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Fondation Louis Vuitton – a magnificent new cultural venue for Paris

I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolises France’s profound cultural vocation.

The soaring glass sails of Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton. 

With these words, the famous architect, Frank Gehry, creator of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum (1997), gave his blessing to the opening in October 2014 of his masterpiece, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

We were lucky enough to be in Paris that week and joined perhaps 10,000 others for its first open weekend.

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‘Don Quixote’: a perfect, festive season ballet in Paris

Program for ‘Don Quixote’ Opera Bastille. 

In Paris during the Christmas/New Year season, we were thrilled to see the latest revival of this much-loved ballet at Opera Bastille.  Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev for the Vienna State Opera in 1966, his version was inspired by the original of Marius Petipa, Maître de Ballet of the Tsar’s Imperial Ballet, with music by Ludwig Minkus.  ‘Don Quixote’ was first performed by the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre  Moscow, in December 1869.

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