"The world's first floating urban art center and a unique space” is how Fluctuart, moored on the banks of the Seine, in the shade of the Pont des Invalides, describes itself. And this new cultural space is certainly one-of-a-kind.
This quirky, almost totally see-through structure with a metallic framework presents temporary monographic and themed exhibitions as well as a permanent collection. The works on show explore the various movements in urban art, or street art, while cultural and fun events, kids’ workshops, talks, readings and screenings shed further light on this unique creative scene. Admission to this unique museum is free. “Making art accessible to everyone” is the aim of the founders Géraud Boursin, Nicolas Laugero Lasserre and Éric Philippon, street art enthusiasts who were keen to create a space dedicated to this creative form. Mission accomplished. The 1,000 sq.m Fluctuart gallery, of which 700 sq.m is open to the public, couldn’t be a more pleasant place to learn about the medium. Designed by Seine Design, the unique boat has three levels: the hold, the main deck, and the terrace, which gets the thumbs up when the sun’s out. Two bar areas for cocktails and natural wines and an eatery serving light gastro dishes made on the premises, packaged in a square box decorated with a motif by the artist Erell, as well as a specialist bookstore, are sure to make this gallery a rocking success.
The first exhibition will be “Time Capsule” by Swoon. Born Caledonia Dance Curry, the artist Swoon first made a name for herself in New York City by gluing artworks to the city’s walls in 1999. Her highly sensitive portraits explore the human condition. As well as a monographic exhibition in the hold, visitors can see works created by the artist in situ. Until September 22.