Street art has become essential to our cities – not just part of their visual culture, but as a critical commentary on our society and politics. In MAGIC CITY – THE ART OF THE STREET, we pay tribute to its influence with an exhibition of pieces from artists around the world.
The show brings together painted, glued, knitted and sprayed pieces that show the diversity of street art and its constant evolution. Designed as a feast for the senses, MAGIC CITY introduces visitors to new graffiti around every corner, from monumental wall paintings to 3D illusions. Curators Carlo McCormick and Ethel Seno have worked together to create an experience that is both classic exhibition and street festival, making a “playground for the imagination”.
At the heart of the exhibition is a collaborative philosophy. SC Exhibitions will partner with local artists, guides and activists at each of the locations the show visits, to invite them to create new artworks to join the show, and add some of the character of the host city to the exhibition. As part of this, we have commissioned Swedish artist Martin “Mander” Ander to create a poster for MAGIC CITY’s stay in Stockholm. Our motto for the exhibition is “Visual Adventures from the Urban Jungle”, and in response Mander has illustrated a classic Stockholm street, complete with the old green subway car that he says is “highly recognisable to any native Stockholmian”. There’s also a few unexpected touches in classic Mander style – kissing skeletons, a giant insect, and oversized flowers.
Mander is both an artist and graphic designer, considered legendary in Sweden for his poster designs and also known for his skateboard illustrations. He recently created a poster campaign for one of Sweden’s biggest music acts – Håkan Hellström. His work was used on billboards, in TV spots and in weekly full page ads, and he also created a huge backdrop and set of stage props for the tour’s sold-out shows in football stadiums, and seven of the country’s biggest outdoor venues.
Mander’s MAGIC CITY poster will now represent street artists around the world and, hopefully, encourage all of Stockholm’s street art fanatics to see the exhibition, and enjoy some of their own visual adventures in the urban jungle.