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With most of the world in stay-at-home mode to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has introduced a special program of events. Closed due to lockdown measures, the museum has reinvented its cultural offerings to bring visitors an exceptional artistic experience in their homes. Faithful to its goal of sharing art and culture regardless of circumstances, the Fondation Louis Vuitton invites aficionados to discover or rediscover its exhibitions, musical events and artists.
The health crisis unleashed by the Covid-19 epidemic has made it impossible for people to attend events at museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls. The Fondation Louis Vuitton, true to its mission of promoting the arts, has adapted its program to the lockdown in France. Since people cannot come to the Foundation, the Foundation is bringing the arts to them!
Each week the Foundation Louis Vuitton invites the public to enjoy the works of great artists and major events that have marked the still young institution since its inauguration in 2014. The #FLVfromhome initiative features live events, interviews, rebroadcasts of concerts, guided tours of exhibitions and masterclasses. Via its social media pages, the Fondation Louis Vuitton proposes three rendezvous each week, echoing the diversity of its regular agenda.
For the beginning of April the program debuts on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 pm (Paris time) with a presentation of the installation “Observatory of Light. In situ work” by Daniel Buren. Shown for a year from May 2016 to May 2017, the in-situ work by the artist spanned the entire Fondation Louis Vuitton, creating a harmonious dialogue with the building designed by Frank Gehry. The video streamed on Wednesday retraces the origins and setup of the installation with Daniel Buren, Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of the Fondation Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Paschal, the project engineer.
Next up, a major concert featuring the work of composer Steve Reich will be broadcast on April 10th at 8:30 pm. A pioneer in minimalist music, Steve Reich himself is on hand for a performance of some of his best-known pieces by the Colin Currie Group and the Synergy Vocals singers. Recorded on December 2, 2017 in the Foundation auditorium, the concert will be followed by an interview with Steve Reich and Colin Currie.
The week culminates on Sunday, April 12 at 5:30 pm with a concert by the second cohort of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle, directed by Gautier Capuçon. Six young talented cellists – selected following auditions in France and other countries – were invited to a several month master class with the internationally-renowned virtuoso. They will bring the program to a close with a concert, accompanied by Gautier Capuçon.