In line with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s commitment to contemporary creation and encouragement of innovative encounters with its architecture, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a temporary work by Daniel Buren. Developed in close dialogue with the building by Frank Gehry,L’Observatoire de la lumière will be installed across the glass “sails,” the emblematic feature of the building.
The 12 “sails,” formed of 3,600 pieces of glass, will be covered by a staggering array of coloured filters that are in turn punctuated, at equal distances from one another, by alternating white and blank stripes perpendicular to the ground. The 13 selected colours will make coloured forms appear and disappear, ever-changing with the time of day and the season. Through a play of colours, projections, reflections, transparencies and contrasts, both inside and outside, Daniel Buren will show this building in a new light.
Major international artist Daniel Buren (1938, France) has been developing a radical oeuvre characterised by the use of his “visual tool” (8.7 cm wide alternating white and coloured vertical stripes), since the 1960s. He moved from working with paint (1965–67) to working with space and its context. All his works are now conceived specifically for the space, context and features of the host venue and are created in situ, be that in a public space or in a museum or art gallery.
“Daniel Buren has designed a grandiose project, pertinent and enchanting, the result of a real dialogue with Frank Gehry and his building,” said Bernard Arnault, President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
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