This book traces the amazing adventure of collaboration between Jean-Pierre Marois owner of Bains Douches and Magda Danysz Director of MD Galleries
who have set up an unrealistic project to make 50 artists taking part in 3000 m² during 4 months to create masterful but ephemeral works, the place being destined to be renovated into a luxury hotel.
In June 2010, a court interdict sanctioning unauthorised building works almost spelt the end of the line for the most famous of all Parisian bath houses, despite nearly 130 years of history and multiple different incarnations.
In 2011, we, as longstanding landlords of the site, founded La Société des Bains, in order to rescue, renovate and preserve this icon of Parisian life.
Since then, renovation of Les Bains has been progressing daily, with absolute respect for the spirit of the place. Vincent Bastie is charged with the complete refurbishment of the building and Tristan Auer and Denis Montel/RDAI, the interior design. Architecturally speaking, these projects will be sensitive to the multiple layers of the history of the Bains Douches, preserving their legacy, while employing a redeeming spirit of innovation and eschewing any cloying nostalgia.
Les Bains will be born again in the summer of 2014, for another long life to come. Occupying the entirety of the building, it will be a hybrid venue ? a private residence, a hotel, a club? ? it will be a chic, inventive, transcultural, bohemian, historic, welcoming and elegant venue? Something novel.
But there will be a time of gestation before the tired, old building can undergo its wonderful metamorphosis: while awaiting its imminent transformation, the building now lies vacant for the first time in 128 years. In keeping with the artistic soul of the place, we have transformed this dead time into a fleeting, creative buzz. Les Bains will host an Artists? Residency, and the whole building will be offered as a giant canvas for a plethora of urban artists commissioned by Magda Danysz. Colombe de La Taille/ADL Conseil will handle the whole event communication.
A new generation of international talents will create an ephemeral artwork within and on the very walls which witnessed Proust and Basquiat, Joy Division, Warhol and Prince. A symbolic gesture to renew ties with a marvelous history and usher in a glorious future, a manifesto for proclaiming that the Bains Douches that we love so much, will survive? Long live Les Bains !
It?s the first page of LA SOCIETE DES BAINS and the return of the Bains Douches society.