59 Rivoli: art in the city
An island of originality in a museum capital. This is how 59 Rivoli claims to be. Initially an artists’ squat, this atypical place is today a conventional space for creation and exhibition. A place like no other. And that’s why it deserves the detour.
After the parenthesis of the confinement, the rue de Rivoli found its shops, its passers-by, its animation. Historic artery, shopping temple and tourist centre, it is a must for Parisians and visitors alike.
If you’re staying in Paris this July, you’re sure to pass through Rue de Rivoli. At no. 59, a gigantic Haussmann-style façade catches your eye. Its decor is a clear contrast to the monotony of the street. It was designed by the artists in residence who occupy the building. And it is regularly renewed to the delight of passers-by.
Behind this façade is one of the oldest alternative places in Paris. The original squat, legalized in 2009, has become a conventional artistic pole but remains definitely singular. And it is paying off. 59 Rivoli is nowadays the third Parisian centre for the diffusion of contemporary art behind the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume national gallery.
This “factory of possibilities” hosts about thirty artists in residence. They have a workshop where they create and receive the public. Access is free and they are waiting for you!
Here you enter a laboratory of creation and experimentation where all artistic disciplines meet. This inevitably gives rise to many initiatives and events. Everything is always completely free of charge in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible.
In July, discover the alternative Paris and book your room at the Palym hotel.
Photo credit: © Kopeikin