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Gallery: Julien de Casabianca’s Outings project

When Ingres painted the youthful Caroline Rivière 210 years ago, he couldn’t have imagined that a simulacrum of his oil on canvas would one day grace the Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Enter Julien de Casabianca, a French artist who was inspired to create a second life for the mademoiselle on a wall near his office after he viewed her portrait at the Louvre in 2014. “She was painted at 13 and dead at 14. I had a ‘Prince Charming’ compulsion to liberate her from the museum. I did it for fun,” he said in an e-mail. “But when I saw the passersby reaction in the street, I understood: There is something here, something to do full time.”

His technique is to point, shoot, cut, and paste: he captures figures with his phone, prints out images on a Canon ipf8400se, uses a blade to carefully slice around the silhouette, and then affixes the portraits to walls with a mix of wallpaper and wood glue and the help of a sponge roller. When de Casabianca adhered Rivière’s image to a wall of rough-hewn concrete — ephemeral beauty unleashed! — his Outings street art project was born.

Since that fateful moment, de Casabianca has left his mark in 46 cities, with predominantly classical artworks drawn from museums in those cities punctuating gritty contemporary settings. The result is an arresting mix of urban placemaking and visual storytelling, fitting traits that honor his background as a journalist and filmmaker. The Boston area might get to see his brand of tactical urbanism up close if de Casabianca’s plan to bring the Outings project to town in 2017 sees the light of day.

— Fiona Luis


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Artwork from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


GDAŃSK, POLAND 
Artwork from The National Museum in Gdańsk


PARIS, FRANCE
Artwork from The Louvre


 

 

I never know [the titles of the original paintings] . . .  I don’t want to see my images attached to this information because it is not about knowledge, it’s only about emotion. Outings is made in poor areas, where people are afraid of museums; they say it’s not for them. [This project] says that you can live the museum, free of knowledge.
—Julien de Casabianca

 

 

 

PARIS, FRANCE
Artwork from Musée d’Orsay


MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Artwork from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts


ISRAEL
Artwork from The Israel Museum


Julien de Casabianca at work in Ramallah.


HANOI, VIETNAM
Artwork from the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum


HAMBURG, GERMANY
Artwork from Hamburg Kunsthalle


BRUSSELS


JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA


JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA


LYON, FRANCE


MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA


NEW YORK


PARIS, FRANCE


PARIS, FRANCE


WARSAW, POLAND