A Luxury Museum for Paris

November 13, 2014 2:57 PM

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton, a new museum in the Bois de Boulogne, is an impeccable creation that has taken years to materialize. It is the lovechild of Bernard Arnault, president of the luxury conglomerate LVMH and the wealthiest man in France. (And fifth wealthiest in the world.)

Deeply impressed by Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Arnault met with the American "starchitect" in 2002 and began a long process of consultation to design a museum to house his personal art collection. Arnault had his eye on the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, the c...

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