The Fondation Louis Vuitton Showcases Frank Gehry Exhibition in Beijing

The Fondation Louis Vuitton Showcases Frank Gehry in Beijing

On October 27, 2014, La Fondation Louis Vuitton had its grand public opening in Paris. For this city of Art and dreams, this was an exhilarating occasion, an excitingly new cultural milestone for it to have a venue dedicated to art, particularly contemporary art. But above all else, there was now a place for meaningful exchanges between artists and visitors from Paris, from the entire French nation and from across the world.

La Fondation Louis Vuitton Exhibition Now in Beijing, China

Stated in this event was La Fondation Louis Vuitton’s intent to deploy its artistic activities not only in Paris but around the globe. The first phase of this no-borders program takes on the form of a monographic exhibition of its master architect, Frank Gehry and the very architectural project he has done for the foundation. This very same exhibition is now currently being staged and displayed in Beijing until the 9th of August, 2015. It is happening at a specially allotted space at the China world Shopping Mall, West Building. The exhibition will then move on to Tokyo in the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo from October 15, 2015 onwards.

The exhibition backtracks to the entire building process from its early conception to the rough drawings all the way to the finishing touches of the fondation described as a magnificent vessel that symbolizes the cultural vocation of the French. Together with the original sketches, the exhibition will also put on display all the models that were created in the course of the project development. They will be organized into particular sections to reflect the studies done in a specific aspect of the building.

Close Collaboration Works

Frank Gehry, master architect and laureate of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989 designed the unique, emblematic and bold building. From the initial sketches drawn on a blank page of a notebook to its completion, architect Gehry, at the behest of and in collaboration with Bernard Arnault, Chairman and chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group, and Yves Carcelle, chairman of Louis Vuitton, incessantly sought to design a magnificent structure that was to symbolize France’s deep cultural vocation.

Paying homage to a history rooted in French culture of the 19th century, the architect fine-tuned his design and dared to used technological advances of the 21st century, paving the way for pioneering innovation.

Photography credits: © Jean Larivière pour la Fondation Louis Vuitton, © Iwan Baan 2014