The ceremony took place in the presence of Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Frank Gehry, architect of the building.
The President of the Republic visited this new venue, dedicated to contemporary art in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne, and met with artists whose works are part of the opening exhibition.
Guests were invited to attend the illumination of the building, designed by Hervé Descottes, while opera singer Nathalie Dessay, accompanied by cellist Henri Demarquette, performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise.
Among the guests at the inauguration were designers of the LVMH group including JW Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci.
Following the departure of the President of the Republic, a dinner by chef étoilé Jean-Louis Nomicos, Director of the Foundation’s restaurant, Le Frank, was served to the guests in the Fondation’s Auditorium.
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The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, received by Bernard Arnault, President of the LVMH group and of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, inaugurated the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Frank Gehry, architect of the building.The Fondation Exhibition Patronage
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open to the public on Monday 27 October 2014, after three special open days for the Inaugural Weekend.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault and designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is located in Paris, on the site of the Jardin d’acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. The Fondation Louis Vuitton will be principally associated with artistic creation in all its forms.
For the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artistic programme will unfold in three successive stages between October 2014 and July 2015, each stage will include a temporary exhibition, a partial presentation of the collection and a series of events.
The first stage – October to December 2014 – invites the public to a ‘voyage of creation’ essentially devoted to the discovery of the architecture of the building with:
− An exhibition on the architecture of Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This exhibition will be presented in dialogue with the first major European retrospective of the work of Frank Gehry, organised simultaneously at the Centre Pompidou.
− A presentation of several emblematic works from the permanent collection.
− A group of special commissions related to the architecture of the building including a work by Olafur Eliasson.
The auditorium of the Fondation will present several performances most particularly two musical events:
− A recital by the pianist Lang Lang on 28 October 2014.
− A series of 8 retrospective concerts by Kraftwerk, the pioneering electronic group, from 6 to 14 November 2014.
The two following stages, opening in December 2014 and July 2015 will be announced shortly.
Practical information here : www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr
Fondation Louis Vuitton Exhibition Patronage Frank Gehry
Louis Vuitton publishes two new titles in its “Travel Book” collection illustrated by artists from around the world. In this edition, Italian comic book author Lorenzo Mattotti discovers Vietnam.
A Parisian by adoption, Lorenzo Mattotti was born in Brescia, Italy, in 1954. He studied architecture in Venice then moved towards the graphic novel form, of which he is now one of the major exponents. In this travel book dedicated to Vietnam, Mattotti opens us towards a vibrant world of colour suffused with energy and vitality. A window into his impressions, his illustrations leave us contemplative.
The Louis Vuitton "Travel Book" collection is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, offering a contemporary vision of travel. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.
For each new title, a numbered and signed limited edition is available in select Louis Vuitton stores.
View the collection here.
Vietnam Collaboration Illustration Books
The Trophy enters the pitch in the official Louis Vuitton trunk, escorted by Gisele Bündchen and World Champion Carles Puyol.
On the evening of July 13th, before the kick-off of the 2014 final match between Germany and Argentina, the FIFA™ World Cup Trophy arrived on the pitch of the Maracaña Stadium in Brazil protected by a specially commissioned Louis Vuitton trunk, under the watchful gaze of 78,000 spectators.
It was escorted by two world-class celebrities: Carles Puyol representing Spain, the 2010 World Champion, and Brazilian-born top model Gisele Bündchen, who wore a Louis Vuitton outfit from the 2015 Cruise Collection.
In a few days, the FIFA™ World Cup Trophy and its official Louis Vuitton trunk will leave Brazil for the new World Champions’ home country.Monogram Event Photography Trunks Savoir-Faire Exclusive
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has commissioned Louis Vuitton to conceive the trunk case which carries the World Cup 2014 trophy all football players dream to hold.
After a first appearance on the football field in 2010 in South Africa, the Louis Vuitton case is especially designed to carry the famous trophy that will be delivered by Gisele Bündchen to the winning team on July 13th at the Maracana Stadium de Rio de Janeiro.
Handmade in Louis Vuitton's historic Asnières workshop opened in 1859, the special order case is covered in Louis Vuitton's iconic Monogram canvas and is fitted with the company's signature brass lock and corners.
In this film, Gisele Bündchen reveals the custom-made trunk case and the 18-carat gold trophy that will be handed over to the winners.Monogram Event Video Trunks Savoir-Faire Exclusive