Installation

2017 In Review: "What In the World: The Juxtapoz Edition" @ Urban Nation, Berlin

December 27, 2017

Juxtapoz had a few moments in Berlin in 2017, of course the finale being the opening of the Urban Nation museum and the Juxtapoz Newsstand by Grotesk being front and center at said opening. But we spent a few weeks in the summer in the German capital, with Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco, curating a special pop-up group show, What In the World, at Urban Nation with Hyuro, Erosie, Ekta, Daan Botlek, Ermsy, Serge Lowrider, Grotesk and Zio Ziegler. Let's look back on it, shall we? This story was originally published on May 22, 2017. 

We had a late night in Berlin at our opening of "What In the World: The Juxtapoz Edition," but now we have final instal shots from the gallery. If you are in Berlin, the show is open through June 2017, so you have time to see it! Of couse, last week we showed you photos of the street works being completed in association with the gallery show. And in case you missed it, the show was curated by Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco, and featured work by Hyuro, Daan Botlek, Serge Lowrider, Jeroen Erosie, Ekta, Ermsy and Zio Ziegler.

When asked by Brooklyn Street Art this past weekend about "What In the World," Pricco said, "It's sort of a nod to not really having to have boundaries, or a proper definition, but a feeling that something is happening. Its not street art, its not graffiti, but its this new wave that is looking out, looking in, and finding new avenues to share and make work.” And it played out in the installation, with Sweden's Ekta providing large textile pieces, Swiss sign-painter Serge Lowrider's picture perfect mural with histories of Berlin (and basketball), Dutch aritst Jeroen Erosie's abstract and expressive graffiti evolutions, Paris-based Ermsy's graffiti and pop-culture mash-ups and Dutch-born Daan Botlek's stunning installation paintings.

Each artist fit into the idea of non-definable style of "street art and graffiti." Juxtapose that with the two"What In the World" mural artists, Spain's Hyruo (with a poetic, political piece that challenged the idea of nostalgia) and American artist Zio Ziegler (with his masterful, freestyled, organically original large-scale work), the show really did capture an ideal Juxtapoz range; a mixture of disciplines, styles, backgrounds, that when blended together created the current contemporary art landscape.

"What In the World: The Juxtapoz Edition" presented by Urban Nation was on display through June, 2017. 

All photography by Ian Cox for Juxtapoz, except where noted.