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Louis Vuitton Foundation museum designed by Frank Gehry opens in Paris
People walk in front of the Louis Vuitton Foundation designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris on October 17, 2014. The building which takes the form of a sailboat amongst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne consists of twelve huge glass sails and is part of the long tradition of architectural glass such as the Grand Palace. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY.

By: Antoine Froidefond / Fran Blandy

PARIS (AFP).- Emerging from the woods at the edge of Paris like a glass ship, the hyper-modern Louis Vuitton art museum was inaugurated, kicking off an art-filled week in the French capital.

French President Francois Hollande hailed architect Frank Gehry's "fabulous idea" of the futuristic building at a glitzy inauguration also attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, US fashion matriarch Anna Wintour and Chanel's artistic director Karl Lagerfeld.

A transparent cloud of 12 glass sails billows around the museum's main building -- referred to by the architect as "the iceberg" -- which sits above a sunken lake on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne park.

The official unveiling of the Louis Vuitton Foundation set off a busy art week in Paris which was capped by the reopening of the Picasso museum after an extensive five-year renovation.

The flurry of cultural activity has been hailed by the city as proof that Paris still has an edge among the world's art capitals.

However the week began with controversy after a sculpture erected on the ritzy Place Vendome was vandalised this weekend amid outrage -- and mirth -- over its resemblance to a sex toy.

Hollande weighed in on the incident, saying he sided with American artist Paul McCarthy, 69, who ultimately decided not to reinstall the giant inflatable sculpture called "The Tree".

"France always sides with artists, as do I with Paul McCarthy whose work was sullied," said the president.

"Paris has been and will always be an old lady. But she is a magnificent old dame, sparkling, insolent, even audacious, whose history is intimately linked to art," wrote an editorialist in the Parisian daily newspaper.

"And the beautiful lady is not afraid to be scandalous... she still knows how to seduce," the article said, referring to the outrage over McCarthy's work, and the art-rich week ahead.

Cultural calling of France
More than a decade in the making, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is a private contemporary art museum financed by Bernard Arnault, who heads up the LVMH luxury goods empire and whose net worth is estimated at almost $30 billion (23 billion euros) by Forbes.

The 85-year-old architect Gehry wanted to "design, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolising the cultural calling of France".

The architect says he was inspired by the lightness of late 19th-century glass and garden architecture.

"It is a very unusual building. I have never designed anything exactly like it," Gehry said on the foundation's website, which describes it as "an iconic building for the 21st century".

Gehry is best known for designing the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, Spain.

The Paris building was highly controversial and parliament had to pass a special law allowing for it to be built after local groups wanting to preserve the park's character won a court battle that blocked construction.

Finally, Picasso 
Aside from the foundation's glitzy inauguration, the FIAC contemporary art fair also got under way on Thursday, with 26 countries displaying art in 191 galleries at the Grand Palais museum.

And to cap off the week, the Picasso Museum, which houses one of the world's most extensive collections of the Spanish master's work, reopened on Saturday after five years of renovation engulfed in controversy.

The museum's president Anne Baldassari was sacked mid-renovation after a public spat with staff, a move which angered the painter's son Claude Picasso who said he was "scandalised and very worried" about the future of the museum.

The price tag for the refurbishment of the 17th-century baroque mansion in Paris's historic Marais quarter also shot up amid the delays.

The final bill now stands at 52 million euros, 22 million euros higher than the original budget, due to changes in the scope of the work.

Putting the squabbles in the past, the museum unveiled around 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.

Previously only a fraction of these could be displayed at any one time, but the museum's exhibition space was more than doubled to 3,800 square metres (41,000 square feet) during the renovation.

© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse

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