Who said that art had to be confined to museums and galleries? Certainly not the association M.U.R which has decided to promote contemporary art out in the street using a wall that has been taken over on a permanent basis by urban artists. A lesson in how art integrates our daily life.
Modulable, Urbain and Réactif (Modular, Urban and Reactive) – this is what the acronym M.U.R stands for. Above all it is the incarnation of the values of this project that seeks to promote contemporary art, and particularly urban art. Founded in 2003 by the artist Jean Faucheur, the association offers artists the opportunity to take over a 3m x 8m panel that is located at the corner of Rue Saint Maur and Rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement in Paris for a certain period of time. Each artist chooses his or her mode of expression with a creation made in-studio or live, performance-style using such varied techniques as acrylic paint, aerosol spray or collage. At the end of the exhibition period, a new artist takes over and covers up the previous work.
A permanent exhibition
The M.U.R acts like an open-air museum with a permanent exhibition that varies regularly. Some real surprises are in store for you when you visit the area. If you cannot make the trip in person, you can discover all of the creations and the artists in the association’s virtual gallery. In total, there have already been 200 creations by recognised artists including Jérôme Mesnager, Ben, Pierre Huyghe and Miss Tic, along with emerging artists like Mademoiselle Maurice, Vinie… The forthcoming performances are announced on the website so that you can attend the installation of the new works. Why not take a look? You can also meet the artists! 107 rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris www.lemur.fr
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