Bordering the Bois de Boulogne along the western edge of Paris, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton unveiled its most recent foray into the world of modern art. Proudly displayed between Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin d'Acclimatation, a new structure - designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry - will open on October 27, 2014, as The Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art.
Gehry, known for his titanium-laden Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - among many others - drew heavily from Paris' Grand Palais and other glass structures when designing the Louis Vuitton Museum. Gehry's architectural style is easily recognizable, and often defined as Deconstructivist, for its ability to extend beyond the realm of classical structure definitions, venturing away from the belief that form must follow function. These conceptual departures are displayed prominently in much of Ghery's work, evident through the asymmetrical sweeping lines, and protruding forms, that while lacking utility, serve primarily as grand aesthetic embellishments.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art stays true to Ghery's trademark stylings, despite having to design and build around the zoning-restricted two-storey building that existed in its place beforehand. Atop the original structure, Ghery's design is most prominent. Using glass as the primary medium, Gehry's design mimics sails on a ship, with massive translucent glass-sails extending upwards, creating an enveloping canopy over the museum. The newly renovated and redesigned building houses, 11 separate galleries - totaling 41,441 square feet, a 350-seat auditorium, and multiple upper-level terraces for art installations and social events.
Inside the Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art
The work populating the galleries and installations has yet to be announced, but believed to be a combination of art owned by the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Bernard Arnault - chairman of French luxury goods conglomerate- LVMH, and various commissioned works by current contemporary artists. Bernard Arnault's personal art collection includes one-of-a-kind pieces by Picasso, Warhol, and Klein, some of which are rumored to be displayed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum of Contemporary Arts.
Making your home in a city that already houses some of the rarest and most comprehensive collections of multi-era art can be a difficult undertaking, but by the looks of it, Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum of Contemporary Arts will have very little trouble solidifying itself as a pilgrimage site for art and design enthusiasts visiting Paris.
Entry fees for the museum will be €14.00 (approximately $17.75) compared to the ever-popular Lourve, where entry fees are €12.00 (approximately $15.20). Either way, both are fair prices for the opportunity to bask in awe of some of the world's greatest art, from sculpture and installation, to painting and architecture.
Eager to be the first to explore Louis Vuitton's museum, the Louvre, and more? Why not let Auto Europe be your guide, as you discover Paris, and all the incredible attractions it has to offer.