Les Bains Street Art

YZ,
courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

JournalArt & Culture

Gone But Not Forgotten

Fleeting street art experiment a welcome reminder of the scene's primal essence...

Inviting the world’s top street art talent to create one-time works and installations that will never be on public display, and are soon to be lost forever, may sound a little extravagant; but when you’re the decaying shell of a nightclub that once hosted the likes of Keith Haring, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Prince, it’s a little easier to understand said extravagance. Space Invader, Futura, STEN LEX, Mr Brainwash… the roll call of art talent is fittingly grand for the benchmark set by the Parisian club’s former clientele; each recently the subject of a daily profile on Les Bains‘ website.

The ephemeral virtual exhibition now a thing of the past, it’s the fleeting works’ future fate that most intrigues – closed in 2010 due to structural complications, Les Bains will now begin its transformation into a swanky hotel. And what of the artworks? Gone, forever. Probably. And in that lies this project’s beauty, for street art — at its very core — is just that; fleeting, transient, unpredictable. In an age where the world’s galleries are brimming with millionaire ‘street artists’, Les Bains’ artist residencies have provided a welcome reminder of the scene’s primal essence. Bravo, encore. Or not.

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

STEN LEX
Les Bains
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

9eme concept
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
credit photo Jerome Coton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

C215/Space Invader
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Cedric Bernadotte
installation dans le restaurant
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil (5)

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

JF-Julian
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Jerome Coton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Thomas Canto
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Jerome Coton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

L’atlas
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Jerome Coton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Sambre
Work in progress
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains, Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Sambre & sowat
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains
photo JeromeCoton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Space Invader
réalisation in situ Les Bains
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Vhils
oeuvres réalisée au marteau piqueur
courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

YZ,
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains
photo Jerome Coton

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

YZ,
courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery,
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

Les Bains 2013, Street Art Residencies

Les Bains Douches entree
courtesy Galerie Magda Danysz
Les Bains
photo Stéphane Bisseuil

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