French luxury goods conglomerate Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) will open the Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris on 27 October.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is located in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne park.
Designed by American architect Frank Gehry and commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the building resembles a cloud of glass as it will be covered by twelve glass sails having a total of 3,600 panes.
The building will be an assembly of white blocks referred as the ‘iceberg’, giving it its volume, lightness and vitality, the architect said.
Arnault said the company 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.
The museum will not only showcase the contemporary art collections and programmes of France, but will encourage and promote the artistic creation in both France and international markets.
It will feature exhibition galleries dedicated to permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. It will also house a flexible auditorium for performances and events.
The building’s terraces offer panoramic views of Paris and the greenery of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Arnault said the building is a new space that opens up a dialogue with a wider public and provides artists and intellectuals with a platform for debate and reflection.
In its inaugural programme, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will showcase the architectural project created by Frank Gehry for the foundation.