OPEN WALLS Gallery

OPEN WALLS Gallery Contemporary Urban Arts http://www.openwallsgallery.com
Emerging from the groundbreaking West Berlin Gallery and the legendary Stattbad Berlin, OPEN WALLS Gallery was founded in 2012. As a unique space promoting free expression and public art, it grew into an important landmark for every Urban Art lover. Today, OPEN WALLS continues to serve as a forward-thinking platform for Urban Art, maintaining a focus on urban contemporary, street art and public art movements. Guillaume Trotin curates the OPEN WALLS program, driven by his passion for Public Art. His exhaustive knowledge of the field and the unique curatorial approach become visible in the selection of internationally diverse artists, with whom he builds strong and lasting relationships. Concentrating on young emerging talent in the field, the gallery keeps a dynamic agenda aiming to excite and inspire. OPEN WALLS is more than a conventional art gallery. It is a progressive art forum, a think-tank and the heart of an ever-expanding Public Art community. Unrestrained by physical space, the gallery continues to expand its activities, further building on the extensive decennial experience of its founder. With a goal to increase appreciation for this distinctive artistic expression, OPEN WALLS organizes curated solo shows, group exhibitions, and art fair presentations around the globe. Guillaume Trotin is an expert art advisor. He mediates viewings, commissions, and collaborations, extending his support to individual and business collectors. Leading an independent and impartial art gallery, he provides guidance to clients, encouraging them to purchase from both the gallery roster and from the strong secondary urban contemporary art market. In addition to the exhibition program and art consulting services, OPEN WALLS Gallery arranges private tours and workshops. We trust you will enjoy our program as much as we do!

Emerging from the groundbreaking West Berlin Gallery and the legendary Stattbad Berlin, OPEN WALLS Gallery was founded in 2012. As a unique space promoting free expression and public art, it grew into an important landmark for every Urban Art lover. Today, OPEN WALLS continues to serve as a forward-thinking platform for Urban Art, maintaining a focus on urban contemporary, street art and public art movements. Guillaume Trotin curates the OPEN WALLS program, driven by his passion for Public Art. His exhaustive knowledge of the field and the unique curatorial approach become visible in the selection of internationally diverse artists, with whom he builds strong and lasting relationships. Concentrating on young emerging talent in the field, the gallery keeps a dynamic agenda aiming to excite and inspire. OPEN WALLS is more than a conventional art gallery. It is a progressive art forum, a think-tank and the heart of an ever-expanding Public Art community. Unrestrained by physical space, the gallery continues to expand its activities, further building on the extensive decennial experience of its founder. With a goal to increase appreciation for this distinctive artistic expression, OPEN WALLS organizes curated solo shows, group exhibitions, and art fair presentations around the globe. Guillaume Trotin is an expert art advisor. He mediates viewings, commissions, and collaborations, extending his support to individual and business collectors. Leading an independent and impartial art gallery, he provides guidance to clients, encouraging them to purchase from both the gallery roster and from the strong secondary urban contemporary art market. In addition to the exhibition program and art consulting services, OPEN WALLS Gallery arranges private tours and workshops. We trust you will enjoy our program as much as we do!

Mission: Our program includes an international roster of emerging and established contemporary artists. We proudly support the Urban Art movement by allowing it to have a voice in the contemporary art world.

Witty visuals and lots of color on #billboards are the trademarks of OX's style. Occupied with different experiments, th...
17/04/2018
The Ever-evolving Idiosyncrasy of OX | OPEN WALLS Gallery

Witty visuals and lots of color on #billboards are the trademarks of OX's style. Occupied with different experiments, this #contemporary #artist developed one of the strongest visual systems we see in #publicart today.

Vivid, expressive and pictographic, billboard posters OX disperses throughout the visual universe impose on our senses with a peculiar charm. Unfastened(...)

#OX is our #artist of the moment! But his practice, albeit ephemeral in part, is anything but momentary. Read about OX's...
14/04/2018
Public Painter with a Poetic Conscience – OX in an Interview | OPEN WALLS Gallery

#OX is our #artist of the moment! But his practice, albeit ephemeral in part, is anything but momentary. Read about OX's beginnings, inspirations, and influences in our latest interview!

Ever fascinated by the street for its experimental potential, OX has spent decades developing a style unlike any other. Known as a billboard hijacker, h(...)

OK, #Berlin is full of #StreetArt, but where should you go to see some of the most iconic works? Take a look at this Str...
12/04/2018
The Ultimate Berlin Street Art Map

OK, #Berlin is full of #StreetArt, but where should you go to see some of the most iconic works? Take a look at this Street Art #Map.

Your ultimate Berlin Street Art map, a guide the urban soul of the city and all its gems, hidden or in plain site! Which is your favorite urban art piece?

