WHAT IS THIS PLACE? IS IT A SQUAT?
The 59 Rivoli is a building right in the heart of Paris that’s full of nothing but artist’s studios. There’s a gallery on the ground floor that has a new exposition every 2 weeks. In the beginning, it was a squat that was started by artists looking for a place to work, live and show. The artists opened it to the public 6 days a week. It’s now legalized and still open to the public who can come through and visit the artists. Unlike a gallery where you only see a small amount of the artist’s work, at 59 Rivoli, you get to truly enter into an artist’s universe where the work is actually created.
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN HERE?
The artists squatted the building on the 1st of November 1999. For the full history, click here
IS IT OPEN TO ANYONE OR DO WE NEED A RESERVATION?
No reservations necessary. Come on in and wander around! The artists are friendly, don’t bite and are happy to share their work with you. All ages are welcome as well. The 59 Rivoli is very child friendly and kids of all ages enjoy their visit.
CAN I TAKE PICTURES?
Yes, in the common places like the entrance and the stair and the Musée Igor Balut. In the artist studios, it depends entirely on the artists themselves. Some artists don’t like photos being taken while others welcome them. It’s best to ask first. If the artist has put up “Pas de Photo” signs, please respect their wishes and do not take pictures.
HOW LONG CAN ARTISTS STAY?
There are 20 Permanent Artists & 10 Resident Artists who have a studio for 3 to 6 months. There are also Replacement artists who come in for a small amount of time to replace an artist who has to travel for an exposition, vacation, etc. In this way, every visit you make, you’ll encounter something new.
DO THE ARTISTS LIVE HERE?
No. It’s a place to work but not to live.
IS IT THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE STUDIOS HERE WHO SHOW IN THE GALLERY?
No. The expositions come from far and wide to add to the mix of artwork at 59 Rivoli. The expositions change every 2 weeks and there is a show opening (vernissage) open to everyone usually on the first day of the show. To see the upcoming expositions and vernissages, please check the schedule here
HOW OFTEN ARE THERE CONCERTS?
Every weekend, there are concerts in the gallery. The selection musical styles is completely eclectic. We also have 2 weekend long festivals every year with concerts on all the floors as well as the gallery.
IF I WANT TO HAVE A RESIDENCY, EXPOSITION OR CONCERT AT 59, WHAT DO I DO?
Put your file together and send it to us by email! It’s that easy. Please go to CONTACT US to find out what you need to send us.