Category Archives: Street Art & Artists

Banksy Flower Chucker / Thrower in Berlin

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

Did you know that there is a large-scale example of one of the most recognisable Street Art pieces by undoubtedly the most famous Street Artist in the world in Berlin?  Banksy’s Flower Chucker / Thrower has been reproduced by thousands of opportunistic entrepreneurs on posters, mugs and canvases. You can even buy your own stencil.  The piece can be found in the courtyard of what was the Kunsthaus Tacheles (Art House Tacheles).

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

Tacheles is a former department store squatted by a group of artists soon after the fall of the wall that became one of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions.

Global Warming Exhibition sign inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Graffitied staircase inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

It was built in 1907 and has a very interesting and chequered past.  Between 1928 and 1980 it was used by AEG as a shop and showroom called Haus der Technik, housed the central office of the SS, was used as a Nazi interrogation centre and then became the home of the Free German Trade Union Federation.

The building was partially demolished in 1980 and it was in order to save the building that the artists collective occupied the building in 1990.

Graffitied staircase and cage inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Tourists relaxing inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

The last squatters were finally cleared from Tacheles in September 2012 after a protracted legal battle against eviction.

Banksy has been at the forefront of an explosion in the popularity of Street Art and Graffiti over the last couple of decades and his work has risen dramatically in value.

His pieces tend to make a political or social statement and he can count Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, and Jake Gyllenhall among his fans.  The fact that he has so far managed to remain anonymous despite numerous attempts to unmask him only adds to the hype surrounding his work.

In 2010 he released his first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which he described as “the world’s first Street Art disaster movie”.

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

The piece at Tacheles depicts a youth with a scarf over his face and reversed cap throwing a bunch of flowers as though it was a Molotov cocktail.  Banksy used the image as the cover for his 2005 best-selling book, Wall and Piece.

Update: A comment on my Facebook page suggests that this is not a genuine Banksy and was in fact painted by someone connected to Zapata, the bar that occupied the part of the building on which it is painted.

Banksy originally painted the Flower Chucker / Thrower on the West Bank barrier, a wall separating Israel from the West Bank – it is appropriate therefore that it can also be found in Berlin, a city divided for so long by a wall.

FlashInvaders – A Street Art App From Invader

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app from Street Artist Invader

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app

French Street Artist, Invader took the inspiration for his art from the classic arcade game, Space Invaders.  Now, with the launch of his app, FlashInvaders, he has gone full circle and turned his art into a game.

Invader’s tile mosaics of Space Invaders can be found in many cities around the world, most notably in his hometown, Paris.

The object of the game with FlashInvaders is to ‘flash’ (take photos of) Invader pieces on the street. The app compares the photo to a database of the artist’s work and, using your smartphone’s GPS, verifies that you’ve seen the mosaic in person.

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app from Street Artist Invader on the App Store

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app on the App Store

Players (users) are then awarded points for each Invader ‘flashed’ and compete against each other in a ‘highscores’ table.

The app is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

I’ve seen lots of Invader mosaics in London but unfortunately, though he has been here, I haven’t found any of his Street Art in Berlin but if I do I’ll ‘flash’ it with my FlashInvaders app.

Stinkfish at work on a new piece in Berlin

Street Art by Stinkfish in Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin - work in progress

Today, I had the good fortune to stumble across Colombian Street Artist Stinkfish at work on a piece in the Hof at Haus Schwarzenberg in Berlin.

Street Art by Stinkfish in Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin - work in progress

Street Art by Stinkfish in Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin - work in progress

Street Art by Stinkfish in Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin - work in progress

The piece is being painted with the permission of the owner who was also watching the artist work.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to speak to Stinkfish and let him know how much I admire his work.  He explained that he was painting the doors in the Hof as part of an exhibition of Central and South American artists currently running at Neurotitan Galerie.

Stinfish is hoping to complete the work today and I will hopefully be able to post photos of the completed work tomorrow.

Street Art by Stinkfish in Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin - sketch of finished work

He is also looking for more walls to paint in Berlin with permission, so if anyone knows of any opportunities contact Stinkfish through his website.

This isn’t Stinkfish’s first visit to Berlin and I have seen a few of his paintings here before.

It was a pleasant surprise to find this painting in a former Panzer Kaserne in Bernau whilst doing some urban exploring last year.

Street Art by Stinkfish in a former Panzer Kaserne in Bernau near Berlin

…and this piece at Urban Spree featured in my Berlin Street Art Vol 9 – Various Artists post.

Bright Eyes at Urban Spree - Street Art by Stinkfish in Berlin

If you’d like to see more work from Stinkfish including more Street Art in Berlin, check out his website and Flickr stream.

Vermibus – Dissolving Europe: The Ad-busting Street Artist At Work

Vermibus - Dissolving Europe - following the artist as he realises his latest ad-busting campaign

Photo: Still from Vermibus – Dissolving Europe by Xar Lee

Dissolving Europe follows Berlin artistVermibus, who uses solvents to alter posters in his ad-busting Street Art, as he travels around Europe for his latest project, described by the artist on his Vimeo channel.