How did #Bethanien get the status of a special #art #hub? Here is the story of the old hospital's evolution.
06/04/2018
Kunstquartier Bethanien - A Special Hub for Art in Berlin

How did #Bethanien get the status of a special #art #hub? Here is the story of the old hospital's evolution.

If we were to make a list of world’s leading cities in alternative arts and culture, Berlin would certainly find its place among our top choices. The re(...)

#Berlin is full of legendary places, but one of the most important hubs for #streetart and #freedom was definitely #Tach...
02/04/2018
The Story of Kunsthaus Tacheles - The Home of the Spirit of Art

#Berlin is full of legendary places, but one of the most important hubs for #streetart and #freedom was definitely #Tacheles. Here is the story of this very special house of #art.

Enjoy the remarkable history of Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin’s infamous art squat and iconic venue of free-spirited artistic expression in the German capital

When we look to the streets, #collage in the open space seems rare. Still, this paper-based #art form has a long #histor...
31/03/2018
Traditions of Street Art Collage ∙ From Villegle to Madame Moustache

When we look to the streets, #collage in the open space seems rare. Still, this paper-based #art form has a long #history in the urban environment. It all started about half a century ago...

This extensive article covers the entire history of the collage technique, starting with its traditional origins and warping up with the current uses of the medium within street art.

#UrbanArt is more than just an image. There is always a story behind the picture, there's planning, there's #performance...
26/03/2018
The Performative Nature of Urban Art

#UrbanArt is more than just an image. There is always a story behind the picture, there's planning, there's #performance. When we look behind the scenes, the real nature of street-bound art reveals itself as conceptual and - performative!

Behind all Urban Art creations, there is more than just a painting. An elaborate process of planning and execution is similar to another kind of art - performance art.

#Gentrification has become a custom in big cities. Often preceded by #StreetArt boom, should we blame #art for it? Here'...
22/03/2018
Street Art As the Omen of Gentrification

#Gentrification has become a custom in big cities. Often preceded by #StreetArt boom, should we blame #art for it? Here's why not:

Street Art is often seen as the omen of gentrification. But is this always the case? What does this complex issue bring to modern cities and what does it take away?

If you're planning to visit #Berlin this spring, dare to do something different! Take a #graffiti #tour that breaks the ...
16/03/2018
8 Reasons to Take a Graffiti Tour in Berlin

If you're planning to visit #Berlin this spring, dare to do something different! Take a #graffiti #tour that breaks the mold and takes you to places only locals know about.

Why should you take a street art and graffiti tour Berlin? Here are all the reasons this amazing city offers.

One of the most popular #streetart techniques - #stencils is still the favorite of many artists. And in #Berlin, there a...
13/03/2018
Street Art Stencils - From a Quick Getaway to a Painterly Masterpiece

One of the most popular #streetart techniques - #stencils is still the favorite of many artists. And in #Berlin, there are several #artists who work with stencils only.

Check out the story about street art stencils evolution and best artists who work in this field in Berlin...

How did #Berlin change in the past decade or two? Our SP 38 gave a short interview for ARTE TV talking about his pasting...
09/03/2018
SP 38: Berlin die Meinung kleben

How did #Berlin change in the past decade or two? Our SP 38 gave a short interview for ARTE TV talking about his pasting actions in the city. Take a look! (in German and French)

Berlin, wie haste dir verändert? Das fragen sich nicht nur waschechte Berliner, sondern auch Zugezogene, die seit Jahren Zeugen eines permanenten Stadtwandels sind. Wie viele andere auch, zog es Sylvain Perier in den 90er Jahren in die Hauptstadt. Seitdem pflastert der Künstler, besser bekannt als...

When we speak about #art in the #public space, there is one form more powerful than any other. See how #poster art evolv...
06/03/2018
The Power of Poster Art – History and Influence | OPEN WALLS Gallery

When we speak about #art in the #public space, there is one form more powerful than any other. See how #poster art evolved and changed face, without losing any of its strength!

Over the course of history, art has always been closely linked to social context. From the ancient elitism to contemporary democratization, it appeared (...)

How did #Graffiti and #StreetArt become so big in #Berlin? Did it have something to do with the #wall?
04/03/2018
Berlin Street Art History - Where Graffiti Found Home

How did #Graffiti and #StreetArt become so big in #Berlin? Did it have something to do with the #wall?

Find out about street art history, evolution and the Berlin wall graffiti history. Why is it called the graffiti Mecca?

#StreetArt in #France developed in a different mode than anywhere else. It grew out of a #conceptual movement called #Si...
02/03/2018
Situationism and the French Street Art Scene

#StreetArt in #France developed in a different mode than anywhere else. It grew out of a #conceptual movement called #Situationism that shaped much more than the #public #art scene. Look to our blog for more!

Covering a vast period, the article aims at connecting French street art with avant-garde movements proving just how unique and self-aware this urban art scene truly is.

