Le M.U.R de L’ART, a three day affair, an exhibition of work by 50 urban artists, with ongoing workshops and performances, is being organised by the association of Le M.U.R., a non-profit artistic collective which has become a reference within the street art world, and a reiteration of an event attended by more than 15,000 people in 2010.
Between the 8th and 11th of November the world renowned art project, which revolves around a former advertising billboard set aside for the purpose of promoting street art in Paris’ 11th arrondissment, is holding this unusual indoors exhibition.
The opening takes place on Wednesday 7th November at 6pm. There will be workshops, performances and creations by 50 urban artists at the l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, a beautiful 900m2 historic 15th Century space in the Le Marais district in Paris’ third arrondissment.
Mur being the French word for ‘wall’, the association heads up the institutionalised space for urban art (sounds terrible, yes) born from Paris’ free expressionists, illegal street artists, high-minded individuals, often against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers, and who have spent their artistic careers hijacking these spaces with artworks.
Thomas Schmitt and Jean Faucheur were the two founders of Le M.U.R., but the co-collaborators in Paris’ billboard takeover scene of the past decade run into the dozens. For example, in 2002 an orchestrated campaign of illegal billboard hijacking took place, Une Nuit, where around 60 billboard-sized artworks were prepared by around 60 artists in an art squat in Paris over three months, and pasted up just around the eleventh arrondissment (the home of Le M.U.R.) in one night (and a day).
The above campaign was the preamble to the creation of the association, which now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris (Paris Townhall). Each artist who is invited to ‘make’ Le M.U.R. is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and every two weeks a new artwork replaces the previous, thus perpetuating the principle of ephemeral street art. The Le M.U.R de L’ART exhibition fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists
As well as promoting the artists, all fifty of whom have previously made Le M.U.R., however, the event will also raise funds for the association. Since Le M.U.R. was formalised in 2007 more than 120 artists have been invited to the wall, and in 2012 the initiative broke out of its original frame. Le M.U.R in the 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic stance towards urban art – see our coverage on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth of these open-air museums was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.
The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition
Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden. The three day exhibition will include the following activities:
1. All 50 artists will have access to the space to lead their workshops
(canvas, performances, installations…)
2. Presentation of the unique “400 ML Project” under the supervision of artist Gautier Jourdain, 400 cans of paint customised by 400 international artists over the last two years.
3. Musical performances on site at all times, orchestrated by VOODOÖO
4. Every day, four 20x8ft canvases will be created and displayed at the entrance of l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux
5. An outside wall of the building will be open for creation, thanks to the support of the Mairie du IV (Townhall of the third arrondissment)
6. An opening night will take place on the evening of Nov. 7th, open to all, at l’Espace des Blancs Manteaux. And an after party at Le Scop Club, 5 avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris. The line up includes Voodoöo, Tanc, RCF1 and many more…
Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:
Opening: Wednesday 7th November 2012, from 6pm.
Private view with the artists reserved for journalists, November 7th from 3pm to 5pm
Address: Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux
48 rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris
Metro : Saint Paul / Hôtel de Ville
Le M.U.R. located, 8 rue général Renault, 75011 Paris
Président : Bob Jeudy
Press contact: Amandine Radigue (tel: + 33 (0)67 4311 170)