For UMA’s second exhibition in virtual reality, Yannick Boesso, director of Urban Art Fair, has selected some of the masterpieces of Street Art. The visitor will be able to walk through the streets of a city that was dreamt and built for the occasion. Iconic walls by Banksy, JR, Obey, Jef Aerosol, Ernest Pignon Ernest rise up next to graffiti by pioneers of the movement and historic 1980s New York subway trains.
While the artworks often stay affixed to the places where they were created, UMA offers to make them travel beyond the constraints of reality.
Street Art has to deal with an endless quest for legitimacy when it comes to its relationship with museums or with the forefathers of graffiti. The exhibition in virtual reality on UMA answers this twofold aspiration by giving the artworks a museum space without breaking up with urban identity.
Because of its diversity, its popularity and its integration into our time, Street Art acts as a prism for thought accessible to all. This is a strong argument for UMA, Universal Museum of Art, the first museum in virtual reality accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime, for free.
“Characterised by its own codes, its diversity, its popularity and its integration in contemporary times, street art is rocked by an endless quest for legitimacy when it comes to its relationship with museums or with the forefathers of graffiti. Accessible to all, urban art is a prism for thought. How does one select artworks – or rather, art walls – for a universal museum in virtual reality, and ensure that they encapsulate the movement well enough? It’s simply impossible. We don’t have enough historical distance yet in order to extract the essence of what could turn out to be the greatest movement of our times, if competition is art.
A Walk Into Street Art is a non-exhaustive parenthesis. It’s a window through which you can catch a glimpse of the desire to have the artworks and their contexts interact through widening the artists’ intention towards universal meaning. Through this exposition, UMA hopes to create a unique opportunity to discover an emblematic selection of one of the greatest art movements of our time in an unprecedented environment.”
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