planet Writer

The world’s largest street art museum is opening in Berlin this weekend

Berlin has long been a haven for unique urban projects, boundary-pushing installations and of course, vibrant street art. And now, the city’s reputation for being a prolific supporter of the once-underground art form is about to be further cemented, as the world’s largest museum dedicated to street art is set to open in Berlin tomorrow.

Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
The two-story space will host a range of exhibitions, workshops and performances. Image by Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art

Officially opening at 7 pm on 16 September, the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is located inside a two-story Wilhelminian-era building in Bülowstraße, Berlin. Designed in collaboration with architecture bureau GRAFT, the museum’s surfaces and structures will become canvases for local and international artists to display their work, while more conventional collections of paintings and design work will also be displayed inside the institution. The space is set to be used for research and exchange programmes centred around urban art, and the centre will also run workshops, live performances and open-air art performances.

Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
The museum’s surfaces and structures will become canvases for local and international artists to display their work. Image by Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art

Urban Nation, the team behind the museum, has been transforming facades and buildings across the city of Berlin since 2013, using outdoor art to create community-focused projects. The planning of the museum’s inaugural exhibition saw a team of ten curators, led by Executive Creative Director Yasha Young selecting 150 artists to create exclusive works for the project, with international figures such as Shephard Fairy, Olek, Fintan Magee and Lora Zombie taking part.

Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
The launch will see over 150 local and international artists taking part. Image by Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art

In celebration of the official opening, this Saturday will also see a special open-air art show taking place on the stretch of Bülowstraße between Nollendorplatz and Frobenstraße, with a selection of artists due to create live works in front of audiences. Visitors will also get the chance to take part themselves by creating pieces on a dedicated community wall, while break-dancing performances, skateboarding and open air yoga is also planned.

More information on visiting the Urban National Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is available at the official website.