The sheer size of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is intimidating. Designed by Frank Gehry to look like ship’s sails, it has an oddly space-ship like appearance in Bois de Boulogne. Inside, the vast collection of contemporary art, the installations, the various theatres reserved for seminars, ateliers and music concerts alike, is as equally intimidating. They run a great series of children’s workshops.
Even if contemporary art is not your thing, it is worth a visit, if for nothing more than to admire the scale and architectural splendour of the building. It is all steel and glass, with certain vantage points giving splendid views of Paris and its surrounds. Depending on where you are in the building, you can see the concrete structures of near – by La Défense, or the panoramic views of Paris. The art within varies in its ability to hold one’s attention – again to be determined solely by one’s taste in art. The ginormous size of the galleries allow you to wander freely, or be still to contemplate some of the pieces from this vast and varied collection.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Ghandi, Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris.