50 years of graffiti - what now?

Painting graffiti on canvases began in the 1980s, when tags and painting words and letters in public space created a sudden novelty and upheaval in the global metropolis. Over the last 50 years, a novel, vibrant and dynamic art form has emerged that has its origins in graffiti, but has long since ceased to be so called. During the summer exhibition entitled Trailblazers, the Kolly Gallery will present the diverse and individual results of the pioneers of this new art form. The exhibition is displayed throughout July in Zurich and Geneva.
These artists who emerged from the street practice to develop individual art concepts are therefore Trailblazers of this contemporary art form, whose character, reference, motifs, signs and symbolic language is rooted in graffiti, but can’t be called graffiti anymore. Those artists have significantly challenged and helped shape the art market and the understanding of art in the 21st century. This exhibition focuses on the diverse and individualized results of Trailblazers. Practicing identity: Graffiti was based on the quest of the name and therefore an intrinsic and particular interest in the artistic identity and research of its own vocabulary of expression arose, through letters, form, character and abstraction. In some practices transmitting the physical and mental state of arousal created by the experience of graffiti is crucial. Further practices emphasize the deconstruction of the craftsmanship of graffiti writing and spraying to its essence. 
Most importantly to describe this new art form is independence from traditional art standards and the reinvention of artistic of values, craftsmanship and use of painting tools.

Artist presented:  Mambo, Solomostry, Ludovilk Myers and Julien Colombie, SupaKitch, Pavel Rtue, Franck ‚Zest‘ Noto, Gris1, Koralie, JonOne & Steph Cop. 

Due to the current situation the exhibition can be visited by appointment only.