A new museum dedicated to street art has opened in Paris
A brand new museum dedicated to street art has opened its doors in Paris, France. Located in the Batignolles neighbourhood in the 17th arrondissement, the Art 42 collection includes over 150 works from a host of street artists in a multitude of styles, including Banksy, Speed Graphito, Boris, Miss Van, Swoon and Jacques Villeglé.
Covering everything from graffiti to installations via digital media, over 20 artists are now on show across four basement rooms.
Speaking about the museum, curator Nicolas Laugero Lasserre said: “urban art (street art and post-graffiti) transport a universal message that makes us question society and essential values of humanity. For several years already, street art took over the biggest museum in the world: the street".
He added: “this way, it represents a wide range of open dialogues, as different as its artists and the reason why it belongs to art history. The project Art 42 has been created to allow everybody to discover this art that doesn't have a permanent exhibition in France yet, and give it a better visibility".
The museum is only open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and although entry is free, those wishing to visit must email Art 42 to reserve a time. If you want to see more street art in Paris, head to the working-class neighbourhood of Belleville where everything from walls to window shutters are covered in urban artwork and a number of creative workshops are on offer.