Foundation Louis Vuitton

The Foundation Louis Vuitton, located in the Jardin d’Acclimation in Paris, finally opened its doors to the public on October 27th.  The goal is to introduce the widest possible audience to 20th and 21st century art, which the institution will do through exhibitions of works of the period’s great artists.  They will promote and support contemporary art to a wider French and international public.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton was designed by American architect Frank Gehry, who drew his inspiration from Palais d’Hiver and the Palmarium, two glass and steel structures that graced the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the 19th century.

The idea started in 2001 when Bernard Arnault met with Frank Gehry after visiting Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain with a thought of a collaborative project of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. In 2006, the birth of the Foundation was announced and in 2010 Frank Gehry exposed his model at the Centre Pompidou Metz during the inaugural exhibition “Masterpieces”.

From October 8th, 2014 to January 26th, 2015, an exhibition of Frank Gehry’s masterpieces are being showcased at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  The original sketches and models of the Foundation Louis Vuitton are shown, as well as many other masterpieces.

The original model of the Foundation Louis Vuitton. First exposed to the public in 2010.

Sketches of Foundation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry

The front and back view of the final model of Foundation Louis Vuitton

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Foundation Louis Vuitton’s Official website here.

Written by: Jessica Manno