Friday Heirloom 102: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Friday Heirloom 102: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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Three words: Fondation Louis Vuitton. One feeling: glamour.

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The stunning building by architect Frank Geary

A few weeks ago, as I was thinking about something special to post for the 100th Heirloom, I decided to re-visit beautiful Fondation Louis Vuitton and its surrounding garden.

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From the first floor (exhibition: “The Fondation’s Collection: A Vision for Painting”)

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Sculpture changing position (“Float”) by Robert Breer

If you’ve never been to it, well, it’s a gigantic structure dedicated to the arts that opened in October 2014 and that is managed by the LVMH Group and its companies.

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Selfie: Double Motif by Nick Mauss

Driven by the mission to serve the public, Fondation LV is committed to making art and culture accessible to everyone and to promoting the arts, nationally and internationally.

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“Auris” by Bernard Frieze

In addition to presenting the works in its collection, the space hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, commissions artists to create site-specific pieces and offers the public the chance to attend cultural events of various kinds.

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Beautifully set Yayoi Kusama (Infinity Room)

The collection of the Fondation is currently made of 268 pieces by 102 artists, dating from the 1960s to today, and it’s constantly evolving. What’s cool — and I believe not so common in France — is that the artworks are also exhibited online!

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One of the exhibitions/performances I loved by Höel Duret on the relationship between nature and technology

You can sense that the Fondation wants to be for everyone. As soon as you enter you’re taken to a different world, and this I believe is what founder Bernard Arnault had in mind through the creation of Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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First time experiencing “Penetrable Blue” by Jesús Rafael Soto

The Fondation (and the way it displays art) aims at breaking traditional rules, as for instance one can see from the exhibit in photo above where you walk through the artwork.

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Playing with Gerard Richter

Creativity and change are keywords at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Maybe a few better than giant LVMH know how fast-paced the world has become and how much of our success as modern societies relates to the ability to keep up with it.

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With beautiful “A bar at the Folies Bergère” by Manet

My favorite temporary exhibition at the Fondation is the Courtauld Collection (downstairs), on until June 17th. Including 110 works starting from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th, the collection (by British art patron Samuel Courtauld) is made up of stunning pieces which you should definitely check out if you can!

Below a few photos of my favorite pieces from the Courtauld Collection:

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Corner of Café-Concert by Manet

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Antibes by Monet

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Apples, bottle and chairback by Cézanne

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Self-portrait with bandaged ear by Van Gogh

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Te Rerioa by Gauguin

All in all, I loved my time at the Fondation and to this day it’s probably my favorite museum in Paris with the Louvre! For more information, remember to check out the website of Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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