A Grand Season in Paris
ICONIC ART |M.T.
It is a grand project immersed in the greenery of the Parisian suburbs: a brilliant galleon covered by twelve glass sails, totaling 12,000 square meters. The Fondation Louis Vuitton of Paris was designed and created by genius Frank O.
Gehry, the famous architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao. It is totally immersed in the wonderful Bois de Boulogne park, one of the largest and most visited in the capital, located along the Seine just outside Paris.
The Canadian architect has always experimented with new shapes and layouts, and here makes an open and bold use of materials such as wood, glass, and sheet metal for the entire structure, celebrating the parent company with the letters LV brilliantly placed on the façade. The building’s majesty is counterbalanced by its position in the park, its soft and extravagant natural lines, and the lighting and reflections that flood the museum’s large halls.
The space hosts permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and cultural events concerning contemporary art in all its forms. The autumn and winter seasons have a full calendar of exhibitions scheduled. It starts with a duo – a clash between “titans” Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat, on display from October 2 until February 14. Then from February 20 it’s time for pastels, landscapes, and Parisian cafés: a collection that Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) desired and built will arrive with the exhibition The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism, made possible with collaboration from the Courtauld Gallery.