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The Fondation Louis Vuitton, set to open this autumn

September 18, 2014 • Property & Design

Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVHM conglomerate, announced the opening date of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, devoted to contemporary art. This impressive glass vessel should open October 20th and will home various modern art collections.

 

Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The setting up of the infrastructure devoted to the promotion of contemporary art is one of LVMH’s long term projects. Launched eight years ago, this project will bear a magnificent building of a sophisticated and modern architecture.

If it is possible to see the buildings outline, the Fondation’s official opening will be next October. The luxury group’s CEO, Bernard Arnault explained that the building will be accessible for free during the three days preceding its official opening.

On the other hand, it will be only be open to the public starting October 27th. Visitors will discover various art works belonging to the foundation. The museum will also host temporary exhibitions. “Certain artists will create exclusive pieces for the foundation. I will be very involved in this choice”, explained Bernard Arnault.

 

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The Fondation LVMH, a building out of the ordinary

The building hosting this new institution was erected at the edge of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, in Paris. Representing a large vessel, the building’s walls stretch upward in the middle of nature, like large glass sails.

Extending over 11 700 m2, the museum was designed by the architect Frank Gehry. 12 glass walls, some over 40 metres high, surround the central room creating subtle lighting effects.

Jean-Paul Claverie, Bernard Arnault’s counsel, added, “The sails are inflated by the Parisian spirit […] Lyrical, expressive, grandiose and poetic, this building signed Frank Gehry is very creative, yet it is in harmony with its natural surroundings”.

The architect’s work and talent will be highlighted during the foundation’s official inauguration, as well as a retrospective on his building at the Centre Pompidou.

 

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton is the object of a long term lease. Hence, the institution pays a licence fee to the city of Paris, who will become the building’s owner after 55 years.

 

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