Until March 19 Milan's Triennale art center will be a must-visit for contemporary art aficionados because of “Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture,” a cross-art exhibition dedicated to street artists from different underground scenes such as skateboarding, graffiti, punk and hip-hop.

The exhibition, which opened on February 17 in the middle of Milan Fashion Week, presents 30 art pieces from disciplines such as painting, sculpture, design, photography, film and video performance created by both established artists and upcoming ones. Some of the masterpieces presented are projects by Jean- Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, along with paintings, drawings and photographs by Henry Chalfant, Larry Clark, Futura, Keith Haring, Ari Marcopolous, Pushead and Craig Steyck.

A matching soundtrack, video and movies complete the show, alongside memorable vinyl record covers, sneakers, prints, skateboards, toys and fanzines.

The exhibition was presented for the first time in 2004 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is also one of the show’s organizers together with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts of San Francisco. In 2006 the exhibition will tour throughout Europe and from 2007 on will move to Asia and Australia.

The Milan exhibition was made possible thanks to Nike (also partner for the whole European tour), Slam Jam and SINV with addition support provided by Stüssy, Carhartt, Work in Progress and Damiani. For additional information on the show, see triennale.it or beautifullosers.it

— Maria Cristina Pavarini