The street artist JR invests the Louvre
Invited by the “greatest museum in the world" as part of an ephemeral exhibition from 25th May to 28th June 2016, JR had his heart set on a surprising transformation of one of the museum’s symbols: The Louvre Pyramid.
For the last decade, the artist’s pieces have been exported worldwide – from Kenya to New York, from Paris to Hong Kong and Rio’s favelas.
French street artist and black and white photos enthusiast, JR freely exposes his work in the public space, the biggest gallery in the world. Today, his gigantic collages thrive on the walls of the largest cities in the world.
His art deals with identity and liberty. He declares: “What matters most is where I place my pictures and the meaning they take depending on the place.”
After tackling several historical monuments such as the Panthéon and the French national assembly, JR now has now taken over the Louvre’s Pyramid and has subjected it to a surprising anamorphosis.
From 25th May, the Pyramid has been covered with a giant collage that creates the optical illusion that it has disappeared.
On 28th May, JR will be at the Louvre for a collaborative masterclass with the public, aiming to make his art accessible to most and presenting his creative process. The Louvre’s auditorium will welcome a screening, with several conferences and a creative workshop.