59 Rivoli – An Artistic Revolution

A liberal space where artists show their work and share their lives. This is the 59 Rivoli.

Located at the heart of Paris, a 6-storey building, with free entry that hosts 30 artists of different forms of artistic expression, cultural events and concerts on weekends.

The true democratization of art, 59 Rue de Rivolli is ranked the third in Paris to receive the highest number of visitors to contemporary art.

It all started with a simple formula: great intentions, will power and a lot of courage. That is what, in 1999, a trio of artists called the KGB (Kalex, Gaspard and Bruno) did when they occupied this building and called it “Chez Robert, Electron Libre”. In 2006 the building was purchased by the city hall, who renovated it during three years reopening its doors to art in 2009.

The studios are public spaces, where visitors experience the artists in creation.

The revolutionary mission of this community is to provide another connection, deeper between artist and audience, unlike the static and immobile system led by galleries.

A large spiral staircase with walls covered in graffiti leads to the sixth floor, where it is possible to feel the effervescence and naturalness of what art should be: True to the purest of intentions.

All pictures below by Maria Fernanda

Paris – NY – Rio

A new exhibition called “Dans les rues de Paris, New York, Rio” is running until February 25 at Galerie Brugier-Rigail with the artists Quik (NY), Parisians Miss. Tic, Pradel-Fraysse and Speed Graphito and the talented Brazilian Smael from Rio de Janeiro.

There, 50 signed serigraphs, numbered and made by the hands of the poetic artist Miss. Tic, are sold for 380 euros each. Worth to mention that lately her work has also been sold by major auction houses.

The work that drew my attention was of the Brazilian artist Smael who recently had a solo exhibition here in Paris with the mote of one of his passions,“Bicicletas”. One of those canvas can be appreciated at this exhibition. Isn’t it a sweet coincidence with this blog? Bikes and street art always turn to a magic combination.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

"Bicicletas" by Smael - Rio

Smael - Rio

Miss. Tic - Paris

Miss. Tic - Paris

Quik - NY

Quik - NY

Speedy Graphito - Paris

Speedy Graphito - Paris

Monjul – Inventive cuisine

Imagine to be surprised by one discrete restaurant on the heart of Paris. Inventive culinary presenting each plate as a masterpiece. This how Chef Agobert Juliano carefully creates at the restaurant Monjul on Le Marais.

With 19 years of experience in palaces, castles, small provinces and abroad, this audacious chef really knows about the French cooking.

With affordable prices (19 euros for appetizer + entree + dessert during lunch), the service was really nice on a pleasant  environment.

Be surprised experiencing the creative cuisine, true shapes, tastes and colors.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Onion pie, ratatouille, kalamata olives and endives

Chili corn "Nonjul"

Choux "pain perdu", english creme caramel and diced fruit

Jon Burgerman and his dainties

He is an urban artist, designer, illustrator and entrepreneur. His work can be  seen globally, from gallery and bedroom walls to cinema and iPhone screens. Jon Burgerman art is instantly recognizable, combining fluid and lyrical lines, with distorted character forms and radiant pop color schemes.

He also works along side with contemporary artists including Banksy, Damien Hirst, Vivienne Westwood and Gerald Scarfe. Burgerman was awarded on Cannes Lions Advertising and has collaborated with brands that include Pepsi, CocaCola, Nike, Sony, New Era, Sky, Kidrobot, Puma, Nintendo, MTV, Levis, 55DSL, Miss Sixty, AOL, Size and Rip Curl.

Wow!!! Yes, he is into a lot of things! I almost forgot to say that he is a musician too.

If you are currently in Paris, his work can be seen at Sergeant Paper Gallery until Febuary 25th, on an exhibition named “ Fast Food”.

Distributor, but also art editor, Sergeant Paper produced exclusively for “Fast Food” the silkscreen “Tricolore (Man, Pizza, cigarettes),” published in 40 copies.

At the gallery you can buy some dainties and products as a mugs, notebook cases and coloring books for children as their moto is “art for every budget”.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

24 Hours Museum by Prada

Exactly 24 hours, not a minute more, was what lasted the ephemeral “imaginary museum” by Prada, concept of the Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli, between January 24 and 25 at Palais d’Iena in Paris.

A worship to the eternal allure of femininity, the museum was divided in 3 sections, historic, contemporary and forgotten each one inspired by a particular museum decor.

