He’s French, he works under the cloak of anonymity and he’s possibly one of the most talented street artists out there. Jean Rene, popularly known as JR, began his artistic career at 17 on the streets of Paris, and since then he has been flyposting monumental photographs and works of art around the world.
His work combines art and engaged actions through large-scale outdoor installations, films, photographs and videos, using what he claims is the world’s largest art gallery as his canvas – the streetscape.
What really captures his audience is the sheer scale of his work, and his anonymity. He creates “pervasive art” that spreads across buildings – from the favelas in Brazil to the rundown areas around Paris. He never explains his work, allowing those who witness it to create their own interpretation.
In 2016, the artist unveiled one of his large-scale projects, in which he covered the streets of Rio with giant art installations to tie in with the Olympic Games. The images represented athletes, each turning the city into their own personal playgrounds.
Qatar Museums recently opened JR – Répertoire, made in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin. The exhibition features some of the key works that made JR famous around the world, including a video lounge where some of his celebrated pieces can be viewed.
Free. Until May 31. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm. QM Gallery, Katara, Building 10, www.qm.org.qa/en.