Interview with James Brett founder of The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything, presented in Paris by Chalet Society, led by former director and chief curator of Palais de Tokyo, Marc-Oliver Wahler is a collection of artworks by those untouched by artistic culture, work by men and women who function without art education, theory or society. We have interviewed the founder of the exhibition, James Brett.

The show consists of work by those who for various reasons exist, or at least produce artwork, outside of the mainstream culture, unconcerned in their creativity with worries of competition, acclaim or social promotion; for whom the act of creation and the impulse to make depend neither on destination nor on definition.

Founded by Britisher, James Brett, the 500 works span the 19th, 20th and 21st century, and highlights include the panoramic adult fairytale of Chicago janitor Henry Darger, the towering spirit scrolls of Chinese factory worker Guo Fengyi, the mystic constructions of French miniature architect ACM, and the dense tramways of Dutch self-appointed naive Willem van Genk.

The Museum of Everything was established by James Brett in 2009 in an old dairy in Primrose Hill, north-west London, and has since travelled the world. The show is in Paris until Christmas before heading to Moscow.

In the interview, Brett explains a little on how one determines outsider-ness, how the exhibition ended up in Paris, and why Banksy’s former gallerist, Steve Lazarides is the King of Outsiders.

Henry Darger - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (3)

Portrait of a Girl Scout by reclusive American self-taught artist, Henry Darger. Photo: © The Museum of Everything

Josef Karl Rädler - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (9)

Portrait by Austrian porcelain painter and psychiatric patient, Josef Karl Rädler. Photo: © The Museum of Everything

Henry Darger - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (6)

 Double-sided panoramic episode by reclusive American self-taught artist, Henry Darger. Photo: © The Museum of Everything

Henry Darger - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (7)

  Double-sided panoramic episode by reclusive American self-taught artist, Henry DargerPhoto: © The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (11)

The Woodbridge Figures. Photo: Pavlos Metaxas. © The Museum of Everything

Prophet Royal Robertson - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (8)

Environmental sign by Prophet Royal Robertson.  Royal Robertson created countless drawings of aliens, buildings, women and calendars, as well as signs directed against his former wife. Photo: © The Museum of Everything

Justin McCarthy - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (15)

 Portrait of ice skater, Hans Leitner, by Justin McCarthy.  The prolific McCarthy is considered an important and enigmatic Southern American self-taught painterPhoto: © The Museum of EverythingAleksander Pavlovich Lobanov - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (16)

Hunting scene by Aleksander Pavlovich Lobanov.  A Russian deaf-mute confined to an institution for 50 years, Lobanov created a vast body of work, including drawings and paintings which featured him as a gun-toting hero of the revolution. Photo: © The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything artworks are by contemporary and historic self-taught, visionary and non-traditional artists, often termed outsider artists. Tell us a little bit about how you came to be involved with the Museum.

The Museum of Everything started because it had to. No other British art institution dedicated itself to creators whose creations had no perceived destination. When museums did present this work, they relied on labels and categories – like outsider art and art brut – to design a distance. The art was often abstracted or neutralised, the artists presented as others, rather than as aspects of us.

These segregations seemed more than a little inappropriate. So our first exhibition curated over 100 artists in a ramshackle former dairy in London. We invited all the contemporary artists, curators and thinkers we knew to choose their favourites and verbalise their choices. The result was an informal and alternative history which seemed to touch and inspire a wide-ranging audience.

Their enthusiasm inspired us, so we carried on. Hence, three years, a bunch of shows across Europe, movies, books and a vast obsessive creative mess.

Are there really any outsiders anymore? And if so, outside what?

Most people think of themselves as outsiders, most creative characters do anyway. It’s the romance of difference and counter-culture. Add the word art and we tend to project: to the isolated hermit carving masterpieces in his cave. So on that level the implication is correct. Today there are less caves, less hermits.

Yet it’s one thing to label oneself an outsider, another to have the label stuck on you. A person who cannot see or hear can be called an outsider from a physiological or psychological point of view. But what if it was your child and what if it was you?

