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Welcome to the Impasse Ronsin – the artists’ colony to beat them all

Rosie Millard is transported to the Impasse Ronsin, a tiny, squalid cul de sac in Paris’s 15th arrondissement that was once the centre of the modern-art world

3 July 2021

9:00 AM

3 July 2021

9:00 AM

Of all creatives, visual artists are perhaps the least likely to work in isolation; the atomised life of garret-installed solitude is not for them. Artists have always bounced off one another, whether in colonies, studios, collectives or co-operatives. The YBAs would not have been a thing, let alone a now-unfashionable acronym, had a significant group of them not chosen to hang out together.

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Impasse Ronsin: Murder, Love And Art in the Heart of Paris is at the Museum Tinguely until 29 August. A new commission by Marta Minujin, ‘Big Ben Lying Down’, will be at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, until 18 July as part of Manchester International Festival.

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