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.
|Venue name:||Fondation Louis Vuitton|
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 12pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Les Sablons|
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When I was living in Paris, this museum was still being built and upon my return earlier this year for a short holiday, I thought it would be interesting to pay it a visit. As in the description, it is located in the Bois de Boulogne, which is slightly away from the city centre but still very accessible. Especially because the museum operates a shuttle van that picks you up from one of the spokes of the Arc de Triomphe. It does come at a price, but it's rather small fee and worth riding in on such an adorable shuttle bus!
When my friend and I came in February 2017, we had to wait about 1 hour 30 minutes in the queue, as we didn't pre-book tickets. This was probably the worst part because it was the heart of winter and it was pretty cold standing outside. Moreover, with the additional security checks at the entrance, it does take a while to actually enter the premises. However, I thought it was worth it in the end.
There were a few rooms that didn't interest me as much as others but where I still managed to find some parts interesting. It's not a very large museum, so my friend and I spent about 1 hour and 30 minutes browsing the various rooms. It could probably be even quicker if you know beforehand what you do and you don't want to see. But don't forget to pay the rooftop a visit before you leave! It had some nice views, and it felt really nice and fresh to be outdoors after browsing the museum.
The architecture of the museum was a nice display of modernity - with the sharp edges and bright colours on the exterior. It was nice to then take pictures of the museum against the nature of the Bois de Boulogne.
Incredible architecture and great juxtaposition with the trees next to it. The Samuel Courtauld Collection had a good range of Impressionist painters. We also got to see the gallery with Joan Mitchell paintings in it. Wish we had more time to go around!
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.
My fav and the only fav contemporary gallery in Paris. The surrounding view's equipped with a charming atmosphere