Escape the Real World at 59 Rivoli

Last weekend, I went to 59 Rivoli for a free jazz performance.  I had no idea what it was, but it ended up being really cool!  The building is home to up to thirty artists’ studios, and has a rotating gallery exhibition of artists from all over the world. Once an abandoned building in the middle of Rue de Rivoli, artists came together to create and showcase their work.  A place created to intertwine the creation of the art with the audience, this establishment is truly one of a kind.

From the outside, I was not expecting this place to have music.  It is draped with greenery using the principles of Ikebanart, which focuses on the use of Japanese plants and contemporary art.  Slightly resembling the designs and “strangeness” of Park Güell in Barcelona (at least to me), the stairway leading up to the sixth floor is entirely painted.  Motivational quotes, obscene language, and bizarre images line the walls.  You can but only imagine the artists’ inspiration as you make your way through all the studios.


The gallery is also home to concerts every Saturday and Sunday.  The shows are always free of charge, with donations accepted for the musicians, of course.  The small gallery provides the audience with an intimate setting to listen to the performance.  Located on the first floor with floor-to-ceiling windows, the music also provides entertainment for world outside.


Whether you are searching for an artistic escape, a place to find inspiration, or just a calm evening out listening to music with friends, 59 Rivoli is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Parisian life.


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