MUCA Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art
Graffiti, stencil art, billboards: Street art finally has a museum in Munich, which in turn sees itself as an open meeting place for art enthusiasts. The "Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art", or MUCA in short, is dedicated primarily to street and urban art.
Art experience levels, mood areas and experimental formats
Urban and street art have found a home in Munich on 2,000 square metres of space - located in the historic city centre. The MUCA Museum has moved into what used to be a transformer station. It offers space for works of art by graffiti artists, sprayers, stencil and glue artists.
MUCA's philosophy is to throw rigid ideas about the concept of a museum overboard and to function as an open institution for art enthusiasts. Conceived as a modern meeting place, Urban and Contemporary Art meet here and find a platform in the museum landscape.
With changing exhibitions, educational offers, expert talks, lectures and films, the aim is to give visitors an understanding of street and urban art as well as contemporary art forms in general.
Visitors can expect "art experience levels" and "mood areas", with internationally renowned artists as well as new and experimental formats being represented.
The facade of the museum was designed by the renowned street art artist
Stohead: the museum visitor enters the exhibition rooms through a calligraphically designed surface. This connection between interior and exterior space is at the heart of MUCA's museum concept.
Images from the opening of MUCA
From sprayers to adhesive artists - Urban Art in the centre of Munich
Street and Urban Art have been acknowledged as defining art forms of the 21st century and have found worldwide fame. Nevertheless, they have not yet been firmly inscribed in art history - MUCA therefore intends to create a bridge between art connoisseurs and the general public. "We firmly believe that art has the potential to change how the world perceives us", says Christian Utz, the founder of MUCA. In the past, he has been managing the Kunsthaus Maximilian at Maximilianstrasse 54, which has now moved to Hotterstrasse and been expanded to become MUCA.