Graffiti artists are not only rebels or vandals who dirty our cities. Now, most of them paint on request and decorate walls or main doors with the agreement of their owners.
Thus, some of the graffiti artists who have left their legacy painted on walls of cities like New York, Barcelona and Sao Paulo, using pseudonyms as Banksy, Space Invader and Obey, are now together in an exhibition in the Museum de la Poste in Paris.
Paris had already specialized galleries for graffiti artists like WallWorks, Itinerrance o Ligne 13. Now, the Museum de la Poste shows 70 graffiti works in an exhibition titled Au-delà du Street Art (Beyond Street Art). You can see it until next March 30.
Celine Neveux, curator of the exhibition, has written in the catalogue: “Submitted to the risks of the road, the weather and the erosion of time, the ‘Street Art’ is now part of the history and moves from the streets to the institutions.”
This is true, because a lot of the graffiti artists in the show sell their works at high prices to very established people. For example, in the office of the president of the French employers, Laurence Parisot, highlights a work by the American artist, Quick.
Damien Hirst, of course, has several works by Banksy in his private collection and Hollywood rewarded in 2011 the documentary Banksy Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Definitely, a different exhibition to discover the evolution of this urban art. Following the historical movement in France from the works of the pioneers, including Ernest Pignon- Ernest and Gerard Zlotykamien – to the creations of Banksy, C215, Dran, Invader, The Atlas, Ludo, Miss. Tic Rero, Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Vhils.
If you have the chance, don’t miss this event!
Musée de la Poste 34 boulevard de Vaugirard 75015 PARIS