A museum exhibition of street art – that’s really something different from what you usually see. I first saw street art in Hong Kong around the Sai Ying Pun and Tai Ping Shan area (see this handy tag here!), which is definitely a more likely choice to see graffiti than in Singapore! ‘Art from the Streets’ at my ever-favourite ArtScience Museum is however, a surprising display of works from some of the biggest names among street artists.
The great thing about this exhibition is that you can see works from a range of street artists all in one place, saving the trouble of trekking across sloping streets to hunt down street art (yes, I’m referring to HKwalls at Tai Ping Shan!) But beyond arguments of the ‘institutionalisation’ of street art by showing them as museum exhibits, or losing the site-specificity of these works, I think that there is something about the dynamic nature of these works that belong solely to the streets, which is lost when placed within a museum setting.
| Cover picture: Futura, Spray paint on concert background, 1982, spray paint on canvas |