At the start of May, the STROKE.ARTFAIR heads to its hometown of Munich to celebrate its fourth birthday. The art fair began in 2009 in the city with a firm focus on the developments in urban art and has since expanded to Berlin.
Over the past few years, it’s attracted over 47 000 visitors – from artists and collectors to those who simply take an interest in modern urban art. The fair will take place on Munich’s Praterinsel – close to the centre of cultural life in the city, and a fantastic place to chill out with a beer if the weather plays ball (this weekend is set to be pushing 30 degrees, let’s hope it stays that way!).
So what’s in store this year? The Polish illustrator Robert Proch will be visiting the Praterinsel to install works dedicated to Japanese anime – a genre that continues to have a cult following. A couple of weekend’s ago Animuc took place – Munich’s annual celebration of anime and manga. It’s big in Munich! Robert Proch’s background isn’t totally related to anime – he focuses on a mix of fine art and graffiti, which is utterly breathtaking – and his Vimeo channel is also pretty damn good.
There are plenty of other international artists at the art fair – a full overview can be found here. Artists range from Turin’s graphic-style KNZ Clan, to Bulgaria’s brightly coloured graffiti artists Four Plus, to the thin linear works of Lyon’s Monsta.
Opening times and ticket prices can be found here.