Questions of outsiderness are all a bit irrelevant. This person is like us, he or she is us, different to some, similar to others, a varied variable human being whose art might speak to us even when he or she cannot. We don’t really need a word to find our empathy. If anything, the definition is more likely to encourage the opposite. That’s why The Museum of Everything always has an eye on its tongue.

No inside, no outside, no walls.

WILLIAM HAWKINS - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (2)

King Kong by William Hawkins.  Hawkins is one of the most reknowned and sought-after self taught African-American painters.  Photo: © The Museum of Everything

Dan Miller - The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (14)

Environmental sign by landowner, GT Miller.  Photo © The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (17)

Anonymous working model of funfair ride.  Photo: Pavlos Metaxas  © The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (13)

William Hawkins installation shot at Exhibition #1.1 in Paris.  Photo: Pavlos Metaxas © The Museum of Everything

The exhibition is installed in an ephemeral space, an ex-Catholic school in St Germain, and includes 500 works: private drawings, signs and carvings, hand-made books, discovered bodies of work and environmental installations. How did the venue reveal itself to you?

The venue appeared courtesy of a tall Swiss gentleman called Marc-Olivier Wahler, the esteemed former director of Palais du Tokyo.  We knew each other, were mutual fans and shared a cup of mint tea in North Africa.

There in the heat, Wahler revealed his new art space - Chalet Society - an anti-museum centred around radical philosophies of creativity. The chosen building was a monument trapped in time. Thin and decrepit, it had once been home to the city’s Catholic students, where a printing press pumped out propaganda inside rooms painted in more colours than a Parisian rainbow.

We fell in love immediately, changed nothing and we started to hang pictures and place objects. As we did, the structure spoke to us, told us what it wanted and where it wanted it to go. We just got on with it.

The exhibition also incorporates essays by leading artists, curators, writers and thinkers, including David Byrne, Ed Ruscha, and Marlene Dumas. Can you tell us a little about the way the non-outsider art world views the Museum of Everything and outsider art in general?

It’s a good question, but what is the art world? Some know us, many more don’t, a lot turn up, the lucky few get it, museums ignore us, unless of course they don’t, free-thinking curators embrace us, traditionalists steer clear, collectors are intrigued, galleries flirt, auction houses don’t bother; we don’t merit the market.

But the contemporary creative communities are as fascinated as we are. Artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and writers connect with the authenticity of this work because it connects with their own creativity. Through their support, our ideas have reached out into the world, call it the art world if you must.

All we see is that our artists are turning up more and more, in major shows across Europe and America, in festivals, fairs and biennales. That seems to indicate some level of impact, although you can never really tell.

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (12)

Morton Bartlett installation shot at Exhibition #1.1 in Paris.  Photo: Pavlos Metaxas  © The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (10)

ACM installation shot at Exhibition #1.1 in Paris.  Photo: Pavlos Metaxas © The Museum of Everything

The Lazarides gallery in London calls the pieces it sells outsider art, partly because it is produced by artists who also make work outside, the website notes, tongue in cheek. The gallery most famously used to represent street artist, Banksy. Should artwork produced by this stable of commercial street artists share the outsider art label?

Steve Lazarides is the King of Outsiders, Banksy draws on walls, we knock them down. It’s all a question of taste and intention. But since hermits like cave walls, it would seem a little short-sighted to impose a world-wide ban.

What are your future goals with the exhibition Museum of Everything? And, do you have any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?

Right now we are sojourning in Paris, after that we trek to Moscow, for a final show of our Russian summer discoveries. Then who knows, the universe beckons and there are many tiny creative nooks. Sign up to our newsletter, when we get a moment, we’ll let you know.

The Museum of Everything by James Brett at Chalet Society by Marc-Oliver Wahler, former director of Palais de Tokyo (1)

Almighty God installation shot at Exhibition #1.1 in Paris.  Photo: Pavlos Metaxas © The Museum of Everything

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Chalet Society presents The Museum of Everything // Exhibition #1.1

14 boulevard Raspail, 75007 Paris

Wednesday to Sunday, from now until  end of February, 2013

 www.musevery.com

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Also, while you’re there you can check out Le Café d’Everything –  an exclusive coffee-counter and all-you-can-eaterie with bespoke delicacies from the animal and vegetable kingdoms, created by Momo and Derrière.

