Fondation Louis Vuitton – My impressions, why you should definitely not miss it the next time you visit Paris and all the important hard facts here for you!
I was recently in Paris. I absolutely love this city and can imagine myself living there for a while. Every time I have the chance to explore the city of love I try to visit something new. This time I took my time to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Today I am going to share my experience with you.
Paris is the city of fashion and one of the best known fashion brands is probably Louis Vuitton. Autumn 2014 the brand opened their foundation in Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The impressive building by the american architect Frank Gehry sets a new landmark in Paris. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a foundation that beholds artworks of the 20th and 21st century and events curating artists of all genres. The Fondation became a new tourist attraction even for people not interested in the brand or in art.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Before I went to Paris I informed myself about how to get to the foundation and where to buy tickets. Didn’t want to wait in line for hours. So I went on their site Fondation Louis Vuitton which is really well made. You can even explore the exhibition from your home on your computer, which great but can never beat an actual visit. I bought my ticket online but you can also buy it directly at the Fondation, there weren’t too many people when I was there. When you buy your ticket online you choose the date and an approximate time you will be there. The tickets are actually really cheap, I only payed 4 € and they even have a family price.
First things first: How to get there?
Fondation Louis Vuitton offer a shuttle bus for the price of 1 €. It starts near l’arc triomph Charles de Gaulle – Étoile exit n°2 avenue de Friedland. The shuttle bus comes every 10 – 15 minutes and brings you directly to the foundation and back. You cannot miss the bus, it is a cute little bus in white and silver in the design of the foundation.
Close by, the yellow line n° 1 has a stop at „Les Sablons“, from there you have to walk a little.
The bus n° 244 stops at Fonation Louis Vuitton, but only on weekends and holidays.
After I stepped out of the shuttle bus my breath was taken away. The building is incredible. The architect Frank Gehry designed a piece of art. The building is composed of sail like pieces made out of glas, metal and wood. The impressive monument is in the middle of gardens and woods. The foundation is set right on the border of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.
I went straight to the terraces on top of the building. You are covered by the glass construction and the wood but have an incredible view over Paris and the Bois de Boulogne. I felt extremely calm up there. Frank Gehry really created an unique environment. I could have spend hours just on the many terraces enjoying the fresh air and the view. The terraces are composed of different levels and from each one you can see another part of the park around the building.
I dream of designing, in Paris, a magnificent vessel
symbolizing the cultural calling of France.
– Frank Gehry, Architecte
I visited the exhibition end 2015. The themes at that time were Pop and Music/Sound. The exhibitions change every so 6 months.
Music and Sound
The sound and music exhibition was very multissenusal, of course your auditive senses were stimulated the most. I especially loved the white room with folding chairs and metronomes. It was very calm in the room and vis-à-vis each folding chair a metronome hang on the white wall. Each metronome worked on another rhyme. I sat in a chair and concentrated on the one across from me. Very interesting experience. Another great experience was a black room with only two huge screen in them and sounds coming from all directions. It was really dark in this room, the streamed videos didn’t bring a lot of light. So you were in this almost black room and hear sounds from different directions, you almost loose orientation.
I really liked the pop exhibition. A whole room contributed to Warhole and another one with colorful art pieces covering an entire wall. I especially liked the balloons in form of speech bubbles floating on the ceiling.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grillo, 1984 at Fondation Louis Vuitton
Architecture at its finest
As I said before the building is absolutely breathtaking. Frank Gehry truly created a piece of art. On the outside you can follow a wall of columns that are on one side yellow, like in the picture below, and on the other side mirrors. On the end of the wall there is a quite flat waterfall that falls toward the foundation and that can be seen from the big auditorium in the foundation where concerts and speeches are held.
And if you are tired after a long day at the foundation you can sit down in the coffee shop with big gold fished floating over you. In the little library you can find selected art books and little souvenirs.
Architect: Frank Gehry
Opening: October 2014
Exhibition: contemporary art and events
Mo, We, Th: 12am – 7pm
Fr: 12am – 11pm
Sa, Sun: 11am – 8pm
Ticketing: € 4
Shuttle Bus: € 1, start at Place Charles de Gaulle
Hope you get the chance to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
I had a wonderful time there and can only recommend a visit there.