In the main room, pink neon lights gave the impression of being in a huge metal cage. The effect was incredibly beautiful and modern.

Through interpretations of classical sculptures that make reference to contemporary divas, Francesco says that “They are my icons turned into sculptures and placed on marble pedestal “.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

A day full of art. I mean, different perspectives of arts

When I was riding on the way to my French class, I found one “graffiti” of the street artist Kidult , I didn’t have my camera in that moment, so I planed to came back later to register that manifest/protest.

My plan for the afternoon was to visit the so much criticized exhibition “ The Complete Spot Paintings” by Damien Hirst at the Gagosian Gallery and after to visit the Henri Cartie Bresson Foundation currently exhibiting – “HCB and Paul Strand Mexico 1932-1934”.

My day was really intriguing. First off all I registered the “graffiti” that the infamous Kidult did, before someone erase it. This is part of one protest that the artist has been doing vandalizing stores in Paris, in this case it was  just a normal writing on the wall, but Kidult have been leaving his “trademark” on some flagships as Collete, Hermes and Luis Vuitton.

My plan was interrupted by an unexpected rain, that resulted in a purchase of a book on the art of Rembrant for the bargain of 7 euros. When the rain stopped I continued riding my bike to  Gagosian Gallery to check on Damien Hirst’s exhibithion. Inside the gallery  it is forbidden to take pictures, but the one that I did on the Gagosian display was enough to represent the concept, which is simultaneously  happening on the eleven Gagosian galleries around the world , there are more then 300 frames with the same subject, on Hirst’s work since 1986. This exhibition prepares the public for a major retrospective about Hirst that will be held on Tate Modern soon this year.

Dimien Hirst is the wealthiest living artist and the most prominent member of the group YBA (Yong British Artist), death is one of his central themes.  For my luck I have some pictures of his work that I took last year in Brazil at the Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo.  These, in my opinion, justify the importance of Hirst’s work.

Dimien Hirst at Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo

Dimien Hirst at Biennial of Arts of Sao Paulo


























Leaving Gagosian Gallery and unlocking my bike across the street to follow straight to the HSB Foundation, I couldn’t ignore to view Gagosian Gallery and Christie’s auction house side by side  and make a picture. The gallery and one of the most important action houses in the world movement billons of dollars in art. Coincidently on the window of Christie’s there was one poster of one of Henri Cartier Bresson that was sold for 433.000 euros, a world record for photography.

I follow to HCBFoundation and found one charming atelier that was building in 1912 by Molinie. The building was named “La Maison des Artistes” and won the best Prize for architecture in 1913.

My passion for HCB started in 2008 when I came first time to Paris and spent a lot of time at “Ile de La Cite” (actually, my favorite place in Paris). After while I discovered the epic picture of HCB over the Seinne river.

Last year, I studied photojournalism in Canada and I did my conclusion work about his biography.

The exhibition “ HCB and Paul Strand Mexico 1932-1934” show some pictures when both were photographing in the same period in Mexico, but with different perspectives. The American’s immobility with Frenchman’s fluidity. I really recommend this exhibition that is being shown until April 22.

Henri Cartie Bresson

Henri Cartie Bresson

Paul Strand

Paul Strand





















After this delightful visit to HCB Foundation I follow riding the charming neighborhood of Montmartre absorbing everything that I saw on this afternoon.

The sky was impressively beautiful in blue and pink.

I consider this afternoon very intriguing. Starting with Kidult manifest against luxury,  going to the peculiar world on billionaire galleries and action houses, ending with the power that photojournalism has to show us: Life exactly how it is.

Space Invader – The world has been invaded!!!

Mixing traditional mosaics with Atari pixels, Space Invader, or simply Invader, www.space-invaders.com, created characters  inspired by the game that, since 1998, have been literally invaded the walls of Paris and the globe. As a joke, Invader does not reveal his real name and identity.

He defends the idea that there is too much advertisement on the streets and his art should be a reason to misguide the focus that the public keeps on consumerism. So, he believes that his art can contribute positively for the population.

Having the chance to appreciate his almost ubiquitous presence in the city (between 2000 and 3000 Invaders around the world), at first, gave me this George Orwell’s Big Brother feeling of being observed. Suddenly we understand that turning our sights to art, instead of billboards, gives a real meaning to the protest that those pieces purpose. Eyes opened by invaders that came from space to change our minds!!!

Pictures by Maria Fernanda