The Fondation Louis Vuitton took part in the European Heritage Days

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016

11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
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The Fondation Louis Vuitton took part in the European Heritage Days

For the 2016 edition of the European Heritage Days, the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened its doors for a free public event, offering an architectural and artistic immersion inside the glass vessel designed by Frank Gehry.


Visitors were be able to experience the full strength and beauty of the monument, through the in situ  work of Daniel Buren, entitled "Observatory of Light", and the exhibition "Frank Gehry, Fondation Louis Vuitton - an architectural journey", as well as workshops and guided tours .


Program of the European Heritage Days

Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light", work in situ.

Designed to be an intimate dialogue between Frank Gehry's building - whose architecture arouses inspiration in artists - "Observatory of Light" spreads over all the windows, which are the building's signature features. The thirteen colours of the 3,600 window panes in the edifice reveal and mask ever-changing coloured shapes, depending on the time and  season.  Through this interplay of colours, projections, reflections, transparencies and contrasts, both inside and out, Daniel Buren presents the building in a whole new light.


"Frank Gehry, Fondation Louis Vuitton, architectural journey", permanent exhibition
The exhibition, created with Frank Gehry's teams in Los Angeles, describes and explains the whole process involved in designing the building that is already recognised as a monument in Paris. Each floor of the Fondation develops a theme that helps visitors understand the building better: construction, materials, design, context (Bois de Boulogne and Jardin d'Acclimatation), Paris.


Workshops and guided tours for the whole family

Small guided tours and workshops were organised over the weekend and for the school pupils on Friday 16 September as part of the "Children of Our Heritage" programme. During the workshops, participants were have the chance to produce drawings with shapes inspired by the Fondation using stamps, transfers and stencils. The accompanying magazine "George Explores the Fondation" were also be handed out to children.

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History of European Heritage Days

In France, the European Heritage Days are organised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication through the Heritage Management department, and implemented by Regional Councils for Cultural Affairs. Under the stewardship of the European Council and European Commission, they receive support from public and private historical monument owners, and benefit from the involvement of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (National Monument Centre), the Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire (Towns and Lands of Art and History), the Fondation du Patrimoine (Heritage Foundation), Vieilles Maisons Françaises (Association of Old French Houses) and La Demeure Historique (Association of Historical Residences).


The essential

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2016
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.



Daniel Buren, "Observatory of Light", work in situ.


"Frank Gehry, Fondation Louis Vuitton, architectural journey", permanent exhibition


Workshops and guided tours for the whole family

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