And, The Shop of Everything an award-winning boutique, with limited edition books, prints, clothes, homeware and knick-knackery to benefit The Museum of Everything and its artists.

The Shop of Everything can be found rive gauche at Chalet Society, 14 boulevard Raspail, Paris 75007, and rive droite at Merci, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003.

For the full range, go to www.shopevery.com.

 

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 4) FKDL & Göla Hundun interviews

The fourth and final day of the Paris salon to street art, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, and artist interviews with H1010, Mosko et associes, Jana und JS, Göla Hundun, No Rules Corp, Bustart, Beerens, Missy, Kashink, FKDL, Alber, Rensone, looking at the what the future of the street art movement holds in store, and live painting performances.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Just a note about the footage of the last few days:

It’s been of a commercial artwork exhibition by artists recognised for producing artwork in the streets for free. There is nothing wrong with selling artwork off of the back of a reputation built up in the streets, but the exhibition was nothing to do with street art. When an artist is speaking to people who may want to buy their work the element of generosity inherent in un-commissioned street art – produced as art, rather than as publicity – is removed

The exhibition was organised to raise funds for Le M.U.R., an important platform to promote street artists. The effect of being invited to make Le M.U.R. can be an increased public demand for artwork produced by the artist. All of the artists involved in this exhibition are a particular breed of street artist. Street art is not savvy to the art market, or at least it shouldn’t be in our opinion.

Every one of us must make money to live, and there is a very strong argument that street artists selling artwork to live is better for street art than them working in unrelated jobs that, perhaps, leave not enough time to spend making art.  But commerce degrades the legitimate intentions of unsanctioned street artwork and the last four days we’ve covered this commercial exhibition must be viewed only through these goggles.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art is not street art. Long live Le M.U.R. (and all the fantastic artists involved past, present and future).

Love, peace and prosperity!

 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary 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 wall 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.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles Devoyer, Richard Beban, Fernanda Hinke, Pali Meausault, Cecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 3) Alber & Macay interviews

Phew! Saturday and the third day of  Le M.U.R. de l’Art organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., happening in the trendy Le Marais district in Paris, where fashion meets art and falafel. Check out the below footage, including interviews and performances by Alber, Macay & No Rules Corp.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Home of orthodox jews and the biggest gay community in the French capital, Le Marais is also the stage for the infamous graffiti artist Kidult and many of his sharp sentences, written on the shop fronts of luxury fashion retailers, with a paint-filled fire extinguisher.

The show is, of course, a contrast, the contrast being that the show is inside, while street art is expected to be outside. An issue for street art universe, that we have been discussing with the artists during the event in our studio at Rue de Rosiers in Le Marais, for a documentary on street art on which we are working, currently.

During the event we could often see children delighting in watching artists using their spray cans – a generation that will grow up without any judgment or prejudice of this way of making art.

Today, Sunday the last day of the French salon for street-art. If you are in Paris don’t miss it!

Below, are some of the best moments of from yesterday at Le Mur de L’Art 2012: live performances, artists working and signing for fans in their booths, and some pictures of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary.

Kenor_Zosen_H101_Gola_Saturday Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 GÖLA HUNDUNPhoto: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

The-Room-Saturday Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-Three Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay mural. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Mural-One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Corp. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Corp-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Corp booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

JS-und-Jana Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

JS und Jana (Jana und JS) Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Chanoir-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Chanoir. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Volunteers_One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Team Le M.U.R. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Rensone-in-Rensone-and-Missy-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Ella-and-Pitr-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Ella & Pitr booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary 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 wall 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.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 2) Bustart & Zozen interviews

The second day of the grand Parisian street art exhibition, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., in Paris’ Le Marais district, and yet more footage of live art performances and interviews with some of the street art high society, including Rensone & Missy, Bustart, Zozen, Kenoir, H101 & GÖLA HUNDUN.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Three - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

