Art From The Streets at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay SandsArt From The Streets at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

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Art from the Streets

From 13 January till 3 June 2018

The world’s most iconic street artists present their provocative works together for the first time in Southeast Asia.

From its beginnings in prehistoric cave painting and inscriptions on the walls of Pompeii, to Chinese dazibao and beyond, graffiti – from the Italian verb ‘to scratch’ – has appeared and reappeared throughout history and across civilisations. A new era of graffiti emerged in the second half of the 20th century and took hold at the end of the 1970s spreading rapidly across the globe. Nurtured by the urban rhythms of cities as varied as New York, Paris, Rio and Sydney, the movement’s protagonists developed a dynamic visual culture that has been adapted and reinvented many times since.

Street Art, as it is known today, was born out of an ‘ultimate city’ moment – a point in recent history where artists felt the need to make works that were intended to be seen, or experienced in raw, gritty, urban environments. In doing so these artists developed their own techniques and effects to deliver high-impact messages that ranged from simple signatures to political statements.

Sometimes known as ‘Spray Art’, ‘Graffiti’ or ‘Stencil Art’, art born of the street is almost impossible to fix and categorise as it continues to grow and evolve.  Even the term ‘Street Art’ is problematic, as many works today are no longer created in, or for the streets.

Yesterday’s pioneers have become the accomplished artists of today and inspire new generations that in turn go on to push the limits of the movement even further, inventing and renewing again and again.  From its urban beginnings Street Art has become a globally recognised medium of artistic expression and is deeply rooted in today’s visual culture. It relates to our contemporary society, making it one of the most valuable artistic movements to emerge in the 20th century.

Curated for ArtScience Museum by Street Art expert and writer Magda Danysz, Art from the Streets explores the movement’s countercultural beginnings and its extraordinary evolution as a contemporary artform.  Spanning more than 40 years this exhibition brings together large-scale mural paintings, installations, videos, sketches and archival material from some of the most iconic names in the Street Art movement. To illustrate the vitality and diversity of the movement as it is now, new works by some of the leading names in contemporary Street Art have been commissioned. Created especially for the exhibition and painted directly onto the museum walls, these commissions profile the work of Spanish Street Art sensation Felipe Pantone amongst others and shines a spotlight on urban art in Southeast Asia with the work of Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho and Singaporean artists Speak Cryptic and Yok & Sheryo.

Artists who created new site-specific artworks:

Eko Nugroho, Felipe Pantone, Ludo, M-City, Remi Rough, Speak Cryptic, Tarek Benaoum, Yok & Sheryo, YZ, Zevs

Full list of artists featured:

Banksy, Tarek Benaoum, Stéphane Bisseuil, Blade, Crash, Speak Cryptic, D*face, Fab 5 Freddy, FAILE, Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Futura, Invader, JR, L'Atlas, Ludo, M-City, Nasty, Eko Nugroho, Nunca, Felipe Pantone, Quik, Lee Quinones, Blek le Rat, Rero, Remi Rough, André Saraiva, Seen, Seth, Sten Lex, Tanc, Hua Tunan, Yok & Sheryo, YZ, Zevs and many more.

Advisory (Some Mature Content)

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Art on the Streets

More than showing art from the streets within our spaces, we go a step further to have a programme of art on the streets, with new works by local and international artists being created for public spaces in the streets of Singapore. Speak Cryptic, Felipe Pantone, and Remi Rough, have been commissioned to take their works beyond the galleries of ArtScience museum, as part of the endeavour to reframe the public’s perception of Street Art, revealing a dynamic and energetic art movement in a constant state of flux. Click here to see where the artists have invaded the city.

Five graffiti artists took part in a live graffiti battle hosted by ArtScience Museum around the theme of ‘Sunset by the Bay’. Featuring SONG, REAPS, MIZNEK, ASMOE and ALOTONE, each had the same tools, colours available and 8 hours to complete their walls. Watch to see was the judges’ and crowd favourite.



Public Guided Tours 
Saturday - 2 June | 11.30am - 12.15pm & 5.00pm - 5.45pm
Sunday - 3 June | 11.30am - 12.15pm & 5.00pm - 5.45pm
Family Fridays - 1 June | 3.00pm - 3.45pm
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Level 3

Mandarin Guided Tours
Sundays - 3 June | 4:00pm - 4.45pm
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Level 3

How have street artists changed the face of our urban environment globally? What is the creative sphere of this distinct drive? Be guided on a reflective journey into this artistic movement’s history and development from the 1970s to date. 


Family Fridays - 1 June  | 4:30pm - 5:30pm 

Express yourself by experimenting with your artistic side and tap on your inner creativity to find out where you could take yourself! Using techniques such as drawing, collaging, word association and mixed media, this workshop aims to promote dialogue and open discussion about issues that can be addressed through art. At the end, you will create your own artwork to help you get started on your personal creative path!

* S$5 per participant. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Curator

Magda Danysz 

Based in Paris and Shanghai, with an office in London, Magda Danysz is both a curator and writer. A gallery owner since 1991 Danysz supports the work of artists who resonate with the current times. Having witnessed the rise of graffiti and urban art from its very beginnings, Danysz became an expert in the movement, writing books about the history of Street Art and curating major institutional group shows, as well as over fifty solo shows with artists including Shepard Fairey (aka Obey), Space Invader, JR and Vhils among many others.
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