Louis Vuitton chairman announces October opening for his museum
Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and a prolific art collector, will launch the Frank Gehry-designed art centre with three days of free admission
By Hannah McGivern. Web only
Published online: 23 June 2014
The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, the €100m Frank Gehry-designed museum in the Bois de Boulogne district, west of Paris, has announced that it will open to the public on 27 October. The French luxury goods group LVMH first unveiled the project in 2006 at the initiative of its chairman Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and a prolific art collector.
Gehry’s 12-part “cloud of glass” structure will house a permanent collection (a combination of works owned by LVMH and those belonging to Arnault), and host temporary exhibitions as well as commissions of new works by French and international contemporary artists. Though the full programme for the opening is to be announced in the autumn, the foundation says it will have an exhibition of Frank Gehry’s designs to coincide with his first European retrospective at the Centre Pompidou on 8 October.
Even with an official public opening date set, Arnault seems eager to inaugurate his new museum. The collector announced yesterday evening, on the French TV channel TF1, that a launch event will be held a week earlier, on 20 October, followed by three days of free admission during the weekend of the art fair Fiac (Foire internationale d’art contemporain, 23-26 October).
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