Santa Monica local, Frank Gehry, is responsible for this French “fish” that opened last October. And by my estimation, it was worth every bit of the $140 million and 14 years it took to make it.
If the architecture doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry there are 11 gallery spaces inside with Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Basquiat, to name a few.
You might be thinking, “what business does Louis Vuitton (or LVMH if you KNOW) have in opening a museum?” It’s actually not an entirely new concept. PPR opened their own museum in Florence in 2011. Interestingly, Gehry’s museum in Bilbao was what sparked interest in Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s CEO, in commissioning Gehry to do the Fondation.
This is a must visit if you’re a fan of architecture and a highly recommended visit for art enthusiasts.
At 85 years old, Frank is most certainly giving Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright a run for their money (they famously both worked well into their 80s. Just pretend like you knew that.)
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Ghandi
Bois de Boulogne – 75116 – Paris