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Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, in French "Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la création"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries. It is run as a legally separate, nonprofit entity as part of LVMH's promotion of art and culture.
The art museum opened in October 2014. The building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry, and is adjacent to the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. More than 1 400,000 people visited the Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2017.
The actual cost of the museum, initially projected to be €100 million, was revealed in 2017 to have been nearly eight times that sum. A November 2018 report of the French Court of Audit indicated that from 2007 to 2014, the construction of the building constituted the main activity of the Foundation. Earlier that month, FRICC, a French anti-corruption group, filed a complaint in court in Paris accusing the Louis Vuitton Foundation of committing fraud and tax evasion in the construction of its museum. It claims that the nonprofit branch of the LVMH conglomerate was able to deduct about 60% of the cost of the museum from its taxes, and request tax refunds on some other costs. In all, FRICC claims that LVMH and the Louis Vuitton Foundation received nearly €603 million from the government toward the nearly €790 million construction costs of the museum.
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  • I found the design of this new museum to be odd in that there are several indoor spaces that are not fully useable for display. And the roof garden is not set up to maximize views. Still It's a...  more »
  • for amateurs of modern and contemporary art, the temporary expositions always spark an interest especially if you didn't know the artist or artists… it's very accessible despite being far from the...  more »
  • Wow, just wow! I went inside without expecting too much, but I was impressed. The collection is huge, spanning from the Impressionism (and there are many, many works there) to contemporary art. Plus, the architecture is wonderful. Be aware that the queue can be very long, however I managed to buy the ticket online on the fly and skipped it. You must visit it, it deserves its place among the best museums in Paris!
  • Getting to this place is a bit complicated if you are trying to figure out how to do it with public transportation but the visit will make it all worthwhile. The building is playful and quirky. You may not be a fan of contemporary architecture, but this building is hard to miss. This was probably the intention of the architects and the foundation. In the age of Instagram, turning the building into an attraction will guarantee more visitors. That is not to say that the art is negligible. Far from it, but your level of interest will depend on the exhibits on show when you visit.

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