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CONTEMPORARY
ART & STREET
CULTURE PROJECT 
IN THE EUROPEAN
CAPITAL OF
CULTURE
2025.

A Return to Roots - Reinvigorating within the Art Historical Discourse. Following a thirteen-year hiatus, the HALLENKUNST project returns to its birthplace, Chemnitz. This iteration marks a significant moment, not only for the project and the curator itself but also for the evolving conversation surrounding illegalized art and its position within the art historical narrative.

 

HALLENKUNST serves as a portal to a vibrant artistic universe, drawing inspiration from the multifaceted world of street art, urban culture, and the enduring legacy of graffiti.  Emerging from the streets of New York City, graffiti and its subsequent iterations as street art have become one of the most influential artistic subcultures of the past half-century. Notably, these forms of expression transcend traditional boundaries, fostering a sense of accessibility and democratic participation within the artistic realm. The project itself embodies this commitment to inclusivity.  

OFF-SITE PROJECTS

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CAMMANN

STUDIOS

ARTIST

RESIDENCE

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NEXT

MURAL

FALK 'AKUT'

LEHMANN

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ARTIST IN

RESIDENCE

RÜDIGER

GLATZ

 

HALLENKUNST utilizes a multi-faceted approach, encompassing artist residencies, a comprehensive monthly program, educational workshops, thought-provoking exhibitions, and artistic interventions strategically placed throughout Chemnitz,. Through these diverse initiatives, HALLENKUNST promises to not only showcase the rich tapestry of graffiti, street art and artists rooted in there but also to solidify its rightful place within the broader art historical discourse.

 

Graffiti, born not as a whimsical artistic pursuit but as a „crisis phenomenon,“ has undergone a fascinating metamorphosis. Emerging from the disenfranchisement and social unrest of the late 20th century, it transcended its subcultural roots to establish itself as a subcultural movement.  The inherent heterogeneity of this was evident from the very beginning. Beyond simply tagging names, graffiti artists embraced diverse approaches, each fostering the development of distinct styles. This internal dynamism, coupled with the constant dialogue with the urban environment, fueled a continuous evolution. New genres and artistic interplays blossomed from the streets, contributing to the enduring multifaceted nature of graffiti today. 

 

Graffiti‘s impact extends far beyond the realm of visual art. Its influence is readily discernible in a multitude of creative forms, including Pop Art, painting, photography, illustration, design, music, and fashion. This cross-pollination between graffiti and other artistic disciplines underscores its significance as a catalyst for broader cultural change. Notably, for over four decades, the subculture and its protagonists have been at the forefront of these transformations. This artistic evolution now culminates in graffiti‘s integration into the canon of contemporary art. No longer relegated to the margins of society, graffiti‘s potent visual language and its ability to capture the zeitgeist have earned it a rightful place within the art historical narrative. 

Graffiti: From Crisis to Canon - A Multifaceted Movement‘s Enduring Influence

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SHOWROOM & 
ARTIST RESIDENCY

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