Blog // Art
Paris, known worldwide as “the city of Art”, is one of the most attractive cities in the world. This is due to its important cultural heritage. Artists' studios continue to flourish in the metropolis from the Montparnasse district to the famous Rivoli street.
2, Passage de Dantzig – Paris 15
In 1900, once the sculptor Alfred Boucher became one of the most famous and empowered people in France, he decided to offer a shelter to those artists who were homeless. He acquired a land of 5,000 and installed the Gironde wine pavilion, designed by Gustave Eiffel, which he bought at auction. Alfred Boucher built workshops around the main building, characterized by its beehive shape. La Ruche, proclaimed a historical monument, has hosted many prestigious artists such as Blaise Cendrar, Fernand Léger, Chaïm Soutine and Marc Chagall. Today, around fifty artists reside in "The Hive" and share a collective room where exhibitions and meetings are held.
19, Rue des Frigos – Paris 13
Les Frigos of Paris is a cultural center located in the 13th arrondissement. The building was originally a refrigerated warehouse of the Paris-Orléans Railway Company. From the 1980’s onwards, artists and craftsmen alike, attracted by the quality of its thermal and acoustic insulation, took over the structure, which was then in disuse. Some squatters, such as Jérôme Mesnager or Dominique Fury, set up their artistic workshops there. However, successive occupants soon signed occupancy agreements and paid the rent. Behind the graffiti and the dilapidated appearance of the block, a real artistic space is hidden. This place, so concealed and mysterious, can be visited during open days and exhibitions.
59, Rue de Rivoli – Paris 1
The building is located on one of the most famous streets in Paris, after which it was named. At the end of 1999, the six-story building was abandoned by a large bank and the French government. Subsequently, the space was classified as a "squat" building that hosted around thirty artists from all over the world. Two years later, the artists were able to legalize their activity.
Nowadays, painters, sculptors and muralists occupy this space every week, offering a variety of creations in a unique setting and with different techniques that are often mixed. They all manage to create an eclectic artistic atmosphere. In addition, the "building 59 de Rivoli" offers a direct contact with the work and the artist free of charge.
Large sculptures and enigmatic doodles differentiate the facade while creating a magical place in the heart of Paris. After receiving 50,000 visitors in its first year, it has become the third largest cultural center in the capital, behind the Pompidou Center and the Jeu de Paume.