Paris - 59 Rue de Rivoli and Chez Robert, Electron Libre - Ateliers d'Artistes

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Only in Paris would you discover a 6 level building on a major boulevard that has been converted into a working art studio/gallery, that invites you to wander through and watch artists whilst they work. Previously a squat, 59 Rivoli houses a multitude of amazing talents, from the refined beautiful work of Jerome Btesh, who graciously let me photograph him whilst he worked, to the completely fascinating chaos of the Musee of Igor Balut. A sensory overload right in the middle of everything. I just wish every other major city had the guts to let the artists take over what would otherwise be commercial office space!