Former illegal art squats in Paris are increasingly being renovated into quality legal studio and exhibition space by the city.

Former illegal art squats in Paris are increasingly being renovated into quality legal studio and exhibition space by the city. Seeing that artists were occupying and entertaining visitors in abandoned buildings anyway, the city government began upgrading these spaces in 2006.

The New York Times reports:

“Every artist dreams of moving to Paris,” said Christophe Girard, the city’s deputy mayor for culture. Combined with high rents, this Bohemian drive has produced decades of squats, from Picasso’s Bateau-Lavoir to Hôpital Éphémère, which was taken over by artists in the ’80s and ’90s. “This doesn’t mean that every squat is wonderful, but some obviously become part of a city heritage and must be preserved,” Mr. Girard said.

BASIC MEMBER CONTENT
This content is available for Basic Members.
Already a member, log in