Created through Bernard Arnault's initiative by the LVMH Group and its brands in 2006, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has as its vocation the inauguration of a new stage in the patronage of art and culture developed by the Group since 1990. Its ambition is to encourage and promote artistic creation both in France and internationally.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated on October 20th, 2014 and will open its doors to the public on Monday, 27 October 2014 after 3 open days. See Press Release.
A NEW SPACE THAT OPENS UP A DIALOGUE WITH A WIDER PUBLIC AND PROVIDES ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS WITH A PLATFORM FOR DEBATE AND REFLECTION.quote
Formed around a collection of works of art of essentially contemporary inspiration, the multiple missions of the Fondation Louis Vuitton include the presentation of permanent collections; the organisation of temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and of multi-disciplinary performances; the holding of meetings, debates and symposia; and the development of educational activities intended particularly for younger audiences.
This building, located in Paris in the Bois de Boulogne and adjoining the Jardin d'Acclimatation, was designed by the Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry. Twelve large glass sails cover the body of the building, an assembly of white blocks referred to as the "iceberg", giving it its volume, its lightness and its vitality. Placed in a basin specially created for the purpose, the building fits easily into the natural environment, between woods and garden, while at the same time playing with light and mirror effects.
WE WANTED TO PRESENT PARIS WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY PLACE FOR ART AND CULTURE, AND DEMONSTRATE DARING AND EMOTION BY ENTRUSTING FRANK GEHRY WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUILDING THAT IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY.”quote
The Fondation Louis Vuitton: the main phases
2001: Bernard Arnault meets Frank Gehry after visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The idea of collaborating on the project for the Fondation Louis Vuitton is launched.
2006: In the presence of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, then French Minister of Culture and Communication, Bertrand Delanoë, the Mayor of Paris, and Frank Gehry, the architect of the project, Bernard Arnault, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, and Yves Carcelle, at the time Chairman of Louis Vuitton, officially announce the creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
2007: The Fondation is granted the construction permit.
2008: Levelling work and work on the moulded walls begins, thus marking the start of the construction project.
September 2009: The civil engineering work begins.
2010: A scale model of the future Fondation Louis Vuitton building is exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in Metz as part of the exhibition Chefs-d'oeuvre ? ("Masterpieces?"), in the Architecture section.
October 2012: The scale model of the Fondation building and the architectural project form the basis of an exhibition at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris during its Nuit Blanche all-night opening event.
December 2013: The building is completed.
Spring 2014: completion of finishings inside the building and the landscaping of the approaches to the Fondation building.
October 27th, 2014: Opening to the public.
From left to right: Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Bertrand Delanoë, Frank Gehry, Bernard Arnault, Yves Carcelle.
Frank Gehry looking at one 1/50th scale model of the Fondation in june 2007.
December 2013 : the Fondation's construction is nearing completion.