Paris. “Observatory of Light” by Daniel Buren at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

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:

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton

And it was absolutely stunning! But now with the addition of Daniel Buren’s “Observatory of Light” it looks like this:

Daniel Buren at Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris

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 on the rooftop of Fondation Louis Vuitton Observatory of Light at the Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris

Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton rooftop

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:

Daniel Buren and Frank Gehry

Daniel Buren Observatorys of Light Fondation Louis Vuitton rooftop

There are also some great views from the rooftop – towards La Defense and the Eiffel Tower:

Daniel Buren at the Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris

view from Fondation Louis Vuitton rooftop

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.

sunset Fondation Louis Vuitton

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




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