#Emerging #art is becoming a big topic in the #artmarket, and new #artists always need endorsement. For all the #collect...
28/02/2018
How to Support Up and Coming Artists Through an Agent

#Emerging #art is becoming a big topic in the #artmarket, and new #artists always need endorsement. For all the #collectors, here's how to extend your support to newcomers to the scene!

In the ocean of art, the sea of up and coming artists is growing ever bigger. What is the best way to support and collect emerging art in these circumstances?

We all want to know more about #graffiti artists, but who are the people who make it happen? #Photographer Thomas von Wi...
26/02/2018
Quiet Documentation of Street Art ∙ A Thomas von Wittich Interview

We all want to know more about #graffiti artists, but who are the people who make it happen? #Photographer Thomas von Wittich has been documenting #StreetArt for years. Here is a nice #TB to an interview we did for his latest exhibition.

Read our interview with Thomas von Wittich, a man that dedicated his photographic career to documenting the dynamic life of street art and its practitioners.

Imagine a #billboard that is not boring. Imagine a #picture in the #street that throws you out of your grey routing and ...
25/02/2018
OX Wants to Shock You into Thinking! A Billboard Takeover Project in Cologne

Imagine a #billboard that is not boring. Imagine a #picture in the #street that throws you out of your grey routing and makes your day! Imagine #OX coming to your city and shocking you with his amazing #posters! #Cologne people did not have to imagine this last year - it actually happened!

OX took over ten billboards in specific locations in Cologne and made an artistic impact in his own manner where it is not expected.

To all #poster lovers - did you know that 2018 is the year of the #PosterBiennale in #Warsaw? Here is a little #TB to an...
23/02/2018
David Crowley in an Interview - The Poster is not Dead

To all #poster lovers - did you know that 2018 is the year of the #PosterBiennale in #Warsaw? Here is a little #TB to an interview we did for the last edition of this event.

Meet Professor David Crowley, who specializes in two distinct, theoretical fields: graphic design, and Eastern Europe.

Always wanted to #collect #art, but didn't know where to begin? Starting an #ArtCollection is not complicated, but it do...
21/02/2018
How to Start an Art Collection - An Ultimate Guide

Always wanted to #collect #art, but didn't know where to begin? Starting an #ArtCollection is not complicated, but it does require time and dedication. Get the basics from our blog.

For all of the aspiring art collectors - we are present you with the ultimate guide on how to start your own art collection without falling prey to all the most common traps.

Spray cans, #stencils, #posters - all valid methods in #PublicArt. But there is another, unexpected medium that looks at...
18/02/2018
Art Drawing and the Street ∙ When the Classical Meets the Outdoors

Spray cans, #stencils, #posters - all valid methods in #PublicArt. But there is another, unexpected medium that looks at home, right in the street - what does #drawing do in #StreetArt. Well, it thrives!

Interested into seeing how art drawing meshes with the requirements of the today's street art scene, the article investigates this relationship from a chronological perspective.

There is much we owe to #CultureJamming. As defiant as #StreetArt can be, how does this form of expression mix with othe...
16/02/2018
What is Culture Jamming and How it Affects Urban Art

There is much we owe to #CultureJamming. As defiant as #StreetArt can be, how does this form of expression mix with other #UrbanArt styles?

Our society is dominated by corporations, in real life and online. Culture jamming offers another perspective on the things we see.

Do you know what is one of the most popular techniques in #StreetArt? Many artists prefer this method, from #Banksy to #...
12/02/2018
A Brief History of Stencil Art ∙ Quick, Simple and Explosive

Do you know what is one of the most popular techniques in #StreetArt? Many artists prefer this method, from #Banksy to #Alias. Read more about the #stencil in our blog!

We present you with an extensive overlook of the stencil technique within street art, covering both the history and the practitioners of this popular method.

#StreetArt is often blamed to be the first sign of #gentrification. But the core of this issue lies beyond #art - it's a...
07/02/2018
Street Art As the Omen of Gentrification

#StreetArt is often blamed to be the first sign of #gentrification. But the core of this issue lies beyond #art - it's all about Money VS Community. Here's another thought on this very complex matter.

Street Art is often seen as the omen of gentrification. But is this always the case? What does this complex issue bring to modern cities and what does it take away?

24/01/2018
How the Fine Art Market is a Scam

#Art #industry explained in a short & fun way
#nocomment

Good news, aspiring artists! The world of fine art is manipulated financially AND extremely exclusive! Watch an all-new @Adam Ruins Everything on truTV every...

Simple at first sight, featuring bands, commercials or announcements, #posters have actually played an important role th...
05/01/2018
The Power of Poster Art – History and Influence | OPEN WALLS Gallery

Simple at first sight, featuring bands, commercials or announcements, #posters have actually played an important role throughout the modern #history of #art, design, and living. Read about their evolution and diversity!
https://openwallsgallery.com/poster-art-history-and-influence/

Over the course of history, art has always been closely linked to social context. From the ancient elitism to contemporary democratization, it appeared (...)

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