Lollapalooza Berlin is a melting pot of international cultural scenes and the art world. In 2015, we started our cooperation between URBAN NATION and Lollapalooza Berlin. Ever since, we added a great deal of originality each year.
Lollapalooza Berlin and URBAN NATION’s mutual creative drive and exchange is a unique experience which catapults our festival to new creative heights. The festival turns into a walk-in gallery turning the festival site into both a vernissage and a finissage.
UNique UNited UNstoppable
Three years ago, we began collaborating and set out on this exciting journey together. In 2017, we will celebrate the synergy of music, art and friendship for the third time – this unique creative collaboration turned out to be an UNstoppable one!
This year, we’re incredibly proud to simultaneously announce the opening of the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Berlin’s museum for urban contemporary art:
We are UNique
We are UNited
We are UNstoppable
This year’s artwork depicts the eventful path we travelled together with all our stunning cooperation partners and artists so far. With much dedication, a miniature model of the upcoming museum was created in the shape of a cube which will be exhibited at the Lollapalooza festival. The artwork describes our motto “All Nations Under One Roof”. In addition, it is testament to our spiritual and creative growth over these past years.
As a highlight, all artists will be on location. We’re looking forward to your visit to our cube. Come in, say hello, and take a souvenir photo in our photo booth.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our opening exhibition at URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART in Berlin-Schöneberg on September 16 and 17, 2017.
URBAN NATION: Our 2017 artists
Initially inspired by the graffiti scene, the UK-based artist duo SNIK has been working with stencils and spray cans for more than a decade. By using handmade stencils, their works are bursting with detail. Standstill depictions of dynamic movement – oftentimes impressively sized – are characteristic of the duo’s brave aesthetics. However, it’s more about the finer, fleeting details of a unique moment in time that SNIK lays a focus on, like strands of hair or textures of fabrics.Visit Website
After studying art, the London-based artist Fanakapan dedicated himself to street art in 2000 and found his tribe in skate culture. He started out by designing stencils. Soon, however, he found them too restricting as a medium. He turned to metallic balloons as his object of choice as they left him with more freedom in terms of light and shadow. Since then, he’s been perfecting his aesthetics; his hyperrealistic works jump right at you from the surfaces they are painted on – in full 3D.Visit Website
TAPE OVER is an international Tape Art group, with roots to Berlin’s electro scene, which was founded in the German capital in 2011. Diversity and a love for detail are characteristic to their style which combines elements of street art and urban art. TAPE OVER’s art mirrors their current inspiration, which include organic shapes, abstract forms and simple designs as much as visual statements. It’s the unique limitation of tape that inspires their creations, the group explains.Visit Website
The Italian street artist Millo, also known as Francesco Camillo Ciorgino, fills massive walls with his characteristic, mostly monochromatic works; sometimes with a splash of bold colour. He started out his artistic career as a student of architecture which informed his sense of space and explains his love for isometric forms. His slightly surreal and large-sized murals depict huge, childlike characters which he describes as the purest part of himself and ourselves.Visit Website
As a kid, Sebastian Wandl already discovered his passion for colour, form and fantasy. His dream, to become an independent artist, led him to study art in Munich. In 2011, he was able to make his dream come true. His artworks oftentimes depict women, animals and mystical creatures which are so photorealistic, you’d think you could reach out and touch them.Visit Website
Nuno Viegas, also known as Metis, is a Portuguese artist born in Faro and raised in Quarteira. Founder of the art collective Policromia Crew, he started his artistic journey with graffiti in 1999. After completing his studies in Visual Arts at the University of Algarve he moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands where he discovered a new artistic identity and began to develop his painting strongly influenced by graffiti. This hip-hop subculture has been the focal point of the artist’s production and its greatest source of inspiration.Visit Website
Allison Tinati, who paints under the moniker ‘Hueman’, grew up drawing and painting in Northern California, and received her degree in Design | Media Arts from UCLA in 2008. Whether she is creating delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create colorful mash-ups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque. Hueman’s unique freestyle process involves creating tightly refined compositions from a spontaneous beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays. Through this method she is interested in creating motion and dimension on flat, two-dimensional surfaces, and her layered works can be seen on public walls and in galleries worldwide.Visit Website
Born in Padua (Italy), Alessio-B is a stencil artist who creates unique scenes, often with a message of peace and love. It all started during his college years, while studying architecture in Venice, as the artist was exposed to the works of Blek Le Rat and Banksy. It didn’t take him long before he started experimenting in graffiti writing. He developed his own style and became an professional artist. Alessio-B collaborated with and exhibited his work at many art galleries in Italy and Europe. He participated in the Biennale of Venice 2013, an event dedicated to street art.Visit Website
Adele Renault (1988) paints realistic portraits of pigeons and people. Her subject matter may live in the gutter or in an ivory tower and the size of her work ranges from small canvas to giant mural. Her subjects are pictured as photographed, yet are then isolated from their context, enlarged and flooded in sunlight. She studied and practiced visual arts, from classical oil painting to modern-day spray can graffiti. In 2010 she graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels with a degree in Graphic Design. In 2009 Renault initiated her collaboration with artist Niels Shoe Meulman. They now travel the world together, exhibiting and creating large scale murals. Together the duo also run Unruly Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where they are based. Renault is fascinated by the inconspicuous beauty of every day objects and subjects. She observes closely those and that not considered worthy of a second look. She paints portraits of faces, the elderly, the homeless and pigeons in a realistic style. She captures moments and expressions full of stories and meaning. Suddenly a scruffy pigeon and a woman in the last days of her life emanate a quiet grace and irresistible force of life.Visit Website
Mimi S has her roots in traditional art and animation and started to use the computer as an artistic tool in 2000. In 2006 she met Yasha Young from Strychnin Gallery / NY / Berlin who encouraged her to work as a full time artist alongside other international artists represented by this gallery. Since then Mimi S had the opportunity to take part in several exhibitions and artfairs worldwide working with different international galleries art projects and artists. Her artwork is based on pencil and ink illustrations. Mimi’s bigger works usually take about 6 months to get finished.Visit Website