LA FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON  - Frank Gehry's production  

Exhibition in Beijing and Tokyo


© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Jean Larivière

As stated on the occasion of its inauguration, the Fondation Louis Vuitton intends to deploy its artistic activities not only in Paris but also abroad. The first stage in this “Beyond-the-Walls” program will take the form of a monographic exhibition devoted to Frank Gehry and his architectural project for the Fondation. Based on what was shown in Paris last October at the inauguration of the Fondation, the exhibition will take place in Beijing from June 20th to August 9th 2015, in a specially allocated venue at the China World Shopping Mall West Building.


The exhibition will then travel to Tokyo, where it will be held in the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo from October 15th 2015.


Future events in the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Beyond-the-Walls” art program will be announced subsequently. Focused on Frank Gehry’s project for the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the exhibition presented in Beijing offers a new vision of the creative universe of the architect, recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989. The exhibition retraces the entire process of the building’s conception, from early sketches to the completion of work for the Fondation that the architect has described as a ‘magnificent vessel that symbolizes France’s profound cultural vocation.’

Alongside with the original drawings, the exhibition features all the models produced in the course of the project. These are organized into sub-sections, each reflecting the study of a particular aspect of the building: Contexts, Program, Design Process, Interior Spaces, Icebergs, and Glass Sails.

Next steps

Commissioned by Bernard Arnault and produced through close collaborations between Frank Gehry’s teams and curators Frédéric Migayrou and Sébastien Cherruet, this exhibition is in fact a true installation. Unveiled in Paris in conjunction with the official opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, this exhibition is today presented to the Chinese public, an audience already familiar with the monuments of the French capital and now given the chance to learn about the building designed by Frank Gehry.

It is important to note that the Fondation Louis Vuitton occupies a key place in the retrospective works of Frank Gehry’s entire oeuvre which was organized and showcased at the Centre Pompidou from October 20th  2014 to February 16th 2015 and will be travelling to the LACMA Los Angeles in September 2015 and later to São Paulo and Melbourne.


Frédéric Migayrou : Curator 

Sébastien Cherruet: Deputy curator