French visual artist, Julien de Casabianca has initiated a global participative project designed to 'free' portraits from museums and bring them to the streets. It's called Outings and it's aces...

The idea is that anyone in their own town can go to a local museum (the portrait you choose must be from a local museum) take a picture of the portrait with their phone and set them free.

The Outings team set out simple instructions to help people select the right portraits, they prefer anonymous pictures, and they guide through the uploading process with a brief detour via photoshop before sending the file to the team to print on appropriate paper and glue resistant ink, before it is sent back to the individual to be displayed. 

They even help with tips in choosing a good place to display it, respecting private property and monuments is crucial. Once a great gritty street art spot has been found, the printed portrait can be stuck up like wallpaper and voila! 

Then comes the final and arguably most crucial stage, taking a photo of the new street portrait in situation, before sending the photograph back to de Casabianca who will in turn stage an exhibition in a museum, of paintings from museums, being freed from their museums. Genius. 

Outings

Outings

Outings

Outings