In this blog post I will explain some general information regarding art and fashion foundations, and also highlight some differences between them.

There are several art and fashion foundations throughout the world, and some of the most well-known are located here in Paris. This includes Fondation Louis Vuitton and Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent.

The foundations are build up on the basis of their main objectives. These objectives may differ from one foundation to another and it is also the main factor that differences them from the traditional museums as we know it.

The two foundations that I mentioned earlier are good examples of this. They both want to support and promote creation, cultural and educational projects, but they also differ in having other main goals. Fondation Louis Vuitton wishes, among other things, to “Move and surprise the public by exhibiting artists' work in an innovative building, a model of emblematic architecture designed by Frank Gehry”, while one of Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent main goals is to “ Conserve the 5,000 Haute Couture garments and 15,000 Haute Couture accessories as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects that bear witness to 40 years of Yves Saint Laurent's creativity”.

Their objectives decides how the exhibition is set up, what it mainly focuses on and how they want to convey their message. As their objectives may be characterised as socially beneficial, it is easy to understand why they are made as non-profit foundations.

There is a lot of traditionally art museum that also operates as non-profit, but what separates them from the foundations are that these mostly exhibits previous work to familiar the society with work done from previous artists. The majority of the foundations uses some of the same kind of tools, but this in the order to provoke inspiration and creativity that leads to new interpretations of art.

This may also be one of the key factors for why these foundations has become so popular. As humans it lies naturally in our nature to be inspired by others work, and it may be easier to engage in a creatively process if you have the possibility to relate in any way to the work done. By visiting one on of the many foundations around the globe, society gets the opportunity to reflect and take part in a process where the motive is to get inspired. In this way, we may easy access a castle of creativity.

I hope that you as read now have a deeper insight into what the foundation stands for and the differences between them. I also hope this post has increased your desire to see what a foundation has to offer, and that you are ready to be inspired!

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What is Fondation Louis Vuitton ?

According to the information on the site online the objectives for the creation of the foundation was to first, promote creation in the present by adapting a position of openness and dialogue with artists, intellectuals and the public. Secondly, astound visitors by offering a multifaced activity that informs, exhibits and showcases the works of the 20th and 21st centuries in an exceptional space. And lastly, move and surprise the public exhibiting artists’ work in an innovative building, a model of emblematic architecture deigned by Frank Gehry.

"I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolizes France's profond cultural vocation" Frank Gehry said. The story of this dream, which became reality thanks to the engagement of the LVMH Group and its chairman Bernard Arnault, is recounted by this exhibition dedicated to the architecture and the development process.



The history of Fondation LV dates back to 2001, when Bernard Arnault met Frank Gehry on a visit at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. It was after this meeting that the idea of the Fondation Louis Vuitton project were launched. Then 8 years later Bernard Arnault and the LVMH house opened it’s doors for the first time for the public.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton boats an exceptional setting in Paris, near by the Jardin d'Acclimation. The building designed by Frank Gehry is near the historical "royal route" to the west of Paris, which begins at the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, continuing along the Champs Elysées past the Grand Palais to the Arc de Triomphe. The route then passes the north of the Bois de Bologne to the La Défense business district and La Grande Arche. Symbolic of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is visible from the terrace of the Fondation.


In October 2014 something unusual appeared in the middle of the Bois de Boulogne at the edge of the Jardin d'Acclimatation. This building with asymmetric forms partially hidden by large glass and steel sails is no other than the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Its impressive and graceful structure will invite you to dream. Take a quick glance and you'll mistake it for a futuristic boat, gracefully floating atop a lake. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is without a doubt one of the most beautiful modern building in Paris and as such deserves a visit even if the current exhibits and events do not particularly interest you.

Fun Fact:

It is said that half of the initial cost of 100 million euros was paid by French taxpayers. But the final cost, which greatly surpassed the estimations, has not been released to the public. The building will become the property to the City of Paris in 2065.

Written by: Iselin Paulseth Sandvold

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The background colour of the sign is clear blue and the black letters are highlighted with bright, yellow spots. The sign leaves no one un-informed about the event and I cannot help thinking that the sign matches the weather perfectly on this sunny day!

We decided to explore the exhibition Art/Africa that provides African art at the heart of the most modern and trendy exhibition hall of the time in Paris; the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Our decision of choosing this exhibition was due to a combination of our general interest in art and because of the fact that finding an exhibition that enlightened a, for us, new culture and that did not only include French fashion, artists or history, excited us a lot.

The minute we got inside the exhibition of African art, every cent of our student reduced entrance fee of 10€ came to use. The size, shape and dynamism of this exhibition took us all by storm! Not to mention the tremendous building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton itself, but the exhibition inside that was so full of life, including areas with a mix of colourful art with black and white photographs of people dancing, singing and simply just being alive and caught up in the moment by tremendiously skilled photographers.


The insiders (Les initiés)

The exhibition was divided into three parts, each one very thought through. The first part of the exhibition provided a selection of items from the collection of African art by the designerJean Pigozzi. These items were all carefully chosen pieces between the years 1989 up til 2009. Knowing the fact that they were displayed for the first time in Paris also added value and excitement to this part of the exhibition. We were all surprised and astonished by the use of recycled materials, especially the mix of old petrol barrels, pens, lamps and even parts of old CD’s had come to use in the chosen pieces made by Roumald Hauzoumè (2006) for this exhibition.

Our common impression of this part considered its innovative and playful aspect, although it did not really match our preconceptions of a luxurious exhibition of African art at Fondation Louis Vuitton. This part was fun to explore but we were not beyond impressed of the actual items since it gave us a feeling of being of the edge of too childish and cheap.


Being there: A South African contemporary scene (Être la, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaire)

The second part provided in this exhibition was noting but breath-taking! The name Being there: A South African contemporary scene perfectly described the feeling that we received when entering this area, experiencing a micro-trip to South Africa. Joy and a colorful lifestyle had been perfectly caught in the moment by incredibly talented painters of our time (see below).


Despite these colourful paintings expressing joy to the viewer, one could not ignore the fact that the majority of these paitings also carried a dark and message of inhumanity, racism and unfair childhood for all the children being forced to work, sometimes as toy soldiers, instead of being educated. It also pictured human injustice due to national belonging and depicted a perception of people from the Western countries of the world destroying Africa for their inhabitans, pictured as nothing less than mass murder (see below).



Collection of the Fondation: a selection of African art (Collection de la Fondation: Une sélection d’œuvres africaines)

The third and last part of the exhibition was called Collection of the Fondation: a selection of African art and contained only photographs displayed in black and white, taken by the talented, Malian photographers Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibe. The theme in common considered expressing people caught up in the moment, as well focusing on details such as facial expressions. This part was portrayed in a very beautiful way and by far the part of the exhibition where I caught myself staring for several minutes at one single photograph, due to its perfectly portrayed details of peoples expressions and their surroundings. 

To sum up this experience at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, we only have one thing to say. When in Paris - do not miss out on visiting this exhibition! You will not regret it.

Written by: Louise Carneros

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