The latest addition to the Parisian art scene is the imposing Fondation Louis Vuitton, located in the 16th arrondissement of the French capital. The building, also known as “The Glass Ship”, was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, “the most important architect of our age”, if you want to believe Vanity Fair.
Fondation Louis Vuitton – The story
Fondation Louis Vuitton stands next to Jardin d’Acclimatation, inaugurated in 1860 by Emperor Napoleon the Third and Empress Eugenia. Since the 19th century, Jardin d’Acclimatation has been an important recreational space for the Parisians.
Construction of “The Glass Ship” begun in March 2008. It is said that Frank Gehry wanted his work to be at one with nature: “Like a ship floating in the middle of trees”. What do you think? Did he succeed?
Olafur Eliasson – “Contact”
Olafur Eliasson’s “Contact” was one of the ongoing exhibitions on the day of our visit. I was so overwhelmed by the intensity of the Icelander’s work, that I left the museum feeling confused. “Would I have enjoyed the building as much, if it was not for Olafur’s exhibition?”. Even our 6-year-old had immense fun “challenging” the artist’s light and sound installations, under the horrified gaze of the museum’s guards.
There is a “cute” shuttle bus that departs every 15 minutes from Av. de Friedland, near the Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile. It takes approximately 10 minutes to get to the museum and it costs 1€ per person. It’s recommended you buy your museum ticket online from the museum’s website (http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html). The museum’s restaurant is outrageously expensive. You might want to skip it, unless taking a selfie with one of Gehry’s fish on the background is of utter importance to you or your IG followers. Nice selection of activity books for children at the museum’s shop.
Have you been to Fondation Louis Vuitton or any other of Gehry’s “wow”-buildings? What is your favorite?