Louis Vuitton Foundation hosts His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and other VIPs at its inauguration Gala

Last night at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, celebrating [its inauguration] and its recognition by the French government … Distinguished guests of the Paris VIP and other arts and business’ from around the world, [included] HE the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili (one of the first to arrive and more discreet), were hosted at the gala.

His Highness the Aga Khan at Gala event at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

By Valerie Duponchelle,  Le Figaro.  Updated the 23/10/2014 14:17, Issued the 10/21/2014 at 00:13

Google Translation: Gala event at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

It’s not every day that a president has the tough task of inaugurating a splendid museum in Paris Frank Gehry. The time was very official, last night at the Louis Vuitton Foundation and celebrating his birth and its recognition by the French government in a ceremony that is both precise and ostentatious. From 17 hours, a whole system of barriers (chic) ​​was placed in front of the entrance to the building steel, glass and soft Ductal concrete that distinguished the press, this laborious, guests of the Paris VIP and other arts and business from around the world, Madame Mori, large Japanese patron, to HE the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili, one of the first to arrive and more discreet.

Three private security services were mobilized to guarantee a smooth and flawless order. Added there own security service at the Elysee. A yellow badge for photographers intended to remain outside to blast the guests, Anna Wintour, fearsome priestess of Vogue , Sofia Coppola, miniature size and wildly graceful princess arrived in well after the speeches, Almine Rech, while feathers pink swan flesh, and her beloved husband Bernard Picasso to Karl Lagerfeld, the Kaiser of fashion recognizable among thousands. A blue badge for journalists entitled to stay with these people in the lobby for all three speakers – Bernard Arnault, owner of the flexible and precise synthesis, Frank Gehry, friendly and natural as an American president to campaign in Holland Twilight (McCarthy, here we come!). They all went out on the lawn to see the building ablaze with lightning in the voice of the soprano Natalie Dessay singing like an alien’s Vocalise by Rachmaninoff, with cellist Henri Demarquette on a Stradivarius from the collection of the LVMH group.

Original in French: Soirée prestigieuse à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’un président de la République a comme rude tâche d’inaugurer un splendide musée signé Frank Gehry à Paris. L’heure était donc très officielle, hier soir, à la Fondation Louis Vuitton qui célébrait ainsi sa naissance et sa reconnaissance par l’Etat français dans une cérémonie à la fois précise et fastueuse. Dès 17 heures, tout un système de barrières (chics) était disposé devant l’entrée du bâtiment d’acier, de verre et de souple béton Ductal qui distinguait la presse, cette laborieuse, des invités du Tout-Paris et autres VIP des arts et des affaires venus du monde entier, de Madame Mori, grande mécène japonaise, à SE l’Aga Khan, chef spirituel des ismaéliens nizârites, l’un des premiers arrivés et des plus discrets.

Trois services de sécurité privés étaient mobilisés pour une fluidité garantie et un ordre sans reproche. S’y ajoutait le service de sécurité propre à l’Elysée. Un badge jaune pour les photographes destinés à rester dehors pour mitrailler les convives, d’Anna Wintour, prétresse redoutable de Vogue, à Sofia Coppola, format miniature et follement gracieux arrivée en princesse bien après les discours, d’Almine Rech, tout en plumes de cygne rose chair, et son cher mari Bernard Picasso à Karl Lagerfeld, Kaiser de la mode reconnaissable entre mille. Un badge bleu pour les journalistes habilités à rester avec ce beau monde dans le lobby pour les trois discours – Bernard Arnault, maître de la synthèse souple et précise, Frank Gehry, sympathique et naturel comme un Américain, le président Hollande en campagne jusqu’au crépuscule (McCarthy, nous voilà!). Tous sortirent sur la pelouse pour voir le bâtiment s’embraser d’éclairs sous la voix de la soprano Natalie Dessay chantant comme une extra-terrestre la Vocalise de Rachmaninov, accompagnée du violoncelliste Henri Demarquette sur un stradivarius appartenant à la collection du groupe LVMH.

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About Louis Vuitton Foundation

In 2006, at the behest of Bernard Arnault, the LVMH group created the Foundation Louis Vuitton.

Designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, it falls within the policy of art and culture patronage developed by the Group over the last twenty years.

A private cultural initiative, the Foundation Louis Vuitton’s aim is to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton opens an exciting new cultural chapter for Paris. It brings the city a new space devoted to art — especially contemporary art — and above all a place for meaningful exchanges between artists and visitors from Paris, from France, and from the entire world. By encouraging spontaneous dialogue, the new Foundation seeks to inspire both emotion and contemplation.

This is a distinctive cultural initiative because the Foundation is private. It has been made possible thanks to the corporate patronage of LVMH and the Group’s companies, notably Louis Vuitton, reflecting the values shared by all the people of LVMH and its shareholders.

The Foundation transcends the ephemeral present by creating optimistic momentum and embodying a passion for artistic freedom. It is very much a dream come true.

About Frank Gehry

Mr. Frank O. Gehry, Canadian architect, is the principal in charge of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Incorporated, which he established in 1962.

Mr. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California and studied city planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

His architectural career spans five decades and has produced public and private buildings in America, Japan and, most recently, Europe. The work of Mr. Gehry has been featured in major professional publications and national and international trade journals. In 1986, an exhibition entitled The Architecture of Frank O. Gehry travelled throughout North America from Minneapolis to Atlanta, Houston, Toronto and Los Angeles, ending at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

In 1989, Mr Gehry was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize and was named a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome. In 1992, he received the Wolf Prize in Art and the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale Award in Architecture. Mr. Gehry received the first Lillian Gish Award in 1994, and was presented the National Medal of Arts in 1998; he was awarded the American Institute of Architecture’s Gold Medal in 1999.

Mr. Gehry served as a member of the 1992 Award Master Jury and the 1995 and 2001 Steering Committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. … learn more

Frank Gehry and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA)

“Frank Gehry has been an adamant supporter of social responsibility.”

– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan,
Scully Award Acceptance Speech, January 25, 2005 Washington DC, USA

The fifth cycle of the AKAA established the social responsibility of architecture as a core concern of the Award, largely through the influence of Frank Gehry, who served on the 1992 Master Jury. Then, with the 1995 Award, which cited a reforestation project in Turkey, the Master Jury announced a broader concern with urban ecology and how the built environment is shaped. … learn more

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