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Until 17th October 2015 at Galerie Perrotin
Once again, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin has chosen to unveil the much awaited exhibition of French artist JR to the sound of music. After Massive Attack, in 2011, it was the turn of rapper Mos Def to introduce, during the opening of the exhibition:DECADE. Portrait of a generation, the work of the 32 year-old French artist, known for his XXL photographic portraits, pasted on walls of cities around the world. A strong argument!
But let’s get inside the rue de Turenne mansion to immerse ourselves in the distinctive universe of the 2011 Ted Prize winner who wishes to “use art to transform the world.” His 5th exhibition at Galerie Perrotin is an opportunity for JR to revisit the last ten years of his artistic career.
From the first room on, the projections onto the ground immerse us in the cité des Bosquets, Clichy-Montfermeil, a Parisian district where JR grew up. This first work evokes the 2005 urban riots which were much discussed and whose images have been shown around the world.
This unrest spreading out of Parisian suburbs is also the subject of a 17 minute film produced and directed by JR, ten years after the events. The fiction inspired by real events is the result of a fruitful collaboration between dancer Lil ‘Buck, classical dancer Lauren Lovette and the dancers of the Paris National Opera (in a choreography created for the New York City ballet, NYCB).
The dance creates a link between the different themes recurring in the artist’s career, a poetic way to denounce while calming the consciences.
This great project, whose soundtrack is signed by Woodkid and Pharrel Williams, is presented in a loop in rue Saint-Claude’s gallery space as well as in Espace 93, in Clichy-sous-Bois on Wednesdays and Fridays of September.
The Ballet of the National Opera of Paris and the dancers of NYCB are also present on the recent photographic production of JR and on his ink wood works visible across the exhibition.
An exhibition, a film and also a book … Indeed, a monograph titled: JR: L’ART PEUT-IL CHANGER LE MONDE ? (JR: Can art change the world?) has recently been published by Phaidon press. The monograph is accompanied by a graphic novel by Joseph Remnant and a text by Nato Thompson, and is available at Galerie Perrotin’s book shop.
Bringing together art and life, a bet once again managed successfully by JR!
Address : 76, rue de Turenne, 75003 PARIS & 10 impasse Saint Claude, 75003 Paris (metro Saint-Sebastien – Froissart, line 8)
Opening times : Tuesdays to Saturdays 11h – 19h