link.png Fondation Louis Vuitton sets sail← Back

‚Äč

It’s not unusual for fashion houses to make forays into the world of art. Luxury goods conglomerate LVMH is the latest to do so with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an art museum which is to open this Autumn.
 
The concept was first bought to light in 2006. Delays in the process postponed the original opening date, but the time has almost come for LVMH to present its art collection to the world, with the opening date set for the 27th October 2014. Set in Paris’s Jardin d’Acclimatation, which dates back to 1860, the Fondation will be primarily dedicated to art from the 20th and 21st centuries, housing LVMH’s corporate art collection as well as exhibiting commissioned art works and temporary exhibitions.  The building will also include an auditorium. 
 
 
LVMH comissioned Franz Gehry - the architect behind iconic buildings such as Guggenheim Bilbao and the New York Tower - to design the building. Covering 126,000-square-foot, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is made of of 3,600 glass panels in a structure designed to resemble a vessel composed of 12 sails. Arnault explained “We wanted to present Paris with an extraordinary place for art and culture, and demonstrate daring and emotion by entrusting Frank Gehry with the construction of a building that is emblematic of the 21st century.”