Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Fête du Graphisme Exhibition on the Champs Elysées

The other night I took a detour from my normal route and stumbled across a pop-up exhibition on the Champs Elysées (I love moments like these when you can explain to yourself in hindsight why, why, WHY you took that wrong métro and got off at that wrong stop, after all this time in Paris). 

When I came out of the métro Champs Elysées Clemeceau, facing the Arc de Triomphe I saw on my left a series of posters from artists around the world. Each poster depicted the respective artist's interpretation of Paris.

The 39 posters were a part of the Graphics Festival or Fête du Graphisme 2014, running until February 18th at various locations all around Paris, involving about 200 graphic designers from 45 countries and their 500 posters.

These were a few of the posters: 

Kan Tai-Keung, China

Leonardo Sonnoli, Italy

Kari Piippo, Finland

Alain Le Quernec, France

Javier Mariscal, Spain

Ahn Sang-Soo, South Korea

Idania del Rio, Cuba

Radovan Jenko, Slovenia

This one is a cute play on words or a potential Dad joke, as a radish is 'radis' in French!

Paul Cox, France

This is probably my favourite one as it reads:
"Paris - become a FLÂNEUR" (a man who saunters around observing society)
or more appropriately,
"Paris - become a FLÂNEUSE" for me.

"Buy a tortoise and slowly roam the beautiful streets and parks of Paris you might even fall hopelessly in love"

Which is true, because I fall hopelessly in love with Paris, over and over again, each time I roam her beautiful streets and parks (and, even without the help of a tortoise).

Paul Davis, UK


  1. Ooooo so glad you checked this out as this was one of the last things I was trying to get in but ultimately didn't.

    Took me a bit to get that second to last one but when I did, I liked it ;D

    And yea that last one's cute :) Certainly a good conversation starter!

    1. No worries, I loved being able to check out things on your blog that I had missed too!

  2. Hi Nhan, loving your blog. So much has happened over the last few months, expect an email soon!

    1. Thanks Allan! Looking forward to hearing some good news...??

  3. Hi Nhan, nice blog, i'll add it to the ones I read frequently :) Lots has happened in the last couple months, lookout for an email soon.


    1. Yay! I get to go on your list..! Now there's more pressure to create interesting content haha.