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L’Anis Gras, a curious name for a unique place !

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A curious name for a typical drink

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During the late 19th century, L’Anis Gras was a distillery which made anis liqueur. This beautiful factory has been transformed in 2005 in a unique cultural area.

If you are looking for something different, far away from white galleries and disembodied art, rush over this unique and singular place in Arcueil! This art center, is an experimental theater and an artist’s residence at the same time. L’Anis Gras is an off-beat place where art flirts with humour, underground and poetry!

ANIS GRAS le lieu de l’autre – 55, avenue Laplace – 94110 Arcueil.

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Just open your eyes !

Pictures made by Yacine & Samira

Visiting Vitry-sur-Seine with Jean-Philippe, our greeter, was a really great experience.  Jean-Philippe shared his passion for the city and its street-art with us. We discovered a dynamic city with amazing pieces of art everywhere. Creating relationships between visitors and the locals is also a thing that Jean-Philippe does very well. We have excellent memories of this day, and we invite you to sign up for a visit of Vitry-Sur-Seine with a greeter.

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Through the association “Vitry’n Urbaine”, Jean-Philippe organizes urban walks. For more information, please visit the Facebook page.

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A day in Vitry-Sur-Seine

Discovering pieces of art

 

Interview with a greeter

Y & S: Why did you decide to become a greeter?

J.P: I have decided to become a greeter because I’m passionate about my city. I love Vitry-Sur-Seine very much, I love its energy, and it’s a dynamic city full of vitality. There are quite few artists from the music scene who are from here. The whole rap movement was born in Vitry-Sur-Seine. It’s a pride for me to present it. This is the reason why I become a greeter. (The greeters are volunteers).

 

Y & S: Is there tourism in Vitry-Sur-Seine?

J.P: Some people do not take Tourism in Vitry-sur-Seine seriously but it’s a reality that is settling. I’am contributing to it’s development through an association called “Vitry’n Urbaine”. This association promotes through urban walks Street Art in Vitry-sur-Seine. Street art in Vitry is not only painted walls, it’s also about highlighting artistic processes by defending and promoting them to the public coming in Vitry.

 

Y & S: Is there a connection between tourism and street art?

J.P: Of course, there is! Tourism and Street art have become a trend through urban walks more and more popular. We give access to residents, to visitors, tourists whether they’re French or not. We allow people who are curious to come closer to the suburbs and discover them. When people think about France or Paris, they think within Paris itself. We want to show life, this emergence, which exists in Vitry-sur-Seine at least.

 

Y & S: Where do the tourists come from?

J.P: I have tourists from Vitry-Sur-Seine, from Val-De-Marne, a lot of Parisians are also coming and recently foreigners from everywhere, Italians, Russians, Belgians. They come to discover a city, they are interested mostly in Street Art and they always leave enchanted.

 

Greeter : Jean Philippe Trigla

Interview : Yacine & Samira

Translation : Agnès & Joséphine

 

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Chicago’s architecture for an art center in Ivry

La Manufacture des Oeillets

This glass, steel and red brick building was built in 1913 on the American model of the Daylight Factory. Severe and bold, with these four levels with large windows, this industrial building reflects new modernists ambitions: a more international construction, clear and modern forms evocative of the Chicago School and the Bauhaus.

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One of the first contemporary art center created in Val-de-Marne, le Credac, was moved in 2011 to this place. This is a good opportunity to meet the artists who are living in residence, see their works and discuss with them. The brunch and tea are usually offered for this occasion! credac3credac 2

 

 

 

Centre d’art contemporain – Le Credac- Ivry, Manufacture des Oeillet, 25 -29 rue Raspail, 94200 Ivry-sur-Seine.

