The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in October 2014 in Paris’ forest & park Bois de Boulogne. It is one of Frank Gehry’s latest buildings and a true masterpiece! When I first visited the foundation in December 2014 it look like this:
And it was absolutely stunning! But now with the addition of Daniel Buren’s “Observatory of Light” it looks like this:
The old photo looks rather bland now, doesn’t it? French artist Daniel Buren is well-known for his site-specific installations, often using colourful panels – for example on the rooftop of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse building in Marseilles. His other famous site-specific work in Paris are the “Colonnes de Buren” in the court of the Palais Royal.
Daniel Buren covered the 12 iconic sails of the museum with translucent gels in a chequerboard-like formation. He created the “Observatory of Light” in close dialogue with Gehry. The look of the rooftop changes with the sunlight – I loved the colorful shadows on the all-white building:
There are also some great views from the rooftop – towards La Defense and the Eiffel Tower:
It’s not the first time I saw Frank Gehry’s and Daniel Buren’s architecture & art so close together: Daniel Buren created the big red arch over the La Salve bridge next to Frank Gehry’s most famous building – the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
The Observatory of Light is still on view until end of this year. General admission to the Fondation Louis Vuitton is 14€. The closest metro stop is “Les Sablons” on Line 1 but there’s also a shuttle bus leaving from Charles de Gaulle (Etoile) for 1€ one way. More information on http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr