Our Missions

Composition photographique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton par Jean Larivière © Jean Larivière pour la Fondation Louis Vuitton
Nos Missions

Composition photographique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton par Jean Larivière © Jean Larivière pour la Fondation Louis Vuitton

In 2006, the LVMH Group and its companies opened a new chapter in their history of patronage with the creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The building itself was inaugurated on 24 October 2014, the result of nearly 25 years of commitment to the arts, culture and heritage.

 

In 2001, Bernard Arnault, President of the LVMH Group, met Frank Gehry, the 1989 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Arnault asked Gehry to design a great glass vessel dedicated to culture in the Bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris. Five years later, an occupation agreement of 55 years was signed with the City of Paris, and work on the building could get underway.

 

Sited at the heart of Greater Paris, on the boundary between the cities of Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, this edifice has become an icon in the French and international cultural landscape. Every year, it welcomes more than a million visitors from all over the world.  

 

Driven by its mission to serve the public, the Fondation is committed to making art and culture accessible to all. To promote the arts both nationally and internationally, it hosts temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, presents works held in its collection, commissions artists to create site-specific pieces, and stages events across the cultural spectrum (concerts, performances, conferences, film projections, dance and more).

 “A new space that opens up a dialogue with a wide public and offers artists and intellectuals a platform for debate and reflection.” 

- Bernard Arnault

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Nos Missions

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THE OBJECTIVES

TO PROMOTE CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ART

The Fondation grounds its commitment to the contemporary arts within a historical perspective.

Alongside major modern art exhibitions (“Keys to a passion, “Icons of Modern Art, the Shchukin Collection”, “The Courtauld Collection: a Vision for Impressionism”), it offers a vision of art in France and around the world (“Chinese Artists at the Fondation Louis Vuitton,Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier”, “In Tune with the World” and more).

 

In addition, the Open Space programme, initiated in 2018, invites young national and international artists to create a site-specific piece for the Fondation in response to Frank Gehry’s building.

 

Meanwhile, in the Auditorium, musicians and artists of all disciplines offer a classical and contemporary repertoire of recitals and performances.

TO CREATE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR VISITORS

The Fondation places a great emphasis on offering visitors an enriching and novel experience of art and architecture, and hosts a variety of unique Visits and workshops. It also pays attention to ensuring the public enjoy a quality experience during their visit to the Fondation.

TO FOSTER DIALOGUE WITH ARTISTS, INTELLECTUALS AND THE PUBLIC

The Fondation invites artists and intellectuals to participate in cultural events that tie in with its exhibitions. These conferences, debates and talks are held at the Fondation and offer a fresh perspective on the art works exhibited.  

TO INSPIRE PEOPLE WITH THE BEAUTY OF THE BUILDING, A DARING AND INNOVATIVE MASTERPIECE BY THE ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY

Starting with a pencil sketch on a blank sheet of paper, Frank Gehry designed “a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolises France’s profound cultural vocation”. The architectural journey retraces the different stages in the creation of this edifice, which has become an iconic landmark of the French capital.  

THE ORGANISATION

Bernard Arnault, President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to the president

Suzanne Pagé, Artistic director

Sophie Durrleman, Executive Director


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