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It’s at Musée Guimet where pop idol Pharell Williams is flexing his skill as an art curator in a collab exhibition with Mr., a Japanese artist and former protégé of Takashi Murakami. Also, Mr. happens to be one of Williams’ personal faves, and the show, entitled Carte Blanche To Mr. And Pharrell Williams – A Call To Action, sees thought-provoking installations, paintings and sculptures rendered in the style that the Japanese artist has become known for. The settings imagines kids, some symbolically holding weapons, emerging in a world that has come to be because of today’s adults, and ready to take on the future. Mr.’s work calls for positive and peaceful momentum in finding solutions for today’s problems.

Taking the tensions of today’s social, political, environmental and technological problems as a starting point, the exhibition explores the intrinsic optimism and potential of the youth. A highlight of the installation is a large-scale mural by Mr., presenting an army of figures, representing children, that is a nod to the tradition of classic European portraiture. The exhibition invites visitors to enter into Mr.’s fantastical universe, one where the everyday meets the otherworldly. Amid an immersive environment of scenes that could be from daily life, his paintings and sculptures in various dimensions and textures stand as poetic confrontations to the status quo, while reverberating with the positive energy of possibility (on through Sep 23). Location: Musée Guimet, 5 place d’Iéna (Chaillot).

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