Institut français, the French cultural centre in Belgrade, is putting on an exhibition of street art by leading local graffiti artist, TKV.
The French Institute is proud of having supported exchanges between street artists for many years now and is now bringing us this fantastic exhibition introducing visitors to the Belgrade graffiti and street art scene through the works of one of its most prominent artists. TKV will create several works specifically for this exhibition but will also show existing work in a new light. The central aim of the exhibition is not just to show you art in a sterile gallery space but to inspire you to get your walking boots on and see the art in its natural environment – out on the streets of Belgrade.
Since she made her first stencils as a teenager back in 2004, TKV has gone from strength to strength to become one of the most prominent and respected street artists in Belgrade. Referencing pop-culture tropes and other artists such as Edvard Munch’s The Scream or Kiss by Gustav Klim, TKV has brought the streets to life and fired the imagination of passers-by. And all this at a time when the art form in Belgrade needed an injection of some new blood to kick-start its rejuvenation. So, in many respects, TKV is one of the artists that revived street art and allowed it to blossom.
This should make this exhibition very worthwhile.