Turin’s Gallerie d’Italia is hosting a new exhibition by French street artist JR, who will launch the event with a street parade of artworks.
The exhibition, entitled Déplacé.e.s, revolves around the plight of refugees – drawing on JR’s own visits to places including Rwanda, Mauritania and Greece. According to the museum, the artist will ‘bring his personal touch in recounting reality and stimulating reflections on social fragility’.
Around 4,000 sq m of museum space is dedicated to the show, leaving plenty of room for JR’s characteristically vast artworks. In the past, the artist and photographer has staged enormous pieces including ‘disappearing’ the Louvre and adding giant athletes to buildings in Rio.
His Turin show opens on 7 February with a public performance that will see hundreds of people carrying his artworks to the Piazza San Carlo, where the museum is located. In total, five pieces will be delivered by this procession, all of them showing images of children from different refugee camps.
Déplacé e s remains on display until 16 July.