YZ - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 YZ Yseult Digan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Woman-with-Kashink-Cow - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Woman with Kashink Cow. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching-Rensone-and-Missy-Work - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching Rensone and Missy work. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Thom-Thom-Photo-of-the-Day - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Thom Thom – Photo of the Day. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Surfil-Signs-for-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Surfil signs for a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Smoles-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Smoles booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO-Draws-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO draws a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading-the-Entrance-Wall - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading the entrance wall. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Corp - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 No Rules Corp. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko-Spying-on-Mesnager - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko spying on Mesnager. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy-of-Rensone-and-Missy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy of Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager Mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Le-Cyklop - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Cyklop. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka-with-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka with a Fan - Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan-Posing-for-SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan posing for SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering-Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering-Some-Mosko-Tigers - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering some Mosko Tigers. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile-Filming-Rensone-and-Missy - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile filming Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_One - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Best-Fashion-Look - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Best fashion look. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary 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 wall 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.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 1) Beerens & Kashink interviews

The film of art exhibition Le M.U.R. de l’Art in Paris’ Le Marais district  includes footage of live art performances by French street artists, Beerens and Kashink, and interviews on the current commercial trends in the street art movement.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R. - footage from day one of the ‘Paris Salon’ to street art – coverage and artist interviews by Alternative Paris.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Le M.U.R. de l'Art 2012 (Day 1) French street artists Beerens & Kashink. Photo: Richard Beban (Paris Play)

French street artist, Kashink, performance. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary 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 wall 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.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

————

Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Paris Salon of ‘street art’ opens in Le Marais

The vernissage of the Salon to French street art, Le MUR de l’Art, last night at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, and a shameless display of bobo-ism, as France’s hi-soc street art set set up shop in Paris’ fashionable Le Marais district.

Un-elitist by its nature – or so the tagline would go if there was one – art collectors, bloggers, posers, stoners, students, retirees, rich, poor, Yanks, Frogs, Roastbeefs, you name it, they all took advantage of the rum cocktails on offer at this ‘street art’ spectacle, which continues until Sunday evening in the third arrondissment, with funds raised going to the landmark Le M.U.R. project.

We, at Alternative Paris, are covering the entire four day event and interviewing the artists to try and find out some answers behind this burgeoning global street art movement. We’ll be publishing more on our intentions here on our website, but make sure to also follow our Contributing Editor, Fernanda Hinke’s website, My Life on My Bike.

Chanoir street artist - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Chanoir street artist, screen prints a go-go

Teurk, Sambre - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Installation art by Sambre & Loic (Le MUR XIII), & Teurk (concrete block)

Teurk - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Teurk /Valentin (left), creating art magnetically

Le Module de Zeer - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Le Module de Zeer

Jana und JS - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Jana und JS

Dominique Larrivaz - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Dominque Larrivaz

Jérôme Mesnager - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Jérôme Mesnager (and in person top right!)

Tanc - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Tanc

Paella Chimicos - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Paella Chimicos (left) & Alternative Paris, Contributing Editor, Fernanda Hinke (right)

Kashink cash cow - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Cash cow by Kashink

Nice Art - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Nice Art (left)

Thomas Scmitt (middle) JS (Jana und JS) (right) - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Personal pieces of artwork created live for the public by various artists including Thomas Scmitt (middle) JS (Jana und JS) (right)

GÖLA HUNDUN - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by GÖLA HUNDUN

Rero - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Rero

Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

 

Paella Chimicos - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

 Paella Chimicos (left)

Chanoir (right) - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith

Artwork by Chanoir (right)

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary 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 wall 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:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

——————————————————-

Facebook Event page

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

Contact

Le M.U.R. located, 8 rue général Renault, 75011 Paris

Président : Bob Jeudy

Press contact: Amandine Radigue (tel: + 33 (0)67 4311 170)

 

Le M.U.R de L’ART exhibition and performances by 50 urban artists

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.

Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux. Alternative Paris

 

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:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

——————————————————-

Facebook Event page

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

Contact

Le M.U.R. located, 8 rue général Renault, 75011 Paris

Président : Bob Jeudy

Press contact: Amandine Radigue (tel: + 33 (0)67 4311 170)

SMOLE makes Le M.U.R. & Gerard Zlotykamien show ends

French graffiti artist, SMOLE, working at Le M.U.R. last Thursday was an extremely pleasant way to witter away a part of the afternoon.

