April 18 – Sept 29, 2019
Following the great success of the last few years, from the 18th of April 2019 MUCA presented its annual collector’s show, featuring key artworks from its own collection. The exhibition centres on artists and artworks that have largely defined the international triumph of urban art in the last ten years.
The scene’s well-known protagonists, Banksy, D*face, KAWS, Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey and many more, have consolidated socio-critical street art within the wider art world. As Germany’s first museum for urban art, MUCA presented one of the most expansive collections in this genre, with detailed documentation complementing the classic, iconic imagery. It incorporated the most comprehensive Banksy series that has ever been displayed in a national museum, including the monumental original, Wrong War.
November 2018 – April 2019
After two decades of mainly portraiting the world’s leading actors and musicians, Søren Solkær set out to do a portrait anthology of the pioneering icons of street art across the globe. SURFACE was the result of a three-year journey photographing street art stars in cities they consider their creative platforms, including London, Los Angeles, Miami, Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam, New York, Vancouver and Copenhagen.
SURFACE was developed in Søren’s signature style, drawing influences from cinema and painting. His use of artificial lighting on location and a powerful element of storytelling creates images with an atmosphere of hyperrealism – like imaginary film stills. Each artist is portrayed with their own artwork, often using masks or props to obscure their identities.
Gold, sand and glue…with these materials, the young German artist achieved his breakthrough onto the global art market. By the age of 25, he opened his first solo exhibition in the renowned gallery district Chelsea in New York City, in cooperation with Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim.
MUCA presented more than 20 of his most memorable art pieces in a major exhibition. His original intention behind the process was: “Do it differently”, which led him to a unique technique of making collages. His use of white and black sand in combination with gold foil and special glue creates a delicate result.
July to Nov 2018
For centuries, of course, portrait painting was art. But by the second half of the 20th century, it had almost disappeared. Photography and technological development seemed to outstrip the medium of painting. In today’s digital world where an image is here today and gone tomorrow, portraiture seems like the new counter culture. So why paint someone’s picture in the age of the selfie?
IMAGO was a show dedicated to the history of portraiture: over 30 artists from five different continents were invited to pay homage to and interpret a portrait in a medium of their choice. IMAGO led visitors through different eras, helping them discover the international history and evolution of the portrait.
Since 2015, the artist collective super+ performs “Flight of the Phoenix” at different locations, such as in the English Garden, the Kunstarealfest in Munich, the Pinakothek of Modern Art in Munich, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or, like in February 2018, in the middle of the Indian Ocean: Mauritius.
MUCA exhibited the resulting photographs, as well as the videowork from Mauritius, which was projected onto a 20 x 6 metre canvas. The exhibition in MUCA made the „Flight of the Phoenix“ experience available to visitors in post.
Referring to the idea that MEDIA IS ART, this exhibition highlighted intersections between the magazine BUNTE and the art world. The illustrated truth was contrasted with an abstract multimedia and scenographic staging. Works by Andy Warhol, Anselm Reyle, Benjamin Roeder, Hell Gette, Laurence De Valmy, Mia Florentine Weiss, Michael von Hassel, Olaf Nicolai, Paulina Nolte, Roger Fritz and Stefan Strumbel were on display.
March 2018 to June 2018
Active since 2004, HERAKUT is a collaboration between two German graffiti artists: Hera and Akut. They have been internationally celebrated top stars of the urban art scene for many years. In the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA), the duo presented an extensive new exhibition full of melancholy and humour, compiled exclusively for MUCA. The exhibition reflected the feelings of their generation, staggering between genius and madness under the title: WAHN|SINN – HERAKUT SHOW.
November 2017 to March 2018
Jimmy Nelson (UK, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot in 1985. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, filled with revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.
In the last seven years Jimmy Nelson has visited 61 indigenous cultures and traveled to 27 unique places around the globe, from the Northern reaches of Siberia with the Khanys reindeer herders to the deep jungles of the Amazon with the Pataxo; from the Himalayas with the Laylap in Bhutan to the last hidden outposts of Africa with the Mundari in isolated South Sudan.
July to November 2017
Words have a long tradition in the street writer scene, where they have evolved into their own pictorial language. Many artists of the street deal with the art of writing, and develop it further to the high art of calligraphy. The term ‘calligraffiti’ was born from the fusion between graffiti and calligraphy.
Representatives of this genre are, inter alia: Patrick Hartl, Said Dokins, Stohead, JonOne, L’Atlas, Tarek Benaoum, Jan Koke, Jiwoo and Creepy Mouse. Stohead designed the façade of the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA) in the context of the Art of Writing exhibition.
April to June 2017
MUCA founder Christian Utz has been a passionate art collector for more than 25 years. His personal task is to musealize urban art. So naturally, MUCA invited to a collector’s show in Germany’s first museum for urban art.
In addition to selected exhibits from the MUCA collection, the exhibition presented detailed collectors’ records on Banksy, J.R., Shepard Fairey, Vhils, and others. The exhibition was accompanied by curator talks and personal guided tours with the collectors.
January to April 2017
At our opening exhibition, Streetopoly (Part I), visitors encountered a selection of urban artists and their works. In its extension, Streetopoly (Part II), they were able to gain deeper background information in a playful way. Visitors did not walk from one image to another as a passive viewer, but were included as an active part of the exhibition concept. Walking on a giant board game, visitors interacted with art as a living game character.
(for students, apprentices, retirees, unemployeed workers and visitors with intermediate disability.)
Entry free for children aged under 12.
For groups of 5 or more persons: Reduced price per person (this applies to regular paying guests). Currently visitor groups are limited to 10 people, registration upfront is required.