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November 21, 2018

France: Lyon, Art

Filed under: Europe, France, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , , , , , , — anotherheader @ 6:53 pm

A painting on display at the large Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

Wander the streets of Lyon long enough and you are sure to encounter street art. The city is large, youthful, and vibrant enough to allow street artist culture thrive. There are many interesting things to see in places like Croix-Rousse. It is possible to find some pointers online but otherwise the art is waiting to be discovered by passersby who explore the city on foot.

Lyon, like all decent sized cities in France, also has art museums. One of the better ones is the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, the municipality’s art museum. It is claimed to be the largest French museum outside of Paris and is worth a visit. But in the end we are happiest traipsing through the streets keeping and eye open to see what we might find. The feeling of discovery is a big part of the experience.

The homage to David Bowie by Big Ben is one of our favorite pieces of street art that we found in Lyon.

“La Noce chez le photographe” (“The wedding at the photographer” by Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret


Some of the street artists active in Lyon can be found here.

We visited Lyon in the summer of 2017.

Street art in Lyon by LA based French Punk Me Tender: Street artist travel and it is not uncommon to see street artists works all around the word.

Another painting from the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

The Parisian street artist Invader has been active in Lyon. A good way to find quality street art is to look for his space invaders.

I wasn’t able to trace down the artist behind this work.

Lyonnais street artists THTF have works in cities around the world and in their home city.

Another work by Big Ben

It’s always the eyes: A portrait in the museum.

Reno Kidd is part of “La Coulure,” a collective of artists specializing in mural painting and graffiti.

he Navajos play a free concert at La Confluence. It’s another part of Lyon’s arts scene.

“My feelings dance the Macarena” by KKEN92

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