The brand Louis Vuitton is well known for its bags and fashion, but probably less known for its involvement with the arts. Yet the Louis Vuitton Foundation, housed in a shiny Frank Gehry building on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, is one of my favorite places to spend the day immersing myself in art and architecture.
It all starts with a shuttle ride from Avenue de Friedland, just by the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll have to show your ticket for an exhibition or buy one on the shuttle to get a ticket to ride. Then, the Louis Vuitton-scarfed driver (perks of the job) will take you around the crazy Etoile roundabout, down Avenue Foch, and drop you off just outside the
Once you arrive, take a few minutes to walk around the exterior of the building before joining the line – you know the saying that an exhibition in Paris without a line isn’t worth seeing, right? Truly, it’s worth coming along just for the architecture. Once inside, you can pick up a map to guide you around because nothing in this building is straight forward. There’s barely a straight line to be found and exhibitions generally stretch across several floors.
At the time of writing, The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism (until 17 June 2019) and The Collection of the
But no matter which exhibition is on while you’re in Paris, the
And if you visit on a nice day, pop out the back entrance into the Jardin d’Acclimatation for a look around. It’s free to enter with your exhibition ticket.