Imagine 50 among the best street artists let their imagination loose on a derelict building of the 19th century: Les Bains-Douches in Paris. Imagine it, because at the temporary exhibition, which lasted only 24 hours, you would never have been invited.
The owner of the property, Jean-Pierre Marois, took advantage of this event to highlight the transition between the building's glorious past as a nightclub to its relaunch that took place this year.
The historic edifice in question has roots in the history of Paris. Built in 1885 as a public bath, it was praised by the pen of Marcel Proust, who recalled the pleasant mornings spent in its grandiose spaces. Used as a club from the 70s up to 2010, the tabloids spoke of its role as a destination for the international star system.
Magda Danysz Gallery was in charge of the reopening of Les Bains, which occurred in early 2015, with a multifaceted temporary street art exhibition. And the new formula of the space is just as multifaceted, with it being a luxury hotel, restaurant, bar, wellness center and, ça va sans dire, club.
To appreciate the ephemeral beauty of the relaunch operation, you can find online a photographic platform called “Un Artiste Un Jour” (an artist a day), by photographers Stephane Bisseuil and Jerome Coton.
Photos via Les Bains