Inspired by the murals of Diego Rivera, French artist JR decided to imagine how a whole city can be represented through art. The idea was to portray as accurately as possible the entirety of a city.

  • The San Francisco Mural

    The Chronicles of San Francisco opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on May 23rd, 2019 and is on view until April 27th, 2020.


    After a first mural in Les Bosquets, a neighborhood near Paris where he has worked for many years, JR chose San Francisco, a city very rich in contrasts, whose recent history could be told in a powerful way through a mural. Since the visit of Diego Rivera in 1931, San Francisco has a long muralist tradition. The city features immense innovation and wealth as well as one of the highest rates of child homelessness in the country.


    In January and February, 2018, JR and his team spent a month roaming the city of San Fransisco, parking their 53' trailer truck in 24 different locations, to capture anyone who wished to participate, directly from the streets. As a result, over 1,200 people have been filmed, photographed and interviewed; each person choosing the way they are represented in the fresque. This portrait of San Francisco is assembled and exhibited on an LED wall at SFMoMA.


    The collection of images and recordings are compiled in a book entitled JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco. Page after page, the book comes to life thanks to a mobile app, JR:murals, developed to allow readers to read and hear the story of everyone through an augmented reality experience.


  • The Chronicles of San Francisco

    Opening of The Chronicles of San Francisco at the SFMOMA on May 23rd, 2019

    Visitors can read and hear the story of each participant in their own voice thanks to iPads installed in the gallery.

    Dive into the intimate thoughts of the people of San Fransisco with the book, JR The Chronicles of San Francisco, available for purchase here.

    Experience the book coming to life through an augmented reality experience with the free app, JR:murals.

    Download the app for iPhone, here

    Download the app for Android, here

    Sections of the still version of the mural are on view as a vinyl installation on the facade of the museum and as wheatpaste murals around the city.

    The streets of San Francisco are speaking to passers-by, who can hear the recordings of anyone on the wall by using the mobile app.

  • Behind the Scenes

    JR in front of the 53' mobile studio

    Each one of the 1000+ participants had an opportunity to tell their stories to Eyal. All the recordings are integrated in the mural through the digital app, JR:murals.

    The mural aims to show the nuances of the city, through its inhabitants, the immense innovation and wealth it features, as well as having the highest rates of child homelessness in the country.

  • About the Project

  • Contact Us

    If you have any question about the project contact us via email: sanfrancisco@jr-art.net

  • About JR

    JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. In 2006, he created Portrait of a Generation, portraits of suburban "thugs" that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became "official" when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos. In 2007, with Marco, he made Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts, and created The Wrinkles of the City. In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes was presented at Cannes. In 2011 he received the TED Prize, after which he created Inside Out, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture taken and paste it to support an idea and share their experience.

    He has since created the Unframed project where images that exhibit the past of a neighborhood or city are interpreted and re-contextualized in present day through JR's pastings. In 2013, his film based off his project, Inside Out: The People's Art Project premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Inside Out continued to grow with Photobooth trucks bringing the process directly to the streets in locations such as New York, Amsterdam, London, and Paris. As of December 2017, nearly 319,000 people from more than 140 countries have participated. In 2014, he collaborated with the New York City Ballet for their Art Series, and choreographed his own ballet based off his beginnings.

    As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. That is what JR's work is about, raising questions...


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