Fondation Louis Vuitton
An iceberg at the heart of Paris, a glass structure floating over Bois de Boulogne...
The Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurated a glass-ship that will take you on a journey through contemporary art.
A Powerful Encounter
This architectural masterpiece is actually the result of a meeting between two powerful personalities.
One is Frank Gehry, the American architect whose famous designs include the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the New York Tower. The other is Bernard Arnault, the Foundation’s CEO and a patron committed to promote and support contemporary art.
Together, they have created an exceptional place, a 21st century landmark, in one of the most beautiful gardens of Paris, the Jardin d’acclimatation.
Dubbed a new work of monumental public architecture, the Foundation’s glass sails (which required special software to design) are unlike anything that anyone, including Frank Ghery, has ever done before.
An intricate play of entangled wooden and steel beams serves as support to 12 glass sails reflecting the light. The transparent, multi-shaped sails reveal the bright white structure underneath, nicknamed the “iceberg,” and are also reflected in a sunken lake.
Sail into Contemporary and Modern Art
Scattered to the four winds of modern and contemporary art, the spectacular 3 500 square meters of total surface comprises:
- Eleven permanent and temporary exhibition galleries. Four themes for the permanent collection—contemplative, Pop art, Expressionism, and music/sound— will feature works from renowned artists such as: Christian Boltanski, Alberto Giacometti, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe…
- A modular auditorium, hidden beneath parquet floor panels, can be rotated up in various configurations. The venue dedicated to multidisciplinary performances can accommodate up to 1000 seats.
- Le Frank, the café-restaurant, supervised by Michelin starred Chef Jean-Louis Nomicos, opens from lunch through the aperitif “Champagne Hour,” Wed-Mon, and for dinner, Wed-Sun.
Not to mention, the exhilarating experience on the three outdoor terraces! The patios provide magnificent (unobstructed) views of the Defence 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 then that of the Eiffel Tower.