“URBAN ART IN PUBLIC SPACES”.
For its first exhibition, “Urban Art in Public Spaces”, the city of Versailles and their fine arts school offered Quai 36 carte blanche. The exhibition was presented during the Night of Creation, part of the yearly Parisian art event, Nuit Blanche.
Presenting a retrospective of the history of Quai 36, the exhibition explored the multiple techniques and mediums which constitute urban art. The Quai 36 adventure began in 2015 with an artistic residency located in the heart of Gare du Nord, the most frequented station in all of Europe. Multiple operations followed in stations all across the Parisian region, at the building sites of urban planning projects, or as part of requests for innovative urban projects like the “Inventing the Metropolis of Greater Paris”. The exhibition revisited these high points with a series of photographs.
Certain projects gave us the opportunity to welcome artists of international acclaim, present for the first time on French territory, like the Romanian artist Saddo in Gennevilliers, or the Spanish duo PichiAvo in Poissy. In direct response to this photographic retrospective, several artworks from Antoine Bertrand, Artiste Ouvrier, Bebar, CyKlop, Gilbert Mazout, Phil Ramuz, GoddoG, Gregos, Jaw, Kashink, Kendo, Levalet, Opéra, Polar, Waone and Fikos were presented and specifically created for this occasion. The main objective of the exhibition was to discover the different forms of artistic expression, which attest to the multidisciplinary approach of urban art whose techniques and tools are shape shifting.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to the city of Versailles and the School of Fine Arts in Versailles for their confidence, and giving us the creative freedom to organize our exhibition. A special thanks to François de Mazières, Jean-Marie Guinebert, Mickael Faure, Thibaud Meurillon, Delphine Malvaldi, Laetitia Soulier and Luca Ramacciotti.
We thank our creative studio Les Zinc.
We thank our photographers and videographers: Maïto Prod, Bertrand Vacarisas, Stéphane Vignal, David Paquin, Clothilde Penet, Thomas Siemeniec, the City of Paris, and the Institute of Islamic Cultures.
We thank our Nexity Greater Paris partner and its General Manager Stéphane Pons who made it possible to create the fresco by artists Waone and Fikos, located at the exit of the Versailles Chantiers station, as well as our partners: Bouygues Construction, SNCF Gares & Connexions, Legendre, Nexity.
"Art in Public Spaces" - October 6th - November 17th 2018. Located in the gallery of the School of Fine Arts, Versailles.
Photos credits: Morgane Launay