Louis Vuitton Foundation (Museum): It’s not about the bags


Bernard Arnault commissioned Frank Gehry to design a museum that opened to the public in the Bois du Bologne (equivalent to Golden Gate Park) in 2014.  There are artistic commissions for artists who are invited to produce art in harmony with the building, works from the Louis Vuitton art collection, and special exhibits (next blog post).  For now this is about the building itself.  The geometry of the structure matches the shapes of the surrounding park and the twelve sails play with light and reflections of water from the basin the building “floats” on.  While this posting focuses on mostly the exterior (some views from inside) I was most impressed with how well art fits into this space and is not overwhelmed by it.

Note: we are in Jerusalem but grandchildren are occupying our attention at the moment so blogging about the couple of days spend in Paris.  Will get to Jerusalem sites in due course.

This aerial view of the museum obviously was not taken by me but is a great one for seeing the overall building.
This aerial view of the museum obviously was not taken by me but is a great one for seeing the overall building.

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Model shows the inner workings: galleries, offices, restaurant, etc.

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Adrian Villar Rojas, "Where the Slaves Live", 2014, found objects
Adrian Villar Rojas, “Where the Slaves Live”, 2014, found objects

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A good way to see how Gehry approaches architecture as a sculptural practice.
A good way to see how Gehry approaches
architecture as a sculptural practice.

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