Visiting the Fondation Louis Vuitton
Photography by Moritz Lips. Written by Oliver Lips.
Despite the fact that I hadn't been to Paris in a year and a half, Moritz and I decided to skip the usual sightseeing and endless walking around Paris and headed to the Fondation Louis Vuitton instead. The museum, opened in late October 2014, is truly amazing - from inside as well as outside. As if the construction by Frank Gehry wouldn't be spectacular enough, it received some color in May 2016 by French artist Daniel Buren for his temporary installation «Observatory of Light».
The twelve sails, surrounding the building and formed of 3'600 pieces of glass, are covered by an array of 13 different colored filters that are at equal distances from one another. Now whether you like it or not is another question - personally I would've want to see the "original" without colors.
Anyhow after we got to the Fondation LV we sat down at the Le Frank, which is more of an haute-cuisine restaurant and serves some almost molecular dishes. Nonetheless it was delicious and to my surprise with €28 per person for a lunch-menu (including four different small dishes served on a tray, a bottle of mineral water, dessert and coffee) rather cheap - at least in comparison to Swiss prices.
After lunch we set out to discover the current exhibition by eleven Chinese artists from the Collection of the Fondation LV.
The video installation by London-based artist Isaac Julien entitled «Ten Thousand Waves» is of my favorites. The work, produced in collaboration with leading figures in China’s art scene, is an homage to Chinese culture and comprises references to Chinese calligraphy, 1930’s cinema and the transformation and globalization China underwent the past few decades. The installation mixes the life stories of Chinese workers with the legend of the Chinese Goddess Mazu, performed by Maggie Cheung.
What makes this 49 minutes long video installation so special is the fact that it’s displayed on nine screens simultaneously, sometimes showing the same image, other times creating an array of scenes. Something I hadn’t seen before.
A visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton is definitively worth it, not only for the exhibitions, but also the building itself. What some of you might not know is that you won’t find any art or exhibition related to the brand "Louis Vuitton". In that sense the Fondation LV only serves as a contemporary museum.
«A Choice of Chinese Works» still runs until August 29.
«Great Leap Forward - Canal Building» by Zhang Huan. Incense ash on canvas.
«Tree» by Ai Weiwei.
«Giant No. 3» by Zhang Huan.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
25th of July 2016