Mail & Guardian | Hannah Ellis-Petersen:
Art meets fashion in a world first art show that offers visitors a chance to be in the presence of work by master painters at Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Affluence and grandeur are not hard to come by in the wealthy enclave of Passy in Paris’s 16th arrondissement.
All-star exhibition: Works by Picasso and Bonnard and Matisse (above) – including La Danse that is rarely loaned out from the Russian State Heritage Museum – are all part of the Keys to a Passion exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Wide boulevards are lined with towering five-storey villas and cascading magnolia trees lead up to the pristine Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 150-year-old park dedicated to the children of the city.
But since October the houses of French high society have sat in the shadow of an even more opulent addition to their landscape. The Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, rises 50m into the air, cloaked in 11 vast sweeping sails of glass and steel. It was first commissioned in 2001 by Bernard Arnault, the billionaire head of the LVMH luxury brand empire, who since the early 2000s has been an avid collector of contemporary and modern art…
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