The "vanished" Pyramid of the Louvre and the festival in Fontainebleau - as they say in the art world

Two news came this week from France. In Paris, in front of the Louvre building, the famous pyramid erected in 1989 disappeared. And 55 km from the French capital tomorrow will begin a unique art festival. It is held at the royal residence of Fontainebleau for the sixth time.

Focus JR

In Paris, street artist and photographer JR made the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre "disappear". He simply closed the construction of a giant black and white photograph of the facade of the museum. CollageCollagraphy is a relatively new type of embossed print. It was invented in the middle of the 20th century and combines environmental friendliness, ease of execution, richness of textures and plastics, and, moreover, it is well combined with other graphic manners (for example, "dry needle"). The printed matrix is ​​a collage (hence the name combining the words "collage" and "graph") and is created by sticking various materials — fabrics, plastic, sand, plants, and so on — to a wooden or cardboard base using various pastes. Read more Collage (from fr. Collage - sticking) - a method used in the visual arts and consists in creating applications from different fragments, different in color and texture. This term also denotes work done in this technique. It was first introduced by futurists and cubists, in particular, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, to the visual arts. They combined scraps of fabric, photographs and wallpapers on canvas. Famous collage artists include film director Sergei Paradzhanov, who combined photographs, pieces of lace, porcelain, and dried plants.
Decorator reception is often tried to diversify with painting tools: a brush with paint or a pen with ink. The creative genre is characterized by diversity and courage of ideas. A related technique is assemblage, which involves combining various objects and their parts on one surface. Photo collages are very popular today. Read further reproduces the part of the wall that is usually not visible because of the pyramid.Photo:

JR decided to "click on the nose" of tourists who take a selfie in front of the Louvre, not paying attention to its architecture. He determined the place where people prefer to take pictures, and used it as a starting point.
Having closed the pyramid with a huge photo, the artist also reminded that some companies rent facades of monuments for promotional purposes.
Left: JR and fans in front of a photo installation. Photo:

“I try to fight against this with each of my work,” said JR, who refused to accept sponsorship for this project. JR is known for its gigantic photo projects around the world, in particular, in Rio de Janeiro's favelas.Performance in front of the “disappeared” pyramid. Photo: jr-art.netThe glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, which was designed by the famous American architect of Chinese origin, Bei Yumin, will once again “appear” to the public on June 27.

Festival in Fontainebleau

Tomorrow, in the French commune of Fontainebleau and the eponymous castle, the Sixth Festival of Art History will start. This is the only forum in Europe that brings together art critics from around the world, and all events can be attended for free. In 2015, it was visited by 34 thousand people. Fans of the arts are waiting for three days of conferences, discussions, concerts, exhibitions, shows, lectures and meetings.Palace of Fontainebleau. Photo via

The 2016 program is built around three main themes. The main one is “Laughter”: fun practices and visual comedy features. The curators turned to the iconography of laughter, traditions of caricature, dadaism and satire. In particular, visitors will be offered a "marathon of laughter" from a new partner of the festival French Comedy.
Left: smiling angel, fragment of the facade of the Reims Cathedral (XIII century). Photo: Creative Commons / Eric Santos

  • Unknown Dutch artist, "Laughing Fool"
  • Unknown author, "French Elephant (caricature of Louis XVIII)"
The second theme will be Spain - the birthplace of artistic geniuses of El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Pedro Almodovar, but also a haven for many European artists who have left their mark in this country.
As usual, the forum will focus on the news of exhibitions and museums, the art market, research and education. In addition, issues of theft of works of art, heritage and its preservation in armed conflict will be raised.Destruction of cultural monuments in the city of Tall Afar in Iraq (February 26, 2015). Photos via The 6th Fontainebleau Art History Festival runs until June 5. According to and