With the exhibition “Hello My Game Is…”, The Musée en Herbe becomes the new playground of Invader. The show invites you for a journey through the artist’s universe with more than a hundred new works! Arcade games, a large interactive map of the world, works made of Rubik’s cubes, a magnets wall, and many more installations will enable children to truly interact and play with Invader’s work.
More than 6 years have passed since you the elusive artist exhibited in Paris, at least inside the walls ! This exhibition is a unique opportunity to walk into the footsteps of one of the pioneers of street art, whose work repeatedly refers to childhood.
If you are in Paris the show will be visible from January 26th all the way until September 3rd, 2017 at 23 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris. A 40-page book published by Casterman featuring games and stickers will also accompany the exhibition.
Giving more insight about his exhibition Invader comments ‘The Musée en Herbe proposed this venture to me and I liked the idea. I know that children are generally appreciative of my work. Maybe because, 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 keys to a good future for humanity and tomorrow’s world’.
Explaining the title “Hello My Game is…”, Invader says ‘It is obviously a play on the famous name tags “Hello my name is…”. This exhibition is an invitation to come and explore my work and play with it. One can learn many things in games. The exposition catalogue is indeed an activity book! With the team of the Musée en Herbe, we tried to create an exhibition tailored v made for children, both in the scenography and in the subject of some works such as a very large ‘rubikcubist’ painting of Peter Pan, the child who never wanted to grow up!’
The Musée en Herbe welcomes a public ages 3 to 103 years old, how did Invader manage to address a public so varied? ‘I would answer that there is no age for appreciating art. Even if my main concern is to address children, I hope their parents will also appreciate the exhibition.’
This is the first time the artist is directly addressing children. ‘Yes, absolutely, even if children are already very good at recognizing my work in the streets, quite simply because they are curious and observant! I am indeed often a victim of what I call ‘Keith Haring syndrome’: people tell me, “Oh Invader, my children love your work…”. I take it as a compliment because in the end, not all artists are capable of captivating children.’