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Our top 3 galleries in Val-de-Marne

1. Galerie Municipale Jean-Collet
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As Vitry-sur-Seine is one of the biggest defenders of  Public Art and the first city along with Grenoble which respects the French law “1% of Art”: 1 % of the sums dedicated by the State for every public construction like schools or hospitals  will have to finance the realization of a contemporary work of art joined to the architectural project .
With the numerous contemporary artworks hidden in the streets of the city, Vitry has a most beautiful art gallery. This spacious and lively art center is a real showcase for new scene artists, and organises many exhibitions, shows, and events which bring life to the recent French art scene.
 59, av. Guy-Môquet
94400 Vitry-sur-Seine
2.Galerie Municipale Julio Gonzalez
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Forget all bad versions of Les Nymphéas from Monet , or silk-painting  exhibitions you might have seen in  municipal museums! Located in Arcueil, this gallery proposes a high level of contemporary art, and a lot of events like the national prize “Prix Antoine Marin ”

10 avenue Paul Doumer
94110 Arcueil

3. The Art House Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne

nogentWelcome to Bernard Anthonioz House, a prestigious gateway between Past and Present.  Our last crush is more than a traditional gallery, where the location also worth the detour. This unique art center is specialized in graphic and photographic art (the exhibitions are often coproductions with big institutions like Le Musée du Jeu De Paume in Paris). Nestled in a XVII th century castle, this gallery converses with the outside, a beautiful English-style park, where you can have walk after your visit!

16 Rue Charles VII
94130 Nogent-sur-Marne.
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Le Générateur, an experience “on the edge”

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Le Générateur was recently created, in 2006. It is an old beautiful Art Deco cinema transformed into a place dedicated to contemporary art and specialized in dance and experimental performances. Situated in the south suburb of Paris close to Gentilly, le Générateur is the place to be if you want to meet the underground new scene.

Rome Performance et Juliette, FRAQ 2013.

Rome Performance et Juliette, FRAQ 2013.

Le Générateur, offers an unexpected and experimental trip and where dance meets digital arts and poetry.

Le Générateur is a space which is  hybrid and interstitial… such as life can be maintained and developed here, in this new creative district on the outskirts of Paris called «le périph’ ».

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16, rue Charles Frérot 94250 GENTILLY

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Walk around Art !

There is a life beyond the “Ringroad” … come on and take a tour in the south suburb of Paris! If the weather is shiny, be curious, and try new adventures in Val-de-Marne!

 An art treasure hunt in Vitry-Sur-Seine

If you are a contemporary art lover, a walk in Vitry-Sur-Seine will be for you as exciting as a chocolate egg hunt during Easter! Not only known in France for street-art, Vitry is also famous for the numerous great artists who transformed  the city into a gigantic open-air gallery. Hidden in a courtyard or nested on the stained-glass windows of a City hall, you just have to open your eyes to discover the secrets Vitry has you to tell…

1. Jean Dubuffet, Chaufferie avec cheminée 1970-1996

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What?

Who said that “traffic circle artist” was a pejorative name? The famous father of “Art Brut” (Outsider Art) Jean Dubuffet’s gigantic sculpture “Chaufferie avec cheminée” is proudly standing on the main roads of Vitry-sur-Seine, looking at the continuous ballet of cars.

Where?

Just in front the Mac/Val! Carrefour de la Libération 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine.

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2.  Piotr Kowalski, Signal 1974

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What?

This disco neon cube, signed by the founder of Technologic Art, Piotr Kowalski, lights up during the evening, and transforms one of the main places of Vitry into a big nightclub… Let’s dance!

Where?

1 place Jean Vilar 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine

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Valeri Adami, 8 stained-glass windows  1985

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What?

Known for his big frescoes in Gare de Lyon and above all, the wall-painting decorating Châtelet Theater, Valerio Adami designed the 8 stunning painted glass windows of Vitry’s City hall, reminiscent of the famous Chapelle Matisse in Provence.

Where?

2 avenue Youri Gargarine 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine.

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Match the graff !

The idea is to invite you to create your piece of Art from the existing ones in Val de Marne. Put yourself in the picture and Match the Graff!!!

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Disappear in the scenery, create a new pattern, complete a picture, but above all: send us your photos, we will put them on our site!

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