29 september 2022

Atelier 11

Atelier 11, Cité Falguière, Paris, France.

In 1960, the urban renewal of the Montparnasse district began. The City of Falguière, a privileged space that has seen the development of local and international modernity since the 1870s, is gradually being destroyed. Artists rebel, the community fights. In vain. In a few years, the thirty or so artists' studios gave way to residential buildings; only two survived the demolitions. L'Atelier 11, is today the last workshop still in operation, welcoming artists since its creation at the end of the 19th century. A Serbo-Russian artist, Mira Maodus lived and worked in Atelier 11 from 1979 to 2021, preserving her vocation as a creative space. In order to continue the artistic heritage of the workshop, the association L'AiR Arts, whose mission is to support intercultural exchanges through programs of artistic residencies, Launched the project to create an international arts research residency at Atelier 11. Together, AiR Arts and the Cité Falguière Association intend to restore and promote this international site and ensure its sustainability for future generations. The reopening is scheduled for 2023, in a renovated and sustainable setting, in order to continue offering opportunities for intercultural exchanges, in line with the Paris School.
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Atelier 11 in September 2021 and Misteries of Natural Light by resident artist Chris Lashbrook. (bron: Artpool)

Ties Ten Bosch, a L’AiR Arts resident artist from Netherlands/Germany on Atelier 11’s balcony.

One account of the studio that amused me describes the two artists lying on the floor, having just tossed out their bedbug-infested furniture. Given the lack of electricity, each man held a candle to read: Le Petit Parisien for the Russian expressionist painter, Soutine, and Dante for the Italian Modigliani—he of the long-necked, oval-faced portraits. Might not sound all that enticing to others, given the vermin—or the contemporary threat of Covid—but in the over 100 years since Modigliani and Soutine occupied that room, the studio has become something quite significant: Atelier 11, the sole remnant of La Cité Falguière.
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Atelier 11, Cité Falguière, Paris, France. (bron: Artland)

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