There was an incredible exhibit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton that ran from October of 2016 to March of 2017. It was a collection of 130 Impressionist paintings that had belonged toTchoukine, an amazing patron of the arts in his day. This was the first time that these paintings had been out of Russia and shown in Paris and it offered a chance to see paintings by known artists, but pieces not seen since their creation.
Do you recognize this artist? It’s Van Gogh, but a painting you’ve never seen.
The exhibit was fascinating, but the museum is equally interesting. It’s located in the Bois de Boulougne and opened in October of 2014. It was designed by Frank Gehry, which means its design is the embodiment of whimsy. I will admit that I am not always a fan of Frank Gehry’s architecture, but this building is fantastic.
These are various photos from inside the museum. The roof and ceiling are enormous “wings” of color that overlap to create a kaleidoscope of color. The water feature at the entrance is mesmerizing, with the constant, gentle flow of water over its many layers. It gave me the same hypnotic feeling I get when watching waves crashing at the beach. Everything about the building is designed to be an expression of art and creativity.
You can get there on the metro using the Number 1 line, and getting off at Les Sablons. There is a one kilometer walk from there (about 7/10 of a mile) within the Bois de Boulogne, a beautiful park. GO!
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