October 27, 2014: Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened on Monday, October 27, 2014
The Fondation serves as Paris’ new cultural space for the promotion of contemporary art both in France and internationally.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the building was designed by the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Tucked away in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the cloud-shaped glass building emerges from the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
The Fondation’s purpose is to support art and creation, and to promote its national and international outreach by welcoming all audiences. The museum’s collections and cultural programs will continue the tradition of artistic and creative movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The monument consists of galleries divided between permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and artists’ commissions. The space also comprises an auditorium designed for multi-disciplinary performances and events. Large terraces accessible throughout the museum beckon with stunning views of Paris and of the vast green expanse of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the inspiration for Gehry’s transparent glass structure.
Frank Gehry’s architecture for the foundation will be displayed as part of the Museum's inaugural program. The exhibition will coincide with the first comprehensive retrospective show of Gehry’s work in Europe featured at the Centre Pompidou in October 2014.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a private cultural initiative dedicated to art and artists. The Museum represents a new chapter in LVMH’s extensive patronage of art and culture initiated more than twenty years ago in France and in the world.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne