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Global law firm Baker McKenzie has joined forces with Nicolas Laugero Lasserre,  a dedicated collector of street art, president of Art42 and director of ICART (school of management of art culture and the art market), to celebrate urban art through its next exhibition “Urban Art”. On May 24, the Firm will open its doors to its clients for a private viewing of work from particularly well known street artists within the sumptuous decor of Baker McKenzie’s private Parisian mansion, at 1 rue Paul Baudry, a stone’s throw from the Champs Elysées. The common ambition of the two partners is to support the democratisation of this art in an ecosystem that is in the process of complete social and digital transformation. 

This is the first time that a private location  has had the honour of hosting twenty  works of art – often monumental in size – from the collection belonging to Nicolas Laugero Lasserre. This unique private viewing will begin by a reception to be  held  on  Thursday, May 24 from 7.30 p.m. at the Baker McKenzie offices, which used to be a private mansion belonging to Humbert de Wendel, a famous 19th century business man. Having started life as an underground movement, urban art has come a long way since the 60s. This contemporary artistic movement comprises all the forms of art produced in the street or in public places and encompasses various techniques such as spray paint graffiti, wheatpasted poster art, stencil art, mosaics, sticker art, posters or ephemeral installations. This art, seen by a wide public, has now snuck into the Parisian offices of one of the world leaders in international business law, in “private” mode. 

By taking an unusual artistic path, Baker McKenzie is reinventing its work space

In each of the rooms of the private mansion, the clients will be able to admire the works of the well-known artists who are writing the history of urban art: Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, Jef Aerosol, Bault, Okuda, Madame, Dran, Momo, Gris 1, Pantonio JR, Banksy and Invader. This exhibition reflects back on Baker McKenzie’s culture and spirit of innovation. Back in 2017 already, the firm launched the first ever ”break the codes” programme: the first hackathon organised by a law firm, in partnership with 42 and Schoolab with the aim of imagining the business law firm of tomorrow.

During the initial reception, the Monkey Bird crew will give a "live" performance on a large wall in the private mansion gardens.  

Baker McKenzie, a firm which promotes artistic creation. 

Baker McKenzie is a committed Firm, a fervent patron of the arts and of photography in particular. Since March 2015, the firm has organised four major art exhibitions. The first was devoted to “Women photographers”, an event   which defended adversity, a theme that is dear to lawyers. The second took place during the COP21, to affirm the company’s commitment to saving the planet. This exhibition, rich in colours and titled “The Earth: our sublime Noah’s Ark”  brought together about thirty works by six top photographers: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Eric Bouvet, Alain Buu, Reza, Sebastião Salgado and Hans Silvester. The third exhibition was organised in partnership with MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) and led to the edition of a work of art - "A Library" – whose proceeds went to the MEP funds. Lastly, in 2017, the firm joined up with the Templon art gallery for an exhibition of the most recent works of art by painter Philippe Cognée: a mixture of painting and ceramics which raises questions as to the role of visual arts in a society where image, under the effects of new technologies, is both omnipresent and impoverished. 

“Setting up street art in our premises, whose decor dates back to 1854, is a real challenge. Not only is this a message from lawyers ready to overthrow the conservative order of things and stake their claim for a place in the modern world, but also a humoristic touch from a law Firm which know how to take itself not too seriously” stated Arnaud Cabanes, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Paris. “We met Nicolas Laugero Lasserre at 42, where he was exhibiting works from his collection and where  Baker McKenzie has organised several events (including a  hackathon) to introduce our lawyers to the culture of innovation and the different working methods of the famous “digital era”. Baker McKenzie is not afraid to break the codes of the profession”.     

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