This Movement Brings Museum Masterpieces onto Sidewalks and Streets

What a beautiful city it would be with masterpieces on every wall. (Screenshot/Facebook)

An art movement, up and running in Europe, is now trickling into the United States. It’s a fine art movement. It’s a street art movement. It’s a finer street art movement involving museums. It’s incredible.

French artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca got the inspiration for this project after visiting the Louvre, and seeing a subject in a portrait he loved. But that portrait was in a dark corner of the museum. And that subject was basically anonymous.

He was inspired to take an anonymous figure out of the museum to give her street fame. And a movement was born. Now there’s a website telling anyone how they can go into any museum, photograph a subject that was lost to history, and give them newfound street fame.

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Print the subject out from your photo, cut out the figure, and paste it around town—anywhere that needs some beauty and could use a lift courtesy of classical art.

So fine art portraits have been appearing on walls, stairs, and alleys around European cities. Just recently he brought the movement to Chicago on a 12-city tour of the United States.

This is not just a fine art movement—this is a graffiti movement.

What if street artists everywhere were influenced enough by this? Then you’d see not just photos, but street art originating on walls at this high level of exquisiteness.

Casabianca has received few complaints since this project began. This is a street art movement that could actually go over quite well with the public at large.

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