Photo: Wakana Kawahito
For example, “Inside the horizon” of Olafur Eliasson is exhibited on the first floor of the outside corridor called “cave”. This might be a representative work of Foundation Louis Vuitton. The work successfully uses light, mirrors, reflection on the water to remind us of the beauty of light, all of which makes for an unforgettable artwork.
Photo: Wakana Kawahito
Simplicity and subtlety are the main themes in the work “Strange Magic” of Sarah Morris, showing the process of construction of the museum while revealing the beauty of Paris and its streets as if they were jewels. Morris conveys a sense of the sublime through images displayed in documentary form, and managed to compare the process of making a museum to creating a work of art.
Tarek Atoui “From Architecture” (performance) © Fondation Louis Vuitton Fe lix Cornu
Finally, Foundation Louis Vuitton is not just a museum. It is also a concert hall, having an Auditorium that holds regular music events. Therefore, its concept of art includes sounds, dance and performance, and is quite broad when compared to other museums.
Oliver Beer “Composition for a new museum” © Oliver Beer © Fondation Louis Vuitton Florence Joubert Ⅱ
Contemporary art has steadily evolved and diversified with conceptual art or performance art. Looking at the selection of artists and artworks, we can see that deep though was given to the establishment of this institution.
On the other hand, this museum has suffered a lot of criticism recently, stemming from the fact that a luxury fashion brand such as LV has widely splashed out a large amount of funds on a museum of this scope. But before drawing out any quick conclusions, I recommend you visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation once and finding out for yourself what it is setting out to achieve and the meaning of art, as presented in it.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Address: 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00-19:00 (till 23:00 on Friday, 11:00-20:00 on Saturday and Sunday)
*during the school vacation period daily 10:00-20:00, and till 23:00 on Friday
Closed on Tuesday, December 25th and January 1st
Admission: 14 €, under 26-year-old 10 €, under 18 years old 5 €, under 3-year-old free
Tel: +33 (0)1 4069 9600
Text: Wakana Kawahito