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June 04, 2015
Les Clefs d'Une Passion

As any fashionista worth her oversized LV Alma will tell you, an original item branded with those instantly recognisable, interlinking letters should be considered a work of art. But none more so than the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the luxe label’s own magnificent museum and cultural centre in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne.

If you’re envisaging yet another space that serves to showcase LV’s leather goods, think again… There’s nary a handbag or heel in sight at this Frank Gehry-designed marvel, devoted to housing the cream of modern art via rotating exhibitions, such as the unmissable current offering, Les Clefs d’une Passion.

Aiming to unite the most defining and influential works of the C.20th, Les Clefs d’une Passion is an unprecedented convocation of many of the most treasured and recognisable examples of modern art, all gathered from leading institutions across the globe.

From Oslo comes The Scream by Munch, canvases by Picasso have been brought in from the Tate and the Guggenheim, a Bacon has come from as far afield as Australia, while several standout pieces by Matisse and Monet have been poached from the closer-to-home Centre Pompidou and Musée d'Orsay.

Of course, furrowed brows always work up a hearty appetite, and onsite resto Le Frank is the perfect post-culture flopspot for sophisticated French bites with a staggering fishbowl perspective of Gehry’s spectacular oeuvre. Art and architecture at its most stylish, darling.

Until 6 Jul, 2015.

Louis Vuitton Foundation / 8 ave du Mahatma Gandhi, 16th / +33 1 40 69 96 00 / 11am-8pm Mon & Wed-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun /