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Over the past two decades, JR has expanded the meaning of public art through his ambitious projects that give visibility and agency to a broad spectrum of people around the world. Showcasing murals, photographs, videos, films, dioramas, and archival materials, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them in nearby public spaces.
This multimedia installation traces JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide to his more recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse publics. All of the projects on view honor the voices of everyday people and demonstrate JR’s ongoing commitment to community, collaboration, and civic discourse.
Content: Approximately 120 objects
Size: Approximately 7,000–10,000 sq. ft. (650–930 sq. m.), subject to layout
Curators: Sharon Matt Atkins, Deputy Director for Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator, Photography, Brooklyn Museum
Tour Schedule with Dates
Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
April 21–August 15, 2023
Kunsthalle München, München, Germany
August 26, 2022–January 15, 2023
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
November 12, 2021–June 19, 2022
Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
June 4–October 3, 2021
Brooklyn Museum, New York