Dissolving Europe is the new public artwork that stormed Europe this year from Vermibus. Using a dubious inter-rail ticket, Vermibus set out with a set of 90 keys and his pallet of solvents to physically and temporally highjack the western world of advertisements in the name of fine art.  Each site is carefully deliberated with its environment, from Rolex boutiques, to archaic museums.  The system looks simple in movement: unlock and roll the advertising poster to create a huge blank gleaming white breath of fresh air in the urban environment. The advert then undertakes the process of counter action painting using a series of solvents and brushes.  It is then replaced in another site, another city, another country.

Vermibus – Dissolving Europe

I’m yet to see a Vermibus piece in situ in Berlin but I did see his work at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 and Stattmarkt.  And for now, I’ll just keep my eyes peeled as I wander the streets in the hope of seeing the real thing.

Berlin Street Art Vol 11 – Various Artists

Berlin’s streets are littered (sometimes literally) with incredible Street Art and seeing something new always reminds me to keep my eyes open and look around me when I walk through the city I love.

Here’s another selection of some great Berlin Street Art.  I have added links to some artist’s names where they have appeared here before (some of them many times).

PATERA

‘Your smile is my reward’ states PATERA on her Facebook page.  Her urban knitting pieces certainly brighten the streets of Berlin.

Knitwit - Street Art by PATERA in Berlin

One Truth

One Truth, a Street Art collective from Zürich, were in Berlin in October and painted this piece alongside the giant, Nature Morte by ROA in Kreuzberg.

Street Art by One Truth in Berlin

You can see them at work in this video from their YouTube channel:

One Truth Berlin Street Art…

See more from them on their Facebook page.

ALIAS

I remember being impressed by the variety of ALIAS works that I saw on my first Berlin visit and he’s still coming up with great ideas, many with socio-economic and political themes.

Boy With Suitcase Bomb - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

SOON

Beauty in Gas Mask - Street Art by Soon in Berlin

Robi The Dog

Playing At Pilots - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

El Bocho

Little Lucy must be the most inventive sweet-looking homicidal maniac in the world.  El Bocho is still finding ways to depict her killing Kitti on Berlin’s walls.

Little Lucy with Kitti in the Blender - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Bosso Fataka

Based in Berlin, Bosso Fataka takes discarded items and with spray paint, cling film (plastic wrap) and a large dose of imagination creates sculptures in the streets.

Mr Crap - Street Art by Bosso Fataka in Berlin

See more from Bosso Fataka on Facebook.

MIMI The ClowN

Clown Plays Guitar - Street Art by MIMI the ClowN in Berlin

.FRA

Speak Louder - Street Art by .FRA in Berlin

Unknown Artist

A post about Street Art interventions on the London Underground recently went viral (though the photos have been floating around for years) and last week I saw this ‘Booze Bin’ at a Berlin S-Bahn station (albeit an underground one).  Thanks to Ebe of Back to Berlin and Beyond whose Instagram photo led me to this one.

If anyone has any details about the artist please let me know in the comments.  I’d love to see more of this clever work in Berlin.

Booze Bin - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Some of the photos in this post may be familiar to those who follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Expect more of the best of Berlin Street Art here soon.

Suspended – Alice Pasquini’s Giant Sketchbook

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Alice Pasquini, aka AliCé, has been back in Berlin and left the city a present in the form of a giant mural on the side of a building on Warschauer Strasse.

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Previous visits to Berlin in April 2012 and December 2012 saw Alice paint a selection of pieces across the city but her latest work in the German capital takes things to another level.

Resembling a page from her sketchbook, Alice painted the series of portraits of a young woman, entitled Suspended and covering 150m2, over the course of 6 days.

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Suspended - Street Art by Alice Pasquini aka AliCé in Berlin

Unfortunately, illness prevented me from catching Alice painting the wall but you can see a series of shots of the work in progress by Jessica Stewart of Romephotoblog on Alice’s Facebook page and Instagram feed.

JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin – Part 2

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 12

Wrinkles of the City by French street artist, JR is undoubtedly one of the most exciting street art projects to hit Berlin.

Since I first saw his crew pasting one of the artworks at Warschauer Strasse a few weeks ago, photos of JR’s pieces have been regularly appearing in my Instagram and Twitter feeds.

Since I wrote my JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin post last week I’ve seen a few more of the photographs of Berlin residents on my wanders around Berlin.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 13

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 14

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 15

You have until 25 May 2013 to see the Wrinkles of the City exhibition at Galerie Henrink Springmann in Berlin – a great opportunity to see more wonderful work by one of the world’s foremost street artists – JR.

