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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.

A student works next to street art that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the 'Art 42' Urban Art museum in Paris on September 12, 2016. The first entrance free and permanent street art museum in France will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the 'Nuit Blanche' on October 1, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum.
A student works next to street art that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the ‘Art 42’ Urban Art museum in Paris.  Image by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Covering everything from graffiti to installations via digital media, over 20 artists are now on show across four basement rooms.

People chat next to wall decorated with street art at the 'Art 42' Urban Art museum in Paris on September 12, 2016. The first entrance free and permanent street art museum in France will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the 'Nuit Blanche' on October 1, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum.
People chat next to wall decorated with street art at the ‘Art 42’ Urban Art museum in Paris.  Image by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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”.

Pieces of street art (fromL) Doves (Black) by US artist Shepard Fairey, Loading... by French artist Rero and 'Spray on DUREX metal dispenser' made from a condom dispensing machine and showing a portrait of former French Economy Minister Dominique Strauss Kahn by French artist C215, are displayed at the Street Art Museum, housed at the 'Art 42' Urban Art museum in Paris on September 12, 2016. The first entrance free and permanent street art museum in France will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the 'Nuit Blanche' on October 1, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum.
Pieces of street art (fromL) Doves (Black) by US artist Shepard Fairey, Loading… by French artist Rero and ‘Spray on DUREX metal dispenser’ made from a condom dispensing machine and showing a portrait of former French Economy Minister Dominique Strauss Kahn by French artist C215, are displayed at the Street Art Museum, housed at the ‘Art 42’ Urban Art museum in Paris. Image by AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ/ Getty Images

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”.

Students walk past an artwork by US artists Faile (Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller) that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the 'Ecole 42' computer programming school, in Paris on September 12, 2016. The first entrance free and permanent street art museum in France will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the 'Nuit Blanche' on October 1, 2016. Around 150 works of art by 50 street artist are on display at the museum.
Students walk past an artwork by US artists Faile (Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller) that is part of the collection of French collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at the street art museum, housed at the ‘Ecole 42’ computer programming school, in Paris. Image by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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.