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59, rue de Rivoli

March 9, 2011

In 2000, a group of young artists started squatting in a dilapidated yet prestigious building on the high end rue de Rivoli. The building, once a French bank’s headquarter, had been deserted for about 10 years when suddenly, fancy sculptures and decorations started adorning the façade. The place was soon to become a trendy spot as word of mouth spread and attracted hundreds of people who were happy to discover the lofts of a dozen of artists up in arms against the elitist art policy and willing to promote a more accessible form of art.
The place, however, was declared a dangerous place by the city and artists were talked into leaving the building in 2006. Supported by the press and the thousands of fans who had visited the building, the place was officially turned into a place for art, under the condition of undergoing serious renovation.
After two years of works, the building is now home to dozens of artists who have been granted the right to stay in the building free of charge.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm except on Saturdays (1pm to 8 pm)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2011 8:22 pm

    Another must see for us when in Paris in May, have passed the building but never knew the history, merci, Roz

  2. July 10, 2013 9:00 pm

    For the event “Play Me I Am Yours 2013”, i played on two very nice customised piano at the 59 rue de Rivoli, Paris. Great sound and place. Like this place !

    Vivian Roost
    pianiste composer
    1st EP “Un Autre Monde” available now on itunes, Amazon…

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