To be inaugurated in May, France’s first center for street art and graffiti, and the world’s first floating museum, will open its doors in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine River, at the foot of the Pont des Invalides (the Invalides Bridge), facing the Grand Palais, forbes.com reported.
The museum will be “at the same time a place of creation, experimentation and exchange,” according to the center’s website.
“Everything about urban art in its most open definition, from street art to contemporary art and with an offer of cultural events, exhibitions (at least three per year), workshops, a library and a rooftop bar with a direct view on the Grand Palais.”
Free and open all year, the floating art center will bring together street artists from all backgrounds, including young newcomers, historical pioneers and world-famous contemporary masters.
French and international artists from the urban scene will have carte blanche to create works in situ in the entirety of Fluctuart spaces, explained Nicolas Laugero Laserre, artistic director, an expert in urban art and one of the founders of the project.
“Paris is the world’s capital for urban art,” he said. “Here, Shepard Fairey performs his biggest works and Banksy is never far either. The number of artists, projects, auctions and specialized galleries in Paris is truly unique. We believe in the idea of art for all. The quest for an art accessible to all is inscribed in the movement’s DNA, with committed artists who are in tune with their times.”
The first traveling exhibition is dedicated to the work of urban artist Swoon.
Fluctuart, winner of the 2017 ‘Réinventer la Seine’ (Reinvent the Seine), a call by Paris officials for projects aimed at revitalizing the Seine River, was planned by the architecture firm Seine Design and built in less than two years in Dieppe.
It was designed to correspond to the image of the artists that will be shown there: “Creative, open to the world, engaged and in its time,” according to the architect Gerard Ronzatti. “Fluctuart is above all a place in perpetual movement that is both artistic and festive, between discoveries and encounters.”
Fluctuart will offer a permanent collection of urban works by major French and international artists, while regularly hosting temporary exhibitions by prestigious names and occasional artists in residence “so that the place becomes the new, unmissable place of urban art.”
Drinks, food, concerts and space for trendy parties surrounded by frescoes and art works by the greatest artists are planned for the upper terrace with panoramic views. This rooftop, covered by a marquise, will be open all year, adding a new, festive meeting place to the banks of the river.
Fluctuart will also offer a brunch service in the middle of the permanent exhibition and a space for children with workshops and childcare services.
The ‘Reinvent the Seine’ plan is launching 40 projects along the banks of the Seine and its canals and includes Rouen, in Normandy, and Le Havre.