Architectural journey Frank Gehry

Exhibition From 30.08.2023 to 15.10.2023

© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry Crédit photographique : © Iwan Baan 2014


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While waiting for the "Mark Rothko" exhibition in October 2023, the Fondation is still open. While the galleries will be closed, you can visit the building at a special rate. Enjoy the "Architectural journey", our permanent exhibition on Frank Gehry's project for the Fondation.

Also on the programme, short guided tours and activities for children. Take the opportunity to discover the terraces and their panoramic view.

Architectural journey

Bathed in natural daylight from a skylight, the exhibition begins in the Studio, which displays an original scale model around which visitors can walk before discovering two widescreen videos shot using drones.

Prepared in collaboration with Frank Gehry’s teams in Los Angeles, this permanent exhibition proposes an open itinerary for visitors. Like the building itself, which offers multiple possible itineraries, visitors are invited on an architectural journey that describes and explains the process that culminated in a building which is already recognised as a major new monument for Paris.

This combination creates a unique visual experience, offering a vision of the building’s striking beauty, as well as its technological complexity. The landings overlooking the “canyon” present key elements essential to understanding the building: construction, materials, design, context in Paris.

The landings can be accessed via the sole staircase where the steel structural walls have been left exposed, evoking the hull of a ship. Visitors also discover the initial sketches for the project, expressing the creative inspiration of the architect, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989.

Continue your visit by discovering the commissioned works, inspired by the architecture of Frank Gehry. Displayed in different areas of the building, inside and outside, they reflect the artists’ responses to the architecture of Frank Gehry. Olafur Eliasson, Adrián Villar Rojas and Katharina Grosse take possession of the place with light installation, decorative scheme, film, sculpture…

The Fondation can also be discovered in family. Various activities are suggested to explore the building and its different spaces in a narrative, playful and participative way. A storytelling tour and a games and sketches workshop can be booked online.

The architect

Frank Gehry

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954 and studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design before opening his own agency in Los Angeles in 1962.

In subsequent years, Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over six decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize. Notable projects include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, USA; Eight Spruce Street Residential Tower in New York City, USA; Opus Residential Tower in Hong Kong; Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France; the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building for the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia; the Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul, South Korea; the LUMA / Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France. Projects under construction include Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Facebook Campus in Menlo Park, California, USA; the Grand Avenue Project in Los Angeles, California, USA; a new centre for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) in Inglewood, California, USA; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C., USA; and the Battersea Power Station Development in London, England.