Spotting Street Art in Paris

June 11, 2013 MuseumChick

 

Street art is especially valuable because it exposes non-museum dwellers to the benefits and expressionism of art. The year that I lived in Paris was beneficial for having that extra time to be able see areas of the city known for their street art and explore places that I wouldn’t if on a shorter vacation. It’s not too difficult to find art on the streets and Paris is a city that never fails to inspire artists all over the world. Here are some of my favorite:

110 Rue Jeanne d’Arc

Parisians take street art seriously. This is why tourists can find bits and pieces of magnificent art work in different parts of the city. The most notable street art here are the ones by duo Jana & Js. Five story high apartments buildings are the “canvas” for Jana & Js realistic stencil technique that depicts people doing activities such as taking pictures and laying in crouched positions in nooks on the building.

Corner of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint-Maur, 11e Arrondissement

On the corner of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint-Maur, 11e Arrondissement, art lovers will find works by artists from different walks of life. These paintings exude the Parisian’s love for eclectic art. Here you can find realist stencil art, pop art and graffiti art.

Around the 6th Arrondissement

My personal favorite Parisian street artist, and considered one of the first, the stencil graffiti artist, Blek le Rat can be seen on many of the street corners in the 6th and 5th Arrondissement. Last time, I was in Paris I also spotted this Salvador Dali Sundial next to a bagel cafe.

Point Ephémère

Located at the 10th Arrondissement in Paris, Point Ephémère has become a center for local music and arts. Artists from different genres showcase their craft here. It’s also a venue for concerts, art exhibitions, and various shows.

Restaurants

I have impressed myself with actually being able to pick ONE favorite restaurant out of all the great places I ate in Paris. My favorite is Le Petit Cler on Rue Cler in the 7th Arrondissement for its charm, great prices and my favorite gazpacho.

 

Street Art Paris 1

Leo & Pipo Street Art in Paris

Street Art Paris

Space Invader in Paris

 

Salvador Dali Sundial in Paris

 

The Mammoth Book of Street Art

The Mammoth Book of Street Art

The Mammoth Book of Street Art

Blek le Rat featured in the Mammoth Book of Street Art

 

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  1. Nice art hehehe love it

  2. Interesting post! I spent a lot of time walking through the streets in Paris last fall and was surprised at how little street art I was able to find. Next time I will know where to look! :)
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    • MuseumChick 12.22.2013

      Hi Lina- I suppose they keep it in certain areas. I found the 6th and 5th had some and then the outer districts. I love the street art there! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Bradley Cox 07.9.2013

    From five-storey-high portraits to building-wide political slogans, the giant murals that decorate the walls of the unpreposessing apartment blocks in Paris’s 13th arrondissement are quite literally unmissable for anyone passing through the neighbourhood. The product of a collaboration between the local council and a gallery called Galerie Itinerrance, they represent the work of some of the world’s finest street art practitioners.
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  4. Carey I. Mcleod 07.2.2013

    Of course, street art work in the 13th arrondissement goes further these three artists. This neighborhood offers a diversity of styles, technics and approaches that can be seen in our Butte-aux-cailles tour .

  5. You can tell a lot about the character of a city by looking at its street art. It’s a shame that some cities brand it as unwanted rather than embracing it, because as you mentioned, street art brings art to the people. Those who wouldn’t normally take time out of their day to visit a museum can instead pass it by on their way to work. Visitors to the city can get an immediate sense of the political and philosophical underpinnings of a neighborhood just by driving by.
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    • MuseumChick 07.10.2013

      Hi Dylan- I agree, I think as long as it’s not defacing anyones private property then it’s a colorful way to decorate a city! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Tina T. Hancock 06.20.2013

    Of course, street art work in the 13th arrondissement goes further these three artists. This neighborhood offers a diversity of styles, technics and approaches that can be seen in our Butte-aux-cailles tour .

  7. Andi 06.11.2013

    I’m such a huge fan of street art!

    • MuseumChick 06.12.2013

      Hi Andi, Me too! its been a growing addiction of mine!

    • Monica 11.26.2013

      I used to improve my photography skills there :)
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      • MuseumChick 12.22.2013

        Hi Monica- Such a perfect place to do that! Everywhere is a postcard shot!