Grand Opening Weekend

The URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART opens its doors to the public on 16 September 2017. The big inaugural exhibition presents works by 150 contemporary urban artists. On the opening weekend, Berlin's Bülowstrasse will be transformed into an open-air art gallery with an extensive program featuring live painting and performances by renowned artists, workshops, show acts and much, much more.

For the first exhibition, a team of ten curators led by executive creative director Yasha Young selected some 150 leading artists to create exclusive artworks for URBAN NATION. They include outstanding international figures such as Shephard Fairy, Olek, Fintan Magee or Lora Zombie and important home-grown artists such as Mimi S, Herakut or deerBLN.

On Saturday, the opening celebrations start outside the museum at 7 pm. Between then and 10 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, the stretch of Bülowstrasse between Nollendorfplatz and Frobenstrasse will be transformed into a spectacular open-air art gallery: beneath the suburban train viaduct, visitors can look forward to fascinating installations and diverse murals by various artists. Some of the artists will be creating their artworks live in front of the audience and those watching will also get a chance to try their hands themselves on the community wall. The neighborhood festival will also boast a skateboard ramp, open-air yoga, and performances by the breakdance group “Flying Steps”. 

16 September
10 am Opening of the skateboard ramp (free to all-comers)
2 pm to 4 pm Skateboard workshop by the Berlin Skate Verein
7 pm to 10 pm Open-air art gallery in Bülowstrasse
8 pm to 9 pm Skateboarding Exhibition

17 September
10 am to 6 pm Open-air art gallery
10 am to 11.30 am Open-air yoga course by Yoga Berlin
2 pm to 4 pm Skateboard workshop by the Berlin Skate Verein

The URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART will always be open from Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 am to 6 pm. The current exhibition will be on show for about a year, after which a new exhibition will be launched. Executive creative director Yasha Young will make a point of finding and attracting interesting, up-and-coming curators and artists from the urban contemporary art scene. But it’s not just about the artworks: the architecture of the museum is worth seeing, too. The architects of the GRAFT bureau have given the building, constructed during the Wilhelminian period in Berlin, a complete make-over, transforming it into a modern exhibition space: its generous spatial concept provides plenty of room for large-scale artworks. The two-story exhibition space also features a highline; a cat-walk connecting the two floors and allowing visitors to admire the artworks from various perspectives.

Bülowstrasse 7, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg