More than 6 years have passed since the elusive artist Invader exhibited in Paris! With his new exhibition “Hello My Game Is…”, The Musée en Herbe becomes the new playground of Invader. In collaboration with the museum and Over the influence, 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.
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 is visible until September 3rd, 2017. Watch out for PA_1264 which has been been placed inside the museum!
The show evolves around four rooms, as your start exploring the exhibition the public is invited to play arcade games such as Tetris or Pac-Man. 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!
The second room proposes a huge collection of works Invader installed across the globe. The large-scale interactive map showcases the cities which have been invaded.
You are then invited to enter the Rubickubism room featuring subjects such as Maleficent or Peter Pan. Googles are also available to view the works on display. Invader comments ‘With the team of the Musée en Herbe, we tried to create an exhibition tailored 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!’
Inside the final room the artist presents an interactive reproduction of his studio, displays a series of original works on paper, and masks he has been using during his public appearances across the globe. The room also has a huge magnetic board ‘Colle tes pixels’ where the public can interact and create their own invaders. Don’t hesitate to ask the museum’s staff for more behind the scene stories about each piece.
The Musée en Herbe welcomes a public ages 3 to 103 years old. Invader says ‘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.’
‘Hello My Game is...’ is visible until September 3rd, 2017 at 23 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris
A 40-page book published by Casterman featuring games and stickers are also available at the exhibition.