On the occasion of the 14th “Nuit Blanche” on Saturday October 3, 2015, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be open free to visitors from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a “High Environmental Quality” (HQE) architectural project, at once responsible and innovative. It thus accords with the 2015 “Nuit Blanche,” dedicated to the COP21 to be held in Paris later this year.
Visitors will be able to discover this exceptional building in its entirety, at no cost, and to experience for themselves the “Pop” and “Music” hangings, recently enriched with video installations based on pop music. They will also be able to explore the building by way of an immersive audiovisual guide to a concept by Janet Cardiff and George B. Miller.
The first axis of the “Pop” hanging centres on works that demonstrate the interest shown by artists since the advent of the consumer society in objects and images in advertising, film, TV, and, latterly, the Internet.
The artists presented are: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mohamed Bourouissa, Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Bertrand Lavier, Adam McEwen, Michel Majerus, Christian Marclay, Philippe Parreno, Richard Prince, Sturtevant, and Andy Warhol.
The second axis, “music”, proposes works in the form of environments, sculpture, and video, for which the constitutive material is music—symphonic, popular, choral, or instrumental,—or simply sound itself.
The artists presented are: Marina Abramović, Pilar Albarracín, Ziad Antar, Ulla von Brandenburg, John Cage, Rineke Dijkstra, Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Mark Leckey, Philippe Parreno, Jaan Toomik, and Hannah Weinberger.
The exhibit concludes with the extended presentation of works by Thomas Schütte and the commission offered to Cerith Wyn Evans.
Electric shuttles run from the Parc Monceau to the Fondation Louis Vuitton until half-past midnight.
The audiovisual walk of Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures Miller
Since 1995 Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have been co-designing installations and immersive audio-visual walks that blend reality and fiction.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller offer a thirty minute immersive visual and sound walk made from previously filmed scenes in indoor and outdoor areas of the Fondation, with the collaboration of actors, dancers and musicians. Equipped with iPod Touches and headphones, visitors are driven by the voice of a narrator - which Janet Cardiff herself provided for the English version - to walk through the building while simultaneously discovering on their screens figures shot in various situations right where the visitors are standing.