In April, none other than French artist JR treated fifteen buildings to his signature portraits, amongst them Soho House, Postbahnhof, and the Bunker Sammlung Boros. As part of his ongoing ‘The Wrinkles of the City’ project – already on display in Cartagena, Shanghai, Los Angeles, and Havana – his expressive and massive Berlin murals portray people between the age of 75 and 90 who have lived through the changes and upheavals of their city.
Carefully picked to represent a generation that has lost its overt social relevance, his subjects help to make this demographic visible, noticed, and valued again. To this end, their faces reflect individual lives, stories, and tribulations, just like Berlin reveals its own history in the facades of JR’s chosen canvasses. High up on the wall, his outsized portraits instantly grab our attention, often taking viewers by surprise with their powerful immediacy in a deliberate ploy to initiate communication with passers-by.
Flanking these outdoor works, the artist also has an exhibition at Galerie Henrik Springmann. And while this temporary delight remains on display until May 25th, it will hopefully be outlasted by its gracefully aging open-air and counterpart.
Text: Romy Uebel
All photos, incl. the header image: JR (http://www.jr-art.net/news/the-wrinkles-of-the-city-takes-over-berlin)