Discover 59 Rivoli, an art museum like no other, located in a building on rue Rivoli in Paris, where artists live in this extraordinary place all year round !
A unique artists residency
In the 1st arrondissement of Paris, at 59 rue Rivoli to be more precise, one of the most important artists’ residences in the capital is proudly held. Soberly nicknamed the “59 Rivoli”, this haunt for artists of all kinds is quickly recognizable by its exterior facade with a wall decoration that changes according to the moods and desires of its occupants. Today, its reputation has made it a real residence on 6 floors where exhibitions and artists’ workshops of all kinds (street art, painting, sculpture, etc …) come together.
A true center of creation
Initially, the artistic squat of 59 Rivoli was far from what it is today. It all started in 1989 when the building, which belonged to a bank, was abandoned. At the time, only a few artists actually came to squat this building and were already making workshops out of it. Today, 30 artists reside at “59 Rivoli”: they work there and also exhibit up to the 6th floor. There are officially 20 permanent artists and 10 artists in residence, for a period of 3 to 6 months. There are regular exhibitions every two weeks in one of the main galleries of the building, but it is often collectives of artists who come to invest it.
A place for music too
Every weekend the gallery offers unique concerts and events and twice a year the “59 Rivoli” organizes a three-day music festival that takes place on all floors of the building. Here, every artist has his chance: there may very well be an artist recognized on the national or international scene, such as the first year art school student, who is looking to make his first exhibition. It is also a creative center for young talents or confirmed talents where entry is free.
59 rue de Rivoli