VNA favourite featured artist Invader is returning to Paris for his first show in the French capital since 2011 and invading the Musee en Herbe as his playground for an exhibition titled Hello, My Game is….
Featuring over 100 new works, the show retraces his inspirations from the infamous arcade games like Pac-Man and Q*bert and characters from children’s animation including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Miyazaki’s Ponyo. Visitors from all ages could discover and rediscover and play with the videogames.
A control board with interactive world map highlights all the 67 invaded cities across the past 20 years as well as life size ‘alias’ mosaics.
Entering the Rubikcubism room, visitors discover footage from 80’s Rubik Cubes competitions and a series of Disney characters like tiger Shere Khan from the Jungle Book, or Peter Pan. This particular work is made from 1,320 Rubik’s Cubes making it his largest such piece to date. Children and fans can recreate their own 8-bits mosaics on a ‘pixel’ magnet wall.
Entering the top level of the exploration game, visitors can enjoy the series of masks used during Invader’s streets interventions and have a glimpse of the artist’s studio.
We are pleased to see that Invader is wearing the limited edition collaborative scarf and some nice gems to be found in his studio.
The exhibition is very playful and aims to engage with the inner children within us all.
Invader explains – ‘I have myself often drawn inspiration from the world of childhood. Besides, who other than an adult with a child’s soul could devote his life to invading the world with video game characters? Also, this exhibition is very close to my heart because children represent the future. Education and dialogue with children are the key to a good future for humanity and tomorrow’s world.’
A 40-page book containing games and stickers published by Casterman also accompany the exhibition.
Hello My Game is…
26 Jan – 3 Sept 2017
From Monday to Sunday (10am to 7pm; 9pm on Thursdays)
23 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris.
Photo credit: Butterfly Art News