Now entering its seventh year, STROKE has become one of Munich’s biggest art gatherings and one of Germany’s top five art fairs. It was founded by brothers Marco and Raiko Schwalbe and aims to promote young, urban art from around the world. Of course, the majority of the exhibiting galleries are German, but there are also works of art from Brazilian, British, South African, Swiss and Dutch artists, among others.
I was offered a chance to take a sneak peek at the fair’s art before the grand opening with local band The Capitols, and was particularly taken with some of the art from Berlin’s ATM Gallery – Berlin street artist Emess’ colourful portraits of important figures (from Queen Elizabeth II to Pope Francis) were very eye-catching. Italian-born, London-based visual artist Giuseppe Lo Schiavo‘s black and white paintings were also absolutely stunning.
The fair will run until Sunday (midday until 10pm every day, except Sunday, when it draws to a close at 6pm). Entrance costs 13 € and make sure you combine your visit with a few drinks at one of STROKE’s parties – their birthday party is planned for Friday night (10 €) with a mix of hip-hop, house and soul and their closing party is on Saturday night, presented by PULS.