Spoiler Alert: Fondation Louis Vuitton is Awesome, though Completely Devoid of Monogrammed Bags.
No, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is not a showcase of the 19th Century French designer's world-famous monogram, his bag design sketches, the brand's evolution over the years. Is this a cue for a sigh if dismay? Think again - the Louis Vuitton Foundation is actually a breathtaking Frank Gehry masterpiece which houses works from the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons, and more. Also exhibited is some information about, and preliminary designs of, the building itself, which by the way looks like this:
Located adjacent to the Bois de Boulogne slash sort of inside of it, the building gives off almost an antagonistic vibe in its swirling mass of architectural pomp. Gehry though, did not intend to disrupt the natural beauty of the park; rather, he wanted the building to work with and respond to the surroundings. He said: "To reflect our constantly changing world, we wanted to create a building that would evolve according to the time and the light in order to give the impression of something ephemeral and continually changing." How ~meta~.
As if the building itself isn't enough, the current collection is simply incredible. Our fav is the "Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier" exhibition - an array of impressive African contemporary art. The exhibitions change every few months, so let us know what you see on your visit! Don't forget to walk outside on the terrace's for a beautiful view of the city (and the building itself) - every turn offers a new perspective in the LV Foundation.
Pro tip: don't miss the 1 euro bus to/from Charles de Gaulle Etoile!