Friday 31 October 2014

Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Last Monday, October 27th 2014, the Fondation Louis devoted to contemporary art opened its doors in Paris' Bois de Boulogne, the famous park on the west side of Paris, located next to the Jardin d'Acclimatation.


My Instagram of Fondation Louis Vuitton for the occasion of the 

An immense vessel in glass, wood and metal, it is the brainchild of Frank Gehry, the American architect to whom we owe the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Prague’s Dancing House. A daringly architectural cloud, it has been intriguing visitors to the Bois de Boulogne and lovers of contemporary art for several months, long before it opened to the public today. The Fondation Louis Vuitton was conceived by Bernard Arnault, President of the LVMH group and Christian Dior SA, to promote contemporary art by housing both his own collection and two temporary exhibitions annually. It’s a major project, reflected in the dimensions of the grandiose dream it contains. Building it required six years of work, 13500m2 of glass panels, but especially some great feats of technical innovation.  

'We wanted to offer Paris an extraordinary space for art and culture and pull out all the stops when it comes to boldness and emotion by entrusting to Frank Gehry the task of creating a building that would be emblematic of the 21 st century,” explains Bernard Arnault.

In addition to the permanent collection, which gathers together works by the greatest names in 20th and 21st-century art, visitors will discover an exhibition devoted to the building itself. It offers a daydream promenade, courtesy of Janet Cardiff and George B. Miller. It boasts a light installation by Olafur Eliasson, who has taken over the pool area surrounds. There’s also a musical sculpture created by Cerith Wyn Evans, which seems to transpose the building’s characteristics into sound. And that’s just for starters. So many works celebrating creativity and daring in all their forms and which Dior's creative director Raf Simons, a great lover of contemporary creation, came to admire at its glittering inauguration event.

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Photo Credit / Source: Fondation Louis Vuitton
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As a brand, Louis Vuitton is about travel, and Nicolas Ghesquière is shouldering the responsibility for that as much as Frank Gehry did in the shape of his building. Ghesquière made the smart decision not to compete with the architecture (who could?). Instead, he led his audience below stairs into a darkened ship’s engine-room. The lights went off, the walls lit and became video screens. Huge projections of the faces of girls and boys of many ethnicities spoke in unison in words synthetized from 20 voices. Right here and now, they announced, Louis Vuitton was about to “explore any part of the universe without moving.”

My Instagram of the digital art installation at
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