- GIANTS, Cleuson LIMA DO ROSARIO from Brazil, Barra da Tijuca, from the beach, © Comité international Olympique, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
- GIANTS, Léonie PERIAULT from France, Botafogo, © Comité international Olympique, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
- GIANTS, Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS from Sudan, Flamengo, Close-up, © Comité international Olympique, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
After finding a camera in the subway of Paris in 2001, JR (b. 1983, Paris, France)
decided to travel Europe to meet those who express themselves on walls and facades, making their portraits and exhibiting them in the streets. Thanks to his large-scale installation in the streets, he forces us to see phenomena and people that we usually ignore. He creates portraits with enquiring, penetrating, watchful yet solemn expressions that draw our attention and remain in our conscience long after we have seen them. Collaborating with New York City Ballet, OSGEMEOS, Agnès Varda, Robert De Niro, and many other artists he conceived films, installations, interventions, and other works in different media.
Through his process, JR strives to involve the local population in the development of his projects. JR catches the attention of people who are not typical visitors of a museum, spreading unsolicited works on buildings around Paris, on walls in the Middle-East, on broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. In each of his projects, he seeks to act as a witness for a community. And their members don't just see the works, they make them. Elderly women pose for a day; kids turn into artists for a week. JR practice does not separate the actors from the spectators and promotes the encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter, raising questions, creating a social link, bringing communities together, making people more aware, always preserving humour.
JR lives and works between Paris, France, and New York, USA. Some of his latest solo shows and projects include: JR: Chronicles, at Kunsthalle (2022), in Munich, Germany; JR: Chronicles, at Saatchi Gallery (2021), in London, United Kingdom; JR: Chronicles, at Brooklyn Museum (2019), in New York, USA; The Chronicles of San Francisco, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA) (2019), in San Francisco, USA; Momentum. La Mécanique de l'Épreuve, at Maison Européenne de la Photographie (2018), in Paris, France; Chroniques de Clichy-Montfermeil, at Palais de Tokyo (2017), in Paris, France; Kikito, a temporary installation at the Mexican/US border (2017); JR at the Louvre, at Musée du Louvre (2016), in Paris, France. Recent group shows include: Forever is Now, at Giza Pyramids (2021), in Giza, Egypt; JR, Adrian Piper, Ray Johnson, at Museum Frieder Burda (2019), in Berlin, Germany; Refuge, at 21c Museum (2019), in Bentonville, USA; Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source, at Neuberger Museum of Art (2016), in Purchase, USA; and Tu dois changer ta vie, at Tripostal (2015), in Lille, France. His works are included in major public collections such as those of: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA; among others.
o papel da mãojr 25.3 - 20.5.2023Nara Roesler is pleased to present O Papel da Mão, the first solo exhibition by the French artist JR in São Paulo. Accompanied by an...
#arteconectagaleria nara roesler + uniãosp 2.4 - 30.6.2020UniãoSP is an independent and voluntary initiative to strengthen the battle against coronavirus in the state of São Paulo. The group coordinates its actions with...
patamarJR 22.11.2019 - 19.2.2020It is with great pleasure that Galeria Nara Roesler presents JR: Patamar, the first solo show by the renowned French artist in Brazil. The exhibition,...
chroniclesjr 28.6.2023The LOTTE Museum of Art presents JR: Chronicles, JR's first large-scale retrospective in South Korea.
déplacé∙e∙sjr 24.2.2023Déplacé∙e∙s is the first solo exhibition in Italy of French artist JR, at the Gallerie d’Italia, Turin. That is the first time the artist shows...
chroniclesjr 23.8.2022JR: Chronicles is the largest retrospective dedicated to French artist JR (*1983) to date. The stories JR tells with his projects are intended to...
this is ukraine: defending freedomjr 22.4.2022This is Ukraine: Defending Freedom is the new official collateral event by the PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation for the 59th International Art Exhibition –...
chroniclesjr 24.11.2021For the last two decades, JR has been giving a voice to people from all over the world, using art as a means of expression...
forever is nowjr 5.11.2021JR is one of the ten international contemporary artists participating in “Forever is now”, a trail of large-scale sculptures and installations that pave ways to...
arte em campoamelia toledo, jr, laura vinci, tomie ohtake 11.12.2020Arte em Campo offers an art circuit through the Pacaembu Sports Complex, with sculptures and video installations by important Brazilian and international artists. The show...