Fondation Louis Vuitton

Art 16e arrondissement
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Fondation Louis Vuitton
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The Fondation Louis Vuitton modern art gallery opened in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris’s second largest public park, in October 2014. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the impressive new space plays host to Louis Vuitton Group CEO Bernard Arnault’s art collection. 

Visually stunning, the FLV is shell-shaped and made up of twelve glass sails that soar above the park's greenery. Inside is a huge auditorium and 3,850m2 of exhibition space divided into eleven galleries; comparatively modest next to Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

Skeptics see this new building as an excessive expense on the Louis Vuitton Group’s part: A trophy rather than an innovative art gallery that simply goes to show the luxury goods industry’s hold over modern art. The gallery is pointedly located in the wealthy outskirts of Paris, and you won't find any new young talents on the program – Bernault’s philanthropy is more likely to boost his artistic investments rather than lend a hand to struggling artists.  

Nonetheless, this grandiose modern art gallery will excel where it intends to: welcoming the celebrities of contemporary art to its walls. While it may not revolutionise our cultural landscape, it should enable Paris to see some of the world's greatest works of art in a beautiful setting. 

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Venue name: Fondation Louis Vuitton
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Address: 8
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
Paris
16eme
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm
Transport: Metro: Les Sablons
Price: €5-32
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Poppy F

Beautiful building - but be warned that this may be all you see. We paid for a full price family ticket, but then when we were admitted found that virtually all the advertised exhibitions were closed. A huge disappointment and a scandalous rip-off. The building is however absolutely stunning, as are the surroundings.

Derry C

My fav and the only fav contemporary gallery in Paris. The surrounding view's equipped with a charming atmosphere