When it comes to truly remarkable and stunning structures around the planet, the Fondation Louis Vuitton building is surely one of the most amazing. Located in the fabulous French capital city of Paris, it's a monumental feat of architectural brilliance from master designer Frank Gehry. It really is one of those places everyone should see at least once in their lives and will certainly not be forgotten once you do.
Art and culture combined in Paris - When the original concept for this structure was created, the idea was to give Paris a magical space where art could interact with culture. Very quickly, it was clear that the Fondation Louis Vuitton building itself had to be as awesome as the exhibitions inside.
The truly daring and jaw-dropping 21st Century design that Frank Gehry came up with did all this and more. The Fondation Louis Vuitton building is every bit as iconic and stunning as the brand behind it. There are over 13,000 square metres of flowing glass roofing that was constructed using innovative techniques never seen before. The complex shapes within the design turned traditional architectural principles on their head to create the fantastic finished structure.
Of course, it wasn't just the look of the building that the designers were tasked with creating. As befits such a responsible brand like Louis Vuitton, it was also key to construct a sustainable building that was eco-friendly. This has seen many features installed to achieve this, including a rainwater recovery system to provide all the water needed. The designers were also keen to think about the acoustic and environmental impact of the building on the surrounding area.
Jean-Michael Basquiat at Fondation Louis Vuitton - A truly exciting artist of his time, the next big exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton will be of acclaimed New York artist Jean-Michael Basquiat. Running from 3rd October 2018 to 14th January 2019, this is set to be a showcase that art lovers cannot miss.
Basquiat exploded onto the art scene in the 1980s when his neo-expressionist artwork stunned and amazed those who saw it. Tragically passing away at the early age of 27 in 1988, his work has gone on to see more acclaim. Indeed, one of his pieces sold for a massive $110.5 million before his death in 1982, which shows his popularity.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is honouring this modern master by showing his most important work to the public. Drawing on its own special collection of artwork started in 1990, the exhibition will focus on around 100 of Basquiat's most eye-catching works from 1980 to 1988. This will include the Heads series and ensembles never before seen in Europe. These include Obnoxious Liberals, In Italian and Riding with Death.
This exhibition is a must-see for any art and culture lovers out there. It gives you an instant ride back to the New York of the 1980s with its hip-hop and graffiti infused atmosphere.