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, screen prints a go-go
Installation art by Sambre & Loic (Le MUR XIII), & Teurk (concrete block)
Teurk /Valentin (left), creating art magnetically
Artwork by Le Module de Zeer
Jana und JS
Artwork by Dominque Larrivaz
Artwork by Jérôme Mesnager (and in person top right!)
Artwork by Tanc
Paella Chimicos (left) & Alternative Paris, Contributing Editor, Fernanda Hinke (right)
Cash cow by Kashink
Artwork by Nice Art (left)
Personal pieces of artwork created live for the public by various artists including Thomas Scmitt (middle) JS (Jana und JS) (right)
Artwork by GÖLA HUNDUN
Artwork by Rero
Paella Chimicos (left)
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:
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)