Berlin Street Art Vol 10 – Various Artists

New pieces appear year round on the streets of Berlin but it has been noticeable that since the weather has improved more artists have been hitting the city.  With lots of great Street Art from ALANIZ, ALIAS, CAZ.L and El Bocho to name a few, the problem with compiling this post wasn’t finding good work but agonizing over what to leave out.

That just means that there’s plenty in the bag for more posts though.

ALIAS

It’s always good to find new work by ALIAS and I love the pieces that appeared in Mitte recently.

Game Over - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Behind Bars - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Batter Up - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Peter Pink

This is the first time I’ve seen a Peter Pink piece for myself so the first time he’s appeared on andBerlin but I love the humour in his work that I’ve seen on his Facebook page and other blogs – especially his potatoes.

Angela Merkel - Muss Ja - Street Art by Peter Pink in Berlin

CAZ.L

I used a piece by Berlin based street artist CAZ.L in my Dog Lover post and here are a couple more paste-ups spotted in the city lately.  I don’t know much (read next to nothing) about the artist but check out the Facebook Page for updates.

Ride Into The Sun - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

Adoration - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

El Bocho

It would seem that El Bocho favourite Little Lucy has spent the winter coming up with a business plan – she’s still finding inventive ways to kill Kitti who is now on the menu.

Little Lucy Hanging Kitti - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Little Lucy - Katzeneintopf - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Little Lucy's Sandwich Shop - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

ALANIZ

As well as the usual paste-ups I’ve found a couple of huge ALANIZ paintings in Berlin lately. Painted with giant rollers you can see more new work in ALANIZ’s Flickr stream.

In Hiding - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

The Blind Prophet - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

No Child Is Born A Criminal - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

Robi The Dog

I don’t know if Swiss artist Robi The Dog has moved to Berlin but I’ve seen new works from him regularly since last summer.

Mariachi Boy - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

.FRA

Plenty of paste-ups by Swiss street artist .FRA have appeared on walls and doors all over Berlin lately – I’ve seen them in Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding.

Vado In Miniera - Street Art by .FRA in Berlin

Wanna Buff? (Mexican Wrestler) - Street Art by .FRA in Berlin

.FRA and Robi The Dog

These two Swiss guys have obviously been out pasting together and I love this combination.

Speak Louder & Leggy Zebra - Street Art by Robi The Dog & .FRA in Berlin

Stay tuned for more great Berlin Street Art soon.

JR – Wrinkles of the City in Berlin

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 1

French Street Artist JR began his Wrinkles of the City project in Cartegna in 2008 – since then, he has continued the theme in Shanghai, Los Angeles and Havana and this month, Berlin.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 2

As luck would have it, I spotted JR and his crew at work at Warschauer Strasse two weeks ago today.  Having recognised his work, I followed him on Twitter and Instagram, where he posted shots of work in progress and some of the completed artworks.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 3

The concept behind Wrinkles of the City is to take photos of the old people living in the city in which the art will be displayed as large-scale paste-ups on walls that have their own texture so that the architectural wrinkles enhance the physical wrinkles.

JR has left his mark on between 15 and 20 walls in Berlin where suitable buildings are plentiful.

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 11

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 4

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 5

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 6

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 7

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 8

While he was here he also created impromptu artwork at the East Side Gallery, where he rebuilt a section of the wall recently removed by developers amid protests and added a paste up.  In this article in Berliner Morgenpost (auf Deutsch) it is alleged that a Security Guard was knocked out during the incident.  A photo of the artwork has subsequently been removed from JR’s intagram feed.

This isn’t JR’s first contribution to Street Art in Berlin.  JR collaborated with BLU on the mural at Cuvrystrasse that represents the struggle for East and West to remove each other’s masks to reveal their true identity, which featured in my BLU in Berlin post.  JR’s input, the eyes, had unfortunately long since disappeared by the time I first came to Berlin in 2009.  There is also a huge pair of eyes under the railway bridge from Friedrichstrasse station at Schiffbauerdamm.

An exhibition of Wrinkles of the City at Galerie Henrink Springmann runs until 25 May 2013, with two of the outdoor pieces nearby.  The exhibition includes original artworks on wood, incredible photos from the project in previous cities, a captivating multi-screen video installation (with blinking eyes) in the front room and a film of JR at work on loop in the back of the gallery.  It really compliments the street work and I would highly recommend a visit.

You can see more photos of JR’s Wrinkles of the City project in Berlin on his website, including photos of the piece on Warschauer Strasse with an uninterrupted view – an advantage of having access to the train tracks (parked trains have been in the way each time I’ve been there).

JR - Wrinkles of the City Berlin 9

Also, for an interview with JR about the project, shot while he completed the work at Postbahnhof, check out this video from Enter Berlin, a YouTube channel dedicated to urban culture, art, food, fashion and music.

Street Artist JR – Wrinkles of the City // On the Beat

I hope to find more of the JR pieces from Wrinkles of the City in Berlin over the coming weeks.  Sooner rather than later hopefully because there is a question over how long some might last – the diggers are already perilously close to this piece.

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