Munich’s Positive-Propaganda

With my employer’s headquarters based in Munich, I regularly make trips to the Bavarian capital. Though I’m there for work, I always make time to take in some of the local sights. On a visit in September 2014, I was delighted to come across a giant wall by the Berlin-based artist, Kripoe. It was a perfectly serendipitous moment: bleary-eyed, jetlagged and rushing to work for an early morning continuing education session, this wall greeted me as I stepped off the tram outside the office.

kripoe [Read more: Kripoe for Positive-Propaganda]

With a little digging, I discovered this wall was a 2012 joint initiative between Amnesty International and the Munich-based non-profit arts association, Positive-Propaganda, who are “dedicated to establishing contemporary and socio-political art in urban spaces”. Amazingly, they had been able to convince the notoriously aloof artist to paint his first legal wall, titled “Hände hoch für Waffenkontrollel!” (“Hands Up For Gun Control”).

Around the corner, also on the grounds of the Schwere Reiter art center, I came across another Positive-Propaganda wall by the Spanish artist Aryz.

aryz [Read more: Aryz for Positive-Propaganda]

After an absence of two years, I returned to Munich in November 2016 for a 3-day software training. With only a Sunday afternoon of free time at my disposal, I hit the ground running, determined to see the walls Positive-Propaganda had helped produce since my last visit. With walls by Blu, Escif, Ericailcane, and Shepard Fairey, the organization had managed to attract some of the most socially conscious artists active on the streets to their cause. No mean feat in an era of increasingly vapid and purely decorative mural festivals…

blu [Read more: Blu for Positive-Propaganda]

escif [Read more: Escif for Positive-Propaganda]

ericailcane [Read more: Ericailcane for Positive-Propaganda]

obey paint it black [Read more: Shepard Fairey for Positive-Propaganda]

All photos copyright Luna Park. If you enjoy my photos, may I suggest you pick up a copy of my book? ;p

Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripüzit

Bringing Color to Munich’s Donnersbergerbrücke

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)

Starting in 2011, the Writers Corner München began working with the Munich city administration to beautify the concrete support structure of the Donnersbergerbrücke. The bridge is an integral part of Munich’s middle ring, serving as an artery connecting neighborhoods on either side of the rail infrastructure leading to and from the main train station.

WCM was able to expand the project in 2013, arranging for primarily Munich-based artists to paint the many parking lot pillars under the bridge. I was particularily excited to see a couple walls by SatOne.

The project was met with great success.

Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
donnersbergerbrücke satone racecar
Donnersbergerbrücke: SatOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Acid79 (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Lates (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Bastor (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Beastie (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: CrowOne (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kult Sanz Zwist (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Graphism (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Eitel Artworks (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Devmons (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Kurls (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Mistased Mista Malerone (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Philipp Waechter (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)
Donnersbergerbrücke: Woodland x Neso (photo by Luna Park)

Click through for photos of Os Gemeos, et al at the Kultfabrik from my 2011 visit to Munich.

Os Gemeos & Friends at Munich’s Kultfabrik

Os Gemeos x Vitche x Herbert Baglione x Nina x Sat x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)
Every time my work takes me to Munich, I make a beeline to the Kultfabrik. The immense factory complex next to the Ostbahnhof, once the home to the manufacturer Pfanni, now houses more than 20 nightclubs, a handful of small theaters and artists’ ateliers, as well as an indoor climbing wall. What interests me the most about the Kultfabrik – no surprise here – is the graffiti on the exterior factory walls. The Kultfabrik complex is something like Munich’s 5 Pointz. With walls run by Loomit, it boasts pieces by some of the biggest names in graffiti. Click here for some of my Kultfabrik photos from recent years.

Os Gemeos detail (photo by Luna Park)

Much like Graffoto’s delight at coming across an untouched 2005 Os Gemeos wall in Athens recently, I return to the Kultfabrik time and time again to see walls painted by the twins (which I believe were also done in 2005). They feature collaborations with Loomit, Nina, Vitche, Herbert Baglione and Sat One. Most were still running as of this past November, but sadly this under-the-sea mural featuring an Os Gemeos mermaid is no more.

Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Nina x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)

There are a handful of Os Gemeos characters scattered across the factory complex – despite repeat visits, I only recently came across a few of these.

Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo Luna Park)
Os Gemeos tag (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)

The twins’ riot scene, next to a piece by Nunca, could be ripped out of today’s headlines…

Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

This long, curvy wall together with Vitche, Nina and Loomit takes my breathe away every time I see it.

Os Gemeos x Nina x Loomit x Vitche (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Nina x Loomit x Vitche (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Nina x Loomit x Vitche (photo by Luna Park)

Last but not least, there’s a wall directly adjacent to the one above. I like the use of red rather than black lines employed by the twins here (perhaps from an earlier visit?).

Os Gemeos x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos x Loomit (photo by Luna Park)

Last I heard, Munich plans to tear down parts of the Kultfabrik complex to make room for – what else? – condominiums…