The Groninger Museum has commissioned three large murals that will be soon gracing walls in the neighborhoods of Beijum, Vinkhuizen and Paddepoel, reported the Groningen Internet Courant. The Museum is hoping to connect with and bring art closer to the residents of the city.
The murals will be painted by national and international artists, including Michel Velt and Tito Mulk. The project, created in synergy with Writer’s Block Foundation, is part of the JR: Chronicles exhibition currently in display at the museum.
The artists are going to incorporate elements and ideas from the three neighborhoods into the artwork. Michel Velt, for example, will paint two portraits inspired by conversations with residents from Beijum, while the artists working in Paddepoel will keep constant contact with residents during their work and will incorporate their input into the mural.
At the moment, the museum has not yet announced the name of the artist assigned to work in Vinkhuizen.
On Friday April 15th, Michel Velt started working in Beijum on the Stoepemaheerd and will be there until April 22nd. Velt specializes in portrait murals, and his work can be found in Groningen, but also in other Dutch cities and abroad. Velt has already worked in Beijum, where he painted three large murals with animal figures in the shopping center.
Tito Mulk, a French duo from Paris, will be working in Paddepoel in Antaresstraat from May 9th to 22nd. The two artists often get inspiration from comic strips, filling their murals with superheroes, and their work is always distinctively rich in details. While Tito Mulk have travelled the world widely, this will be their first time working in the Netherlands.
The murals are one of the ways the Groninger Museum hopes to encourage residents to enjoy art in their own city. In addition, Groningers will be able to visit the museum for free on April 23rd.