At last! The Foundation Louis Vuitton (FLV), modern art gallery, opened in the Bois de Bologne, Paris on October 2014. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the impressive new space plays host to Louis Vuitton Group CEO Bernard Arnault’s art collection.
The Bois de Bologne is the second largest public park in Paris. And visually, the FLV is stunning. Shell-shaped and comprised of twelve glass sails; it soars above the park’s greenery. Inside there is a huge auditorium, 3,850 m2 of exhibition space divided into eleven galleries. Comparatively it is modest when compared to Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
Skeptics see this new building as an excessive expense on the Louis Vuitton Group’s part; a trophy, rather than an innovative art gallery. Some assert it simply goes to show the luxurious goods that industries hold over modern art. The gallery is notedly located in the wealthy outskirts of Paris. And you won’t find any new young talents on the program. Perhaps Bernault’s philanthropy is more likely to boost his artistic investments, rather than lend a hand to struggling artists.
Nonetheless, this grandiose modern art gallery will excel where it intends to, welcoming the celebrities of contemporary art to its walls. While it may not revolutionise our cultural landscape, It should enable Paris to see some of the world’s greatest works of art. And what a beautiful setting!
Paris is always beautiful. But my favorite season to spend a few days in the city, is springtime. Spring brings an enthusiastic blossoming of exhibition openings and music festivals. And people flock to terrace cafés, filling gardens with picnicking families.
I especially recommend going to the Luxembourg Gardens and curling up with a nice book for a few hours.