April 01, 2009

International Graffiti Museum (IGM)

The International Graffiti Museum (IGM) is dedicated to the study of urban signs.

> MUSEUM The International Graffiti Museum is a museum within the frame of the first Museum of the history, The Mouseion, built by Ptolemy Soter the 1st. The Mouseion was a meeting place for scientists that wanted to study and to regroup works of art. The International Graffiti Museum does not have any permanent building. It operates temporarily in every place where it exhibits itself. Its goal is neither to classify nor to conserve objects. It does not organize nor represent a collective memory. This museum studies a delimited category of human productions, with the only purpose of producing other objects. It is a factory-museum, that only collects and documents its own productions. The International Graffiti Museum is not an object’s theatre but a production machine.

> GRAFFITI The graffiti is the delimited category of human productions studied by the International Graffiti Museum. The term graffiti comes from three words, the Latin noun graphium, that means “dagger”, the Italian verb graffiare, “to scratch” and the Greek adjective graphikos, “related to the action of writing or painting”. The International Graffiti Museum identifies graffiti experiences through history to interpret them. In its researches, the International Graffiti Museum considers as graffiti every marks of passage, private or not, individual or not, esthetical or not, informative or not, communicating or not.

> INTERNATIONAL What happens, what takes place between the nations. That concerns the relation between the nations. The graffiti as an international way of expression, in any place. The graffiti as an international way of communication, at any moment.