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Experience New Paris 2015

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Experience new Paris 2015

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Architecture, urban landscape renewal and contemporary art

Paris is known for its history, museums and exceptional sites, but it is no sleeping beauty; rather, it is resolutely modern. In the image of the recent Louis Vuitton Foundation - place of culture and boldness -, here are all the places where contemporary architecture can be found.

Fondation Louis VuittonThe city's spectacular, innovative architecture, with the opening of new buildings such as the Louis Vuitton Foundation by Frank Gehry, the Philharmonie de Paris by Jean Nouvel and the Cité départementale musicale de l’Île Seguin in 2016; and the renovation of historic sites such as the Monnaie de Paris, the upcoming rehabilitation by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel of the Water Theater Grove of the Palace of Versailles, and the transformation of Château de Rentilly into a real work of art by Xavier Veilhan, are just some of the strong artistic gestures that have confirmed the Paris Region as the undeniable capital of contemporary creation. This creation is celebrated through major events such as FIAC, Art Paris Art Fair and Nuit Blanche that you won't want to miss.

Paul Maurer à la Grande NefTrade fairs, festivals and new rendez-vous give rhythm all year long to noteworthy cultural events held in the destination. Among them, a myriad of eagerly awaited exhibitions such as the British artist Anish Kapoor who will interact in the summer of 2015 with the architecture and gardens of the Palace of Versailles, and in 2016, the Monumenta biennial exhibition in the nave of the Grand Palais will present the work of the French artist of Chinese origin Huang Yongping.

Either in their permanent collections or in temporary exhibitions, major museums and centres for contemporary art leave a special place for artists of the twentieth century and for today. Over the years, the Cartier Foundation for contemporary art and the Palais de Tokyo have become major venues on the modern art scene, while MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine is celebrating its 10th anniversary and world-famous galleries such as Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin and Gagosian in Le Bourget are being installed in the suburbs of Paris. The Galeries Lafayette Foundation is slated to open in 2016, further enhancing this activity.

Paris also honors new creative trends, which have a dedicated exhibition space, Art Ludique – The Museum, a bridge linking comics, mangas, animation films and video games to contemporary art. In the realm of cinema, Cultival invites you behind the scenes of Luc Besson's La Cité du Cinéma. Photography also has its own can't-miss events particularly with Paris Photo and Photoquai, the biennial exhibition of contemporary photography whose fifth edition will be held in 2015. Photographic art is also showcased all year long at internationally renowned sites such as Jeu de Paume, the Maison européenne de la photographie and the cozier Le Bal.


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