The Fondation Louis Vuitton a star attraction for Paris

12,000 m² devoted to art, showcased in a spectacular glass building, designed by architect Franck Gehry.

Fugues in Colour

From 4 May to 29 August 2022

Affiche de l'exposition La Couleur en fugue à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is hosting ‘Fugues in Colour’, an exhibition exploring the limitless variations of colour, in a form of interaction with Frank Gehry’s architecture. Paint escapes the confines of the canvas in this display celebrating art’s freedom of movement.

Five artists representing different generations and horizons have created works for the event. They are Sam Gilliam, Steven Parrino, Niele Toroni, Katharina Grosse and Megan Rooney.

Megan Rooney confided to Transfuge magazine in 2021: ‘I seek a means, a way to escape painting.’ Here she has created something entirely new, combining painting, architecture and performance art to produce coloured vibrations.

The exhibit by Katharina Grosse, who creates illusions in space, is an extraordinary performance: a flamboyant sweep of colour reminiscent of her other large-scale installations.

The works by their fellow artists are being presented thanks to considerable loans from public and private national and international institutions. The historic series of three Drapes, a major work by the American abstract painter Sam Gilliam, opens the exhibition. It is being shown for the first time in France. The exhibition also presents Steven Parrino’s signature ‘misshaped’ canvases and Niele Toroni’s minimalistic imprints of a paintbrush.

In all of these creations, paint escapes its traditional confines to explore new freedoms. The exhibition runs until 20 August 2022.

Simon Hantaï. The Centenary Exhibition

From 18 May to 29 August 2022

Affiche de Simon Hantaï. L'exposition du centenaire à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

Since opening, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has been offering a programme deeply rooted in the history of the artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. From 18 May to 29 August 2022, it presents an unprecedented retrospective of the famous artist Simon Hantaï, known for his abstract works, to mark the centenary of his birth.

The Franco-Hungarian painter, who died in 2008, left behind a rich and extensive body of work that has been awarded several prizes. The Fondation is now offering visitors the chance to discover some of his 130 works created between 1957 and 2000, many of which have never been exhibited.

The paintings, in particular the large format works, are divided up according to the major periods of his œuvre. The starting point is the ‘Écriture rose’ painting, followed by successive periods: Peintures à signes, Monochromes, Mariales, Catamurons, Panses, Meuns, Études, Blancs, Tabulas, Peintures polychromes, Sérigraphies and Laissées, finishing with the ‘last workshop’.

Hantaï’s works are shown alongside those of other major artists who had an influence on him, including Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock and the artists and friends Michel Parmentier and Daniel Buren.

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Creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The project has taken some 13 years to carry out, but the result is spectacular. Right next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the brand new Fondation Louis Vuitton rises up in a cloud of impressive glass architecture designed by American architect Frank Gehry. The building resembles a ship in full sail and is located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, vue panoramique 1, Paris © Todd Eberle for Fondation Louis Vuitton - 2014

Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, has succeeded in creating a building that stands 46 metres high. Like many of his creations, the construction has neither a facade nor a roof in the traditional sense of the terms. It is composed more of flowing shapes that envelope the interior spaces designed to showcase cultural collections and exhibitions. The Californian architect used 6,000 m² of curved glass panels attached to a steel frame to provide the covering. A team of architects worked intensively on the feasibility of the project, registering some thirty patents in the process!

 Gehry said that  « when Bernard Arnault suggested that he come and meet him in Paris, he told him nothing at first. He took him to the Jardin d’acclimatiation and then spoke of his project. (Gehry who had lived in Paris in the 1950s knew the city but not that particular place). He said that he felt quite emotional thinking about French writer Proust walking along the pathways there. He said that he realized then that this was a historic place ».

12,000 m² devoted to art

The LVMH group, which supports artistic creation, now has a first-class flagship with a surface area of 12,000 m². Some of this is used to show a selection of works from the Foundation’s collection and from Bernard Arnault’s private collection. In addition to this ‘permanent’ collection, the Foundation also hosts two temporary exhibitions every year as well as musical events in the auditorium.