Designed for the Auditorium, "Colored Panels" consists of six monochrome panels of different sizes that combine a strong visual impact with an acoustic quality in keeping with the purpose of this space at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
“In 2012 the Fondation Louis Vuitton invited me to create a new work for the auditorium of the building designed by Frank Gehry. Starting out with a three-dimensional model, I knew I wanted to create a group of coloured panels of different sizes for the walls around the parterre and the stage. Because it's an auditorium and not a traditional gallery, I had to take into account not just the visual aspects but also acoustic issues. Working with sound engineers and my fabricator, Peter Carlson, I decided that we would make the colour panels from a special fabric that would allow sound to penetrate the surface but would also let me use the exact colours I wanted. Because the public would be moving around the space and walking alongside the walls where the panels would hang, I made them as shallow but as wide as possible. For the high rectangular wall I chose yellow, and for the other walls, blue, green, red and purple. These colours come from a palette that has interested me since I began investigating colours at the beginning of the 1940s, and continue to do today." - Ellsworth Kelly