Street Generation(s) -Curated by Magda Danysz
A new show recently opened La Condition Publique in Roubaix, Northern France. Titled Street Generation(s) and curated by Magda Danysz it promised to be a spectacular show of past and present street artists, seminal pieces along with new work, installations and street work in the surrounding area. …..It’s clear you are in the right place when you see a stunning mural from Crash just outside the building complex (but we’ll cover the street outside work separately).
La Condition Publique is a converted industrial warehouse facility so the space was hangar-like in size. Temporary walls had been erected around the arena to guide you and to facilitate the exhibition of all of the artwork, of which there were masses.
While the title should have given it away, rarely does a show live up to its billing, however as you walked across the courtyard, past Nick Walker’s Moona Lisa in a stone-arched doorway and into the huge space you knew it was going to be special.
This show was an educational journey, the evolution of street art from its early beginnings with the likes of Zlotykamien and Villegle in France, the development of the graffiti movement through the USA right through to current times and the adaption of street art in its now many forms. The show was about the constant evolution and diversification of street-art throughout the world,
As beautiful and impressive as the work was, this show was about the curation, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show so expertly curated and on such a scale really should be applauded. Magda Danysz has worked with, and attracts the biggest names in Urban Art. With Galleries in Shanghai and Paris as well as a temporary space in London that has now closed, she has put on some fantastic shows with the best artists in the scene, and this show brought them all together. Apparently it took more than a year from planning to delivery and with the quality of artists and the work on display it is clear to see.
The exhibition runs until the 18th June – full show details here