Fondation Louis Vuitton – Architecture + Art + Food

“I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolizes France’s profound culture vocation” – Frank Gehry

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ARCHITECTURE

Commissioned in 2006 by the LVMH Group as a contemporary art and performance space, The Fondation Loius Vuitton Building is a ‘Masterpiece”. Designed to look like a sailboat, Frank Gehry took his inspiration from the lightness of late 19th-century glass and garden architecture.

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The building is constructed from 3600 glass panels that make up the sails, 19000 fibre-reinforced concrete that gives the ‘iceberg’ (wall clad in white Ductal panels) its flawless whiteness. The support structure for the glass sails is made from a network of steel and glue-laminated larch timber beams.

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The entrance with the enormous shining “LV” brooch.
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The Lobby

ART

The museum houses a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art belonging to the Foundation.
Eleven galleries provide 3,850 square meters (41,441 square feet) of exhibition space to house temporary shows and a permanent collection, which include works borrowed from Arnault’s personal collection. There’s also an auditorium that seats 350 – 1000.

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Top Left: From the series The Theater of Disappearance, 2018 by Adrián Villar Rojas
Bottom: The Octopus Eats Its Own leg, 2017 by Takashi Murakami
Top Right: L’avalanche, 2006 by François Morellet
Centre: “a.k.a Gero Tan : Noah’s Ark”, 2016 by Takashi Murakami
Bottom Right: Water Cast 6, 2015 by Matthew Barney
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Inside the horizon, 2013 – Olafur Eliasson
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Felix the Cat, 2013 by Mark Leckey

FOOD

There’s a restaurant on-site Le Frank which is noted for its sophisticated mix of French and international cuisine. The restaurant is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos(had to google the guy).

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I settled for a starter salad as the main menu had no vegetarian option. A bit of a disappointment if you have to ask me. The highlight was definitely the dessert, it tasted as good as it looked.

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Romaine lettuce and lightly smoked corn, pomegranate and avocado starter
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“Avalanche” dessert (My highlight) 
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“Avalanche” – intense vanilla velvet, strawberries and pistachio

A splendid way to end an enlighting afternoon at the museum.

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The museum is unfortunately still closed as the world still navigates the Global Pandemic, they are scheduled to open on the 23rd September.

Location:
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
75116 – Paris

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