Fondation Louis Vuitton: a beautiful museum

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a beautiful museum at the Blois de Boulogne in Paris and was opened at the end of 2014. The building was designed by Frank Gehry. This architect has also designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Both very high-profile buildings that you can keep watching and can be seen as designed by the same architect. The building is very light inside and radiates a certain calm despite the many visitors. It looks a bit like a sailing ship with 12 sailing-like glass elements. There are several outdoor terraces and on the top floor, you have a nice view over a part of the city. Fondation Louis Vuitton is a private museum founded by Bernard Arnault. He is founder and CEO of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Both the collection of Bernard Arnault and LVMH are housed here.

This permanent collection is already worth a look at (including beautiful works by Jeff Koons and Gilbert & George). In addition, there are always changing collections. I have seen the exhibition ‘Being modern: MoMA in Paris’ there. A great collection of art from (the archives) of the MoMA in New York. Among others, Andy Warholl, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, and Roy Lichtenstein can be admired. If you are planning to go to Paris, and you love the modern painters, you can not really skip this museum.

There is also an extensive bookshop with books about the museum itself and a wide range of books on art and architecture. You can park well in the vicinity of the museum. Metro and bus also stop nearby. It is certainly advisable to buy tickets in advance as the museum works with timeslots.

That is why it is not too crowded. Once inside, you can stay as long as you want. The only downside to this museum is the fact that the restaurant is quite small and you can not get in there very quickly and that it should be nice weather, you want to be able to sit outside on one of the terraces.

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