Fondation Louis Vuitton – contemporary art in central Paris
Said to resemble an iceberg, or even a set of glass sails, the Fondation Louis Vuitton takes visitors on a journey through contemporary art right in the heart of Paris.
A Powerful Encounter
This architectural masterpiece is actually the result of a meeting between two powerful personalities; Frank Gehry - the American architect whose designs include the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the New York Tower; and Bernard Arnault, the Foundation’s CEO and a committed patron to promoting and supporting contemporary art. Together, they have created an exceptional space; a 21st century landmark, in one of Paris’s most beautiful gardens - the Jardin d’acclimatation.
Known as a work of monumental public architecture, the Foundation’s glass sails (which required special software to design) are unlike anything that anyone, including Frank Gehry, has ever done before. An intricate game of entangled wooden and steel beams supports 12 glass sails that that reflect the light, giving passers-by the impression they’re floating.
The transparent, multi-shaped sails reveal the bright white structure underneath - nicknamed the “iceberg,” – they also reflect in the gardens’ sunken lake.
Sail into Contemporary and Modern Art
Scattered to the four winds of modern and contemporary art, the spectacular 3,500 m2 of the Foundation include:
- Eleven permanent and temporary exhibition galleries;
- There are four themes for the permanent collection: Contemplative, Pop art, Expressionism, and Music/sound. These spaces feature works from renowned artists such as: Christian Boltanski, Alberto Giacometti, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, to name a few.
- A modular auditorium, hidden beneath parquet floor panels, which can be rotated up in various configurations. The venue dedicated specifically to multidisciplinary performances can accommodate up to 1,000 seats
- Le Frank - the café-restaurant – is overseen by Michelin starred Chef Jean-Louis Nomicos. It opens from lunchtime until the apéritif ‘Champagne Hour’ on Wednesday to Monday, and for dinner on Wednesday to Sunday.
Not to mention, the exhilarating experience on the three outdoor terraces! The patios provide magnificent (unobstructed) views of the Défense neighbourhood, the Bois de Boulogne, and the Eiffel Tower.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne
Fun Fact: The construction of the Fondation Louis Vuitton required more steel than the Eiffel Tower