Discover the street art in the Marais
A district of artists and designers, and home to numerous workshops and studios, the Marais is also an open-air exhibition space for street artists. Collages, paintings and even sculptures, LE BHV MARAIS takes you on a guided tour.
For many, the Marais district is the standard bearer for a tolerant Paris, a city based on respect, a district where many different communities live together, all contributing jointly to its culture and traditions. It comes as no surprise then, that this area is also the favourite spot of many artists. Whilst some choose to exhibit their work in galleries, others have decided to make the street their playing field. So, the area’s street-artists have taken over a space that is now home to collages and other installations, most of which are destined to disappear over the course of time.
But although the works themselves may change, the places stay the same. Igor Stravinsky square, just a stone’s throw from the Pompidou Centre, is a perfect example of this. The walls surrounding the square host several works, like the piece by Jef Aérosol, spanning 350m2, and depicting a man a finger to his lips. And though paintings and collages may well be the artists’ preferred means of expression, there are also some reliefs to be discovered along your art tour. A painted face and an old bicycle frame are sure to surprise any inquisitive wanderer.
The coloured birds of the Birdy Kids art collective await as you round the bend of one of the streets. Another iconic street art animal, is the aptly named cat, “Mr Chat”, perched and ready to greet you as the shutters fall on LE BHV MARAIS HOMME. His presence is only normal since LE BHV MARAIS is a huge fan of urban art! In fact, the Observatory on the store’s 5th floor held a street-art exhibition in 2014 where JeanJerome, Mosko&Co, Jérôme Mesnager and Anis all took over the area for several weeks!