Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton

In an extraordinary building designed by Frank Gehry that combines audacity with poetry, a new Parisian cultural beacon has been born, that reinvents our relationship with the world and art.
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Description

Since 2014, a strange glass and steel vessel can be found settled on the borders of the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. It is the Louis Vuitton Foundation, an architectural masterpiece born from the meeting of two men: Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH and collector and patron of contemporary art, and Frank Gehry, architect of international renown.

Often compared to an iceberg or a cloud, the façade of the Foundation, with its twelve glass “sails”, gives an incredible impression of lightness, ephemerality and flux. At the top, its terraces offer visitors unprecedented views over the green canopy of the Bois de Boulogne, the capital and the La Défense skyline. Artists like Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Buren and Ellsworth Kelly have been invited to create works both in and on the building, resulting in some astonishing in situ installations.

Artistic creation

The Foundation houses an exceptional collection of works from 1960 to the present day, with artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons, Taryn Simon, Marina Abramovic, Gerhard Richter, Christian Boltanski and Pierre Huyghe. The vast range of mediums, languages and means of expression on display underlines contemporary art’s richness and range.

The foundation’s regular – and often blockbuster ­– temporary exhibitions focus on modern and contemporary art. Its 2016 display of the Chtchoukine Collection, for example, was the city’s most-visited exhibition since the Tutankhamun show in 1967 at the Petit Palais. Music and dance are also part of the programme, with the Foundation organising unique concerts and recitals and inviting choreographers from across the world to present their works in the auditorium.

A destination in western Paris

The Foundation is an ideal destination for families. There are tours available year-round especially tailored for 3-5 year olds, plus workshops for 6-10 year olds, which initiate children in the concepts and techniques of contemporary art. Plus, there is the Jardin d’Acclimatation right next door. Opened in 1860 by Napoleon III, this incredible, lush park is filled with play areas and amusements and entry is free when you show your entrance ticket from the Foundation.

Food lovers shouldn’t miss the Foundation’s restaurant, Le Frank, directed by the Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos. In a light and airy setting, under Frank Gehry’s golden fish, it serves delicious and inventive dishes that mix French gastronomic classics with exotic twists. The restaurant is also open in the evenings on the weekend.

Finally, to get to the Foundation easily, consider taking the shuttle bus (paying) which leaves from near the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l’Etoile, on the corner with Avenue de Friedland.

Community facilities

Access and contact

8 avenue Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
75116 Paris 16ème

Metro : Les Sablons (Line 1) Access with the Fondation suttle (€2), rotations every 15 minutes.

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Monday, wednesday and Thrusday from 12pm to 7pm Friday from 12pm to 9pm (11pm every first friday of the month) Weekend from 11am to 8pm.

Prices

  • 16 €
  • Adult: 16 € (The entrance ticket to the Fondation includes access to the Jardin d’Acclimatation.) Teenager: 4 € (-26 y.o) Student: 10 € Job seeker: 4 €.

    Free entry for children < 3 years, disabled people.

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Spoken languages

  • French
  • French sign language
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • revolving entrance door
  • automatic entrance door
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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