Computer academy Ecole 42 has been known to disrupt traditional spaces since its advent as a tuition-free institution, helmed by billionaire tech entrepreneur Xavier Niel. In its latest move, the location will transform twice a week into France’s first museum dedicated to street art, going by the name Art 42. Longtime street art collector and head of the ICART’s art management school Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre offered to donate his collection to be on display throughout the school’s floors, which features 150 works from artists including Banksy, Shephard Fairey and JR. Aiming to promote the movement of street art, Laugero-Lasserre wanted to have his collection accessible to a wider audience for free, which is why he chose Ecole 42’s democratic environment. Students of the academy volunteer to walk visitors around the museum, which only opens to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. To reserve a time to visit and learn more about the collection, head over to Art 42’s website.
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