French artist JR is amongst a handful of artists who combine art and engaged actions through large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos, using the streetscape as his canvas and his inspiration, which he claims as the largest art gallery in the world.
JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings and slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. He remains anonymous and doesn't explain his work, allowing the subjects, protagonists, spectators and passers-by to raise their own questions.
JR – Retrospective features some of the key series that have made the artist famous around the world as well as a video lounge where selected video works can be viewed.
Born in France in 1983, JR is based in Paris and New York. Beginning his artistic career at the age of 17, JR joined the Galerie Perrotin in 2011. Since then, JR creates monumental photographs that he pastes around the world, infiltrating in urban life anonymous portraits, witnesses of the present and the past. He received the TED Prize in 2011 that offered him to make a “wish to change the world”.
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