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In 1885, Les Bains-Douches was Paris’s most famous municipal bathhouses. Once the popularity of the bathhouse faded, Les Bains-Douche became one of the city’s hottest nightclubs, simplifying it’s name to Les Bains.

Throughout the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s, the club reigned supreme in the paris social scene, drawing celebrities from all corners of the globe for lavish partying and earning a name for itself amongst the social elite. However, as a result of faulty construction, the building was declared a safety hazard in 2010 and will soon be completely renovated to be re-opened in 2014 as La Société des Bains.

While the building prepares for its facelift, owner Jean-Pierre Marois invited 50 street artists commissioned by Magda Danysz Gallery to use the decaying building as a canvas for their artwork. Since January artists have each been taking their time completing works inside the makeshift gallery, which will never be opened to the public. Instead, photographers Jérôme Coton and Stéphane Bisseuil documented the progress, showcasing an artist a day working inside the space.

The project was wrapped on May 4th, and can be seen online on the website for Les Bains.

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