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Fondation Louis Vuitton by fabulous architect Frank GehryWednesday 29 July 2015
A beautiful crystal palace situated in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris is nothing the city has seen before. Initiated by Bernard Arnault and created by talented architect Frank Gehry, it has become almost a symbol of cultural ambition and private enterprise. With its cost of $143 million, it looks like worth investment as palace is said to be the most compelling work of new architecture the city has seen since the Centre Pompidou opening in 1977.
Ones compare its architecture with sails, others with a boat and thirds with a whale. And all of these can be right as Frank Gehry, 85 years architect, do not conceal his passion for fishing. But more than this, building can be called a 21st-century version of the Grand Palais, the brightest and the most extravagant Beaux-Arts exhibition hall situated in the Champs-Élysées. One more version says that it‘s F. Gendry‘s attempts to redesign his own Guggenheim Bilbao in glass. But if you would look closer, all of these versions are lacking so much details that makes this white glass building remarkable. There is no other choice just to admit that finally persistent architect made his signature building, which is incomparable.
As Frank Gehry admits his goal was nothing else but to reflect a constantly changing world. To design a building that evolves depending on the time of day and the light, in order to create an impression of intangibility and continual transformation. And with exceptional technological innovations the artistic vision of a building has come true, turning principles of design and architecture upside down.
The palace is filed up with the Fondation’s and Bernard Arnault‘s personal collections as well as various others multidisciplinary events. Fondation Louis Vuitton host permanent collections, temporary exhibits, artistic commissions and even musical performances. The combination of works that will be unveiled between October 2014 and September 2015 includes such highlights as works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons.
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LVMH and Louis Vuitton‘s obviously continue its commitment to sponsor the arts and culture. And Paris should be nothing more than happy to acquire such an investment that enhance the heritage of 21st century Paris architecture.
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