Paris Fall: Foundation Louis Vuitton, Sergei Shchukin Collection

The Foundation Louis Vuitton fall program begins with a tribute to Sergei Shchukin, a Moscow industrialist, visionary in his taste for modern French art and a leading patron and collector of the arts of the early 20th century.

His impressive collection includes emblematic works by the most renowned impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist masters of the period such as Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, etc… The collection will be displayed from October 22 within the scope of the France-Russia Year of Cultural Tourism.

The paintings in the collection have been at separate locations in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.

People's reflections mirroring off of the Foundation Louis Vuitton

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

On this is crisp, grey autumn Tuesday morning in Paris, the exquisite building, started in 2006, reflects the queue to enter the museum.  The Louis Vuitton Foundation is sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries in promotion of art and culture.  This short photo essay highlights the imaginative, geometric and cubist aspects of the exposition.

Frank Gehry’s design through which, emerges visionary leadership and daring, represents the first work of art at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. As this structure reveals it’s majesty among the century-old trees of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, standing on a mirror of water, it towers not in the face of nature, rather it integrates harmoniously into its natural wooded community, with which the building invites a sacred fellowship.

Frank Owen Gehry, is a Canadian-born American architect, residing in Los Angeles. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions. “To reflect a constantly changing world, we wanted to design a building that evolves depending on the time of day and the light, in order to create an impression of intangibility and continual transformation.”  ~ Frank Gehry

A wide shot of a nearby park where the tops of buildings peek out from

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, [1867-1959] was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed.

People walking and standing under large clear structures with multiple colored glass squares- Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, [1874-1965] was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955

People walking around inside a building with yellow and clear glass squares showing the outside world- Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“We don’t see the banality, but we accept banality. We accept it as inevitable, and it’s not.”  ~ Frank Gehry

The skyline of the nearby city- Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, [1881 – 1973] also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France.

A piece of art of a person in a white shirt displayed in a gallery

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”  ~ Pablo Picasso

Glass panels with yellow and clear glass and another with clear and blue glass

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Your best work is your expression of yourself. Now, you may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert.” ~ Frank Gehry

An upward shot of a gray sky- Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ~ Pablo Picasso

A clear gray sky with sections of the glass panels showing

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” ~ Frank Gehry

A piece of art depicting the human form displayed at an art gallery

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Large papers sculptures of fish displayed from the ceiling

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? I think I learned that from the artists, from my grandmother, from all the creative people I’ve spent time with over the years.” ~ Frank GehryFoundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” ~ Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972

“Not every person has the same kinds of talents, so you discover what yours are and work with them.”
~Frank Gehry