PHOTOS & WORDS Benjamin Velaise '18
This past month, I've been studying in Paris at Science Po, a political science school. While debating the stability of the European Union in the mornings, the school leaves afternoons free to explore every corner of the city, or at least attempt to.
My favorite excursion has been my visit to the recently opened Foundation Louis Vuitton. Frank Gehry designed the museum and cultural site. Inspired by the glass Grand Palais, the building sits between the famous Parisian forest, Le Bois de Boulogne, and the historic Jardin d’Acclimation.
The entrance is overwhelming. A massive glass exterior acts as an exoskeleton– giving the building its overall structure. Distinctive of deconstructivism and Gehry’s past work, the glass envelops the interior galleries, cutting the interior facade at jarring angles. The building looks like a pirate ship—with glass sails and a marble pointed bow.
Inside, you’ll find only modern and contemporary works. The likes of Cyprien Gaillard, Nam June Paik, and Christian Marclay hold permanent video installations on the top floors. Richard Prince, Gilbert & George, Mona Hatoum, and others hold court on the first floor, in the permanent collection owned by billionaire and the Louis Vuitton CEO, Bernard Arnault.
There is also an entire gallery dedicated to the many self-portraits of Andy Warhol. If you're ever in Paris, La Foundation is a must.
Ben Velaise is Culture Editor of Method. See more of his work here.