Street art is omnipresent. It is impossible to ignore it, but it is not always welcome. It hits us pointedly, unexpectedly and unflinchingly. The intense engagement with public art demands that we as a society reflect on ourselves and scrutinise the world.
Yesterday as today, street artists use the urban infrastructure as a canvas to draw our attention to circumstances and grievances through their messages. They have a unique sense for ephemeral aesthetics and are considered pioneers of one of the most visionary art movements. Each of their works tells a story.
In the exhibition "Icons of Urban Art", the MUCA transfers street art into contemporary art and gives it a cultural memory. This thanks to impressive original works, including one of Banksy's largest oil paintings entitled "Are You Using That Chair?" - a subversive allegory to Edward Hopper's famous painting "Nighthawks".