"Observatory of light",
work in situ

From 11 May 2016 to 2 May 2017


© Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton

During the inter-exhibition period, enjoy a special rate of €9 for general admission, €4 for reduced admission and €20 for families, to (re)discover the Daniel Buren installation on the sails of the Fondation building. 

“Daniel Buren has designed a grandiose project, pertinent and enchanting, the result of a real dialogue with Frank Gehry and his building. His work responds magnificently to the architecture, in line with his approach, going back to the 1970s, that sees a coming together of colours, transparency and light.” Bernard Arnault, President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

In line with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s commitment to contemporary creation and encouragement of innovative encounters with its architecture, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting from 11 May 2016 a temporary work by Daniel Buren. Developed in close dialogue with the building by Frank Gehry – whose architecture serves as an inspiration to artists - “Observatory of Light” is installed across the glass ‘sails’, the emblematic feature of the building.

The twelve ‘sails’, formed of 3,600 pieces of glass, are covered by a staggering array of coloured filters that are in turn punctuated, at equal distances from one another, by alternating white and blank stripes perpendicular to the ground. The thirteen selected colours is making coloured forms appear and disappear, ever-changing with the time of day and the season. Through a play of colours, projections, reflections, transparencies and contrasts, both inside and outside, Daniel Buren is showing this building in a new light.

Major international artist Daniel Buren (1938-FR) has been developing a radical oeuvre characterised by the use of his “visual tool” (8.7 cm-wide alternating white and coloured vertical stripes), since the 1960s. He moved from working with paint (1965-1967) to working with space and its context. All his works are now conceived specifically for the space, context and features of the host venue and are created in situ, be that in a public space or in a museum or art gallery.


Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren at Fondation Louis Vuitton, 25 March 2016  © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo © DB-ADAGP, Paris 2016

Exhibition catalogue

This exhibition catalogue created with the artist encompasses a great number of works about entertwined themes - colour, transparency, light, transluscency, projection - from the 1970s to our day.


Interview between Frank Gehry and Daniel Buren

This interview between Frank Gehry and Daniel Buren is a token of the artistic dialogue between the Fondation Louis Vuitton architecture and the colourful work of the contemporary artist.


Exhibition views

  • © Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton

  • © Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton

  • © Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton

  • © Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton

  • © Iwan Baan / Fondation Louis Vuitton


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Film about work in situ

"Observatory of light"

When Frank Gehry meets Daniel Buren

A talk at Fondation, 14 september 2016