Heartily committed to the cause of this open-sky museum, come rain or shine, but this time relaxing in the sunshine on the terrace at the Cafe Place Verte, team Le M.U.R. watched on as SMOLE sprayed his way to become one of the more than 120 artists to have made Le M.U.R., which revolves around a former advertising billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art, since its inauguration in 2007.

SMOLE comes from Montpellier in the south of France and for the past 15 years has worked in the tradition of New York graffiti, an an avid painter of rolling stock, even serving time in prison for his favoured medium of artistic expression.

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (5)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

Meanwhile, as the sunshine pierced through plumes of spraypaint fumes emanating from SMOLE’s three by eight metre letters  being painted at the Parisian art project seventy-five year old street artist, Gerard Zlotykamien’s indoors exhibition organised by Galerie Mathgoth across the road on rue St Maur, wound down.

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (2)

Le MUR painted by French graffiti artist SMOLE - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (3)

Zlotykamien began painting in 1955 and met Yves Klein. His first street intervention dates from 1963. His drawings he believes evoke human shadows of the kind that were printed onto the walls after the Hiroshima explosion.

Gerard Zlotykamien inagurates Le MUR - 105 rue Oberkampf, 75011, Paris. Photo: Le MUR

 Le M.U.R. #1 made by Gerard Zlotykamien in 2007 at 105 rue Oberkampf. Photo: l’association Le M.U.R

Sten & Lex exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery

Sten & Lex opened their first solo exhibition last night at Paris’ most venerable street art dealership, the Magda Danysz Gallery. The produce by this duo from Rome and Taranto in Italy, is slick as expected, and with price tags to match.

Considered as the pioneers of urban stencil art in Italy, their work is a mixture of stencil and op art, formed from thousands of strips of paper which comprise portraits of people either photographed by the artists, found among family albums or merely anonymous people – these portraits we understand are in the latter category, photos from the 60s and 70s.

Prices were between €1,800 and €20,000.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (13)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (5)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (14)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (8)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (6)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Sten & Lex take impressionism as a starting reference in describing their works: “painting en plein air was particularly important to the impressionists,” said the artists in a statement about their work published on the Magda Danysz Gallery website. They added, however, that they are mainly influenced by silk-screen printing and pixel-based printing.

Earlier in the year Alternative Paris featured Sten & Lex when they made the prestigious Le M.U.R. (Association Le Modulable Urbain Reactif) in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, the Parisian art project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art. See their Le M.U.R. here.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (9)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Gallery owner, Magda Danysz, opened her first art space in 1991 and has published an extensive anthology about street art entitled From style writing to art. In addition to her career as an art dealer, she has pursued a consulting career working for the likes of French retail group Carrefour, and had appointments with the Ministry of Culture, Christie’s, the Theatre Marigny, the Nantes Museum, and the Louvre. Since 2001 she has also taught cultural policy and economics at Sciences Po in Paris.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (4)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (12)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (3)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (10)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (7)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (1)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (11)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (2)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

The show runs from 18 October, 2012 to 10 November, 2012
Magda Danysz Gallery – 78, rue Amelot, Paris 75011

Madame (Moustache) Paris exhibition vernissage

A vernissage-cum-soirée with Madame (Moustache) at clothing shop, d’Hotel Manufacture, last night and a meeting of two of Paris’ most talked about wheatpaste street artists.

Madame wears no moustache, rather, she is feminine and attractive in tight denim jeans. Fred le Chevalier, the first knight of Paris street art, a fan, was also on hand, giving support – both artists currently working hardest at decorating Paris’ public spaces.

The intent of these photos, taken by Richard Beban & Paris Play, is to honour Madame’s stylistic conceit for the black and white in her artwork. Some of the photos are by Guetteur Urbain.

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Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

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Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

The artworks on display: a mixture of collage and painting - Madame using posters with the addition of her distinctive moustachioed logo stenciled on afterwards using spray paint. Her street art uses the medium of the paste-up to its fullest effect.

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Madame exhibition Facebook page

d’Hotel Manufacture

56 rue Volta 75003 Paris

Métro Arts et Metiers/Temple

www.madamemoustache.fr