If you’re in Paris this week and in need of some shelter from the heat wave, these two galleries (within 15 minutes walk from each other) have you covered. Les Bains at Magda Danysz Gallery is a photo exhibit featuring street artists that took over the former Parisian club, Les Bains Douches. Over in le Marais, Galerie Daniel Templon features two David Lachapelle series, Still Life and Last Supper.
To appreciate the Les Bains exhibit, one must understand that this legendary 80s club in Paris was the equivalent of Studio 54 in its heyday. The club closed 3 years ago and is staged to become a new luxury hotel in its next life. Earlier this year, 50 street and graffiti artists including Space Invader, Skki, Jef Aerosol and Futura were invited to the space to make their mark prior to construction. The entire space was closed during the artists’ residency. Stéphane Bisseuil and Jérôme Coton were the only photographers permitted to photograph the works.
While I could only imagine how amazing it must have been to see the works in person at Les Bains, the photographers had a way of documenting each artists’ vision in such a vivid way that makes you appreciate not only the art but the unique and nostalgic space. If only the new hotel would incorporate the artwork..
UNTIL July 27, 2013 – Tuesday to Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 2pm – 7pm
In the heart of Le Marais at Galerie Daniel Templon, David LaChapelle presents two series titled Still Life and Last Supper. Ever obsessed with celebrity culture and the American dream, Still Life features celebrity portraits of broken wax figures. Michael Jackson, Princess Diana and a collage of unnamed politicians are highlighted. Additionally, a selection of floral arrangements – more typical yet with kitsch elements – are displayed. Across the street the exhibit continues with Last Supper, a play on da Vinci’s masterpiece via religious figures with floating heads and hands.
UNTIL July 26, 2013 – 10am – 7pm