THE LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION OPENS

November 18, 2014 1:53 PM

After 13 years in the making, another must-see sight has opened in Paris, the Louis Vuitton Foundation.  Already privately attended by Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, French President Francois Hollande, and Dior’s Raf Simons, the much-anticipated Foundation museum is now open to the public. Commissioned by LMVH chairman Bernard Arnault and designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the museum of contemporary art is Paris’ first privately funded institution.  Inspired by the lightness of glass and Los Angeles’ downtown Disney, Gehry constructed the gallery with curved, transparent glass that covers “iceberg” blocks to imitate the design of a yacht: leading the building to earn its nickname the Iceberg. 

Located next to the Bois de Boulogne park, The Louis Vuitton Foundation is worth a reported $134 million and contains 11 galleries composed of temporary and permanent exhibitions.  The exhibits focus on modern and contemporary art, covering everything from pop art to expressionism to musical performances.   Among the artists featured in the permanent collection are Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pierre Huyghe, Ellsworth Kelly, Bertrand Lavier, and previous Louis Vuitton collaborator Takashi Murakami.  Meanwhile, fashion certainly remains a focus for the Foundation as it will house future Louis Vuitton runway shows in the main auditorium space.    

The gallery will also present three inaugurations, from October 2014 to September 2015, starting with an exhibit dedicated to the Foundation’s building and other amazing architectural achievements.  The Frank Gehry exhibition will be open until March 2015 and contains works from the construction including the original drawings and models for the building.

For more information on the Foundation and how to attend, visit foundationlouisvuitton.com. 

 

WRITTEN BY: EMILY DOOLEY

PHOTO CREDIT: LOUIS VUITTON

 

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