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The Cartier foundation and the Louis Vuitton foudation

published on August 25, 2015
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As the first example of sponsorship in France, the Cartier Foundation for contemporary art has been championing contemporary artists for over 30 years. It is at once a space for artists to come and express themselves and an exhibition center, open to all disciplines: photography, painting video, fashion and the performing arts.

Housed in its magnificent glass and steel building designed by Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 1984, not only does it blend seamlessly into its surroundings, it even transforms from day to day as the shadow of its Lebanese Cedar, planted by Chateaubriand in 1823, appears to metamorphose at the discretion of surrounding lights. The Foundation currently houses a lavish exhibition on Congolese artistic life: Beauty Congo showcasing approximately 350 works and 41 artists for a multi-disciplinary path: paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Some of the artists featured in the exhibition were hosted at the Esprit de France hotel, Hotel Aiglon, also located Boulevard Raspail, during the opening ceremony.

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The Cartier Foundation

Inaugurated in October 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation also champions artistic creativity. However, it functions more as a traditional museum. Although it has commissioned many works from young artists, it also boasts a wealth of big names from the contemporary scene, in the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Christian Boltanski and Olafur Eliasson. Its building designed by Frank Gehry and often nicknamed the “Guggenheim of Paris” is just amazing. It is a masterful creation depicting twelve glass sails made of 3600 glass panels, set within Bois de Boulogne. Its location next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation means that not only will it bring pleasure to adults; children will also be attracted to it as they discover this beautiful play area (rides, animals, games, etc…)

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The Louis Vuitton Fondation

Plan your visit

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

261, boulevard Raspail, Paris 14.
Open every day, except Monday
From 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Open Tuesday evenings until 10 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday at 6:30 pm, visitors with an admission ticket can attend a free guided tour of the exhibition.
From 7 to 10.50 Euros.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris 16.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 12.00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Open Friday evenings until 11.00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: from 11.00 a.m to 8.00 p.m.
From 5 to 14 euros (with Jardin d’Acclimatation entrance), free under 3 years old.

“Orsay, quartier à facettes”

published on June 18, 2012
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Esprit de France invites you to discover Orsay, quartier à facettes, a nice and richly illustrated article from the lifestyle magazine Côté Paris.
You still have to book your stay at the Hotel d’Orsay. Follow the guide….

Do you know the free museums of Paris?

published on October 12, 2011
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Weather you like modern art, literary art, Asian art, painting or History, you will find a free museum you like in Paris. And you will certainly find one close to an Esprit de France hotel.  10 years ago, the city decided to make free permanent collections of 11 museums. This is the opportunity to visit Paris out of the beaten tracks by discovering these charming museums sometimes unknown.

Here is the list of the 11 free museums:

Museum of Modern Art of Paris
Balzac house

Bourdelle museum  (except during temporary exhibitions time)

Carnavalet museum, museum of Paris history

Cernuschi museum, museum of Asian arts

Cognac Jay museum, 18th century museum

General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Paris liberation museum, Jean Moulin museum

Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum

Victor Hugo house

Romantic life museum

Zadkine museum (except during temporary exhibitions time)

Click on the museum names to discover them in details.

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