Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier

Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier

Paris Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier

Paris Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier

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Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

The Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum/cultural center appeared to be just as packed and busy as I would imagine it was when it first opened its doors back in 2014. After queuing (which I detest) outdoors for almost an hour without a pre-booked ticked, I finally made it past the airport-style security check and made it inside.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

As I typically frequent Tokyo’s Espace Louis Vuitton whenever I’m back home in the city, I was excited to discover what the more expansive Parisian sister version Fondation Louis Vuitton had to offer.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

The exhibition Icons of Modern Art – The Collection Shchukin, which included works by names such as Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Monet, etc. was on display and its exhibition catalogues were selling like hot cakes in the gift shop.

Renoir, Fondation Louis VuittonWoman in Black, c.1876, oil on canvas, by Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks in the permanent collection by Alexandre Rodtchenko (1891-1956).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisAn initial sketch (2014) by renowned architect Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, shown as part of the permanent exhibition Architectural Journal Frank Gehry.

Architectural Model for Fondation Louis VuittonArchitectural model for Fondation Louis Vuitton.