Urban conquest

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What is Street Art ? Come to the Musée des Beaux Arts in Calais from April 6th to November 3rd, 2019 to discover it !

Calais in street art mode !

For the first time in a Fine Arts Museum, an exhibition celebrates street art !

Since the 6th April, the Fine Arts Museum in Calais is the first to devote a whole exhibition to the history of this artistic movement which started underground and totally against the law. “Urban conquest” goes back to its origins, from the precursors in the 1960’s to the great contemporary anti-establishment protesters like Banksy and Obey. Sixty works grouped together in one place can thus be admired until the beginning of November.

Street Art has its roots in mural art, which has been present in towns and cities for over a century, ranging from Mexican works after the revolution in 1910 to Soviet propaganda in Russia at the same epoch. However, it was not until the 1960’s that a real artistic movement taking urban space into account was born, first of all in the United States and then in Europe. The impulse of this movement then spread throughout the world.

Exhibition from 6 April to 3 November 2019

Fine Arts Museum, 25 rue Richelieu - 62100 Calais.Tel : +33 (0)3 21 46 48 40. Open daily (except on Mondays) from 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm. Closed Sunday morning and Bank Holidays.

Numerous events related to the exhibition, including workshops, conferences and festive evening entertainment.

Artists presented :

Alëxone / Anders Gjennestad / Astro / Aurel Rubbish / Bando / Banksy / Blek le Rat / Bordalo II / C215 / Cleon Peterson/ Clet / C)onor Harrington / Cope2 / Cornbread / Crash/ Dondi White / Dran / eL Seed / Ernest Pignon-Ernest / Faith 47/ Fenx / Fintan Magee / Futura 2000 / Gérard Zlotykamien / Herakut / Honet / Icy & Sot / Invader / Isaac Cordal / Jace / Jacques Villeglé / Jean Faucheur / Jef Aérosol / Jérôme Mesnager / JonOne / Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada / JR / Katre / Keith Haring / Levalet / MadC / Mademoiselle Maurice / Mark Jenkins / Miss Tic / Miss Van / Mode2 / Os Gemeos / Phase 2 / Rammellzee / Rero / Roa / Romain Froquet / Seen / Shepard Fairey / Speedy Graphito / Sten Lex / Taki183 / Vermibus / Vhils / Zevs

Mathilde and Gautier Jourdain, who founded the urban art gallery Mathgoth (13th arrondissement in Paris) are curators of the exhibition, together with the Fine Arts Museum in Calais. A catalogue of the exhibition will be published by Liénart.