Street art surrounds us. It’s in the streets, on the walls, on trains and in the media.
It’s in museums and galleries. At one time a youth culture, born in the 1970s and ’80s in the ‘underground’ of cities across the planet, it has emerged into a very popular art form. Over the past few years, street art has become a genre defined by its ‘streetness’ and not so much anymore by being created and seen on location in the streets.
Street art is more than pretty pictures. It affects how we move through cities, and how we feel about the character of a particular place and the people that live there. So how can we integrate it into urban planning, community centres and events? Magic City – The Art of the Street is an overview exhibition of the genre, explores these ideas and more. It reveals the fascinating technical aspects of production, and the science and math behind creating monumental works. The artists’ themes embrace pop culture, social justice, climate change, and all the other current concerns of our society.
In 2016 and 2017, SC Exhibitions explored the popularity of this art form with an ever-changing street art project, which reinvented itself at each new city it visited. Featuring over 60 of the world’s best street artists, it became the world’s most complete touring exhibition of this genre, drawing 250,000 visitors in Dresden, Munich and Stockholm.
A leading German newspaper described it as “a hybrid between exhibition and happening", referring to its communal appeal and the message it sends out to its host city.