Les Bains-Douches was built as a municipal bathhouse in Paris in 1885. More recently, it became one of the city's hottest nightclubs, frequented by Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Andy Warhol – even Kate Moss.
The building will be demolished on Monday and a luxury hotel will take its place. The owner, Jean-Pierre Marois, offered residency to street artists with total creative freedom in this 3,000 m2 space, curated by the gallery owner Magda Danysz.
“It's a building with a soul, a very iconic place. I thought I should invite some artists to use it as a canvas,” says Marois.
Visits are by invitation only, and visitors must sign a disclaimer stating they enter at their own risk. This isn't overcautious – floors are torn up, live wires hang from ceilings.
The 50 artists in residence include Futura, Sowat and Sambre, whose massive “Disco Ball” (pictured) made of ripped-up floorboards, is suspended between the third and fourth floors.
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