Fondation Louis Vuitton
The ultra-modern Foundation Louis Vuitton opened its doors in Paris on October 27, 2014. Set in the city’s park, the Bois de Boulogne, this extraordinary space for contemporary art and culture was conceived by architect Frank Gehry. The permanent exhibition showcases the extensive private collection of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and the one held by the Foundation itself. The inaugural show “Voyage of Creation,” is dedicated to the architecture of the building and includes drawings, models, and other materials. It is an exhibition that coincides with Europe’s first major retrospective of Frank Gehry’s work which is running at the Centre Georges Pompidou through January 26, 2015.
Another greatly anticipated event was the reopening in Paris of the Picasso Museum on October 25, 2014, the birthday of the renowned artist. Housed in the Hotel Sâlé, one of the grandest Parisian mansions of the 17th century, the museum’s 5-year renovation and expansion doubled its exhibition space to include 13 new rooms to showcase the largest Picasso collection in the world, with close to 5,000 works including 4,000 graphic works, 297 paintings and 307 sculptures. The museum also features a new welcome center, auditorium and café.
The 500th Anniversary of the Reign of François I – 1515 to 1547
The Loire Valley, also known as the playground of the kings, will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reign of François I which began in 1515. He was the patron of Leonardo da Vinci and of Giovanni da Verrazano, who explored the North American coast including the New York Bay in the service of the king. Events and concerts will be held at castles such as Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Sully-sur-Loire and at the Château du Clos Lucé, which was donated by the king to Leonardo da Vinci, where he spent the last three years of his life. For further information on France, please follow this link ….