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JR: Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A (2017)

JR (French, born 1983). Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A., 2017. Installation image. Wheat-pasted poster on table. © JR-ART.NET

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JR: Chronicles

Over the past two decades, JR has expanded the meaning of public art through his ambitious projects that give visibility and agency to a broad spectrum of people around the world. Showcasing murals, photographs, videos, films, dioramas, and archival materials, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them in nearby public spaces.

This multimedia installation traces JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide to his more recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse publics. All of the projects on view honor the voices of everyday people and demonstrate JR’s ongoing commitment to community, collaboration, and civic discourse.


Content: Approximately 120 objects

Size: Approximately 7,000–10,000 sq. ft. (650–930 sq. m.), subject to layout

Publication: Yes

Curators: Sharon Matt Atkins, Deputy Director for Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Drew Sawyer, Phillip and Edith Leonian Curator, Photography, Brooklyn Museum

Tour Schedule with Dates

Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

May 3–August 6, 2023

Kunsthalle München, München, Germany

August 26, 2022–January 15, 2023

Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands

November 12, 2021–June 19, 2022

Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

June 4–October 3, 2021

Brooklyn Museum, New York

November 18, 2020–March 14, 2021