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Conversation: Frank Gehry and Jean-Louis Cohen

Event 2 October 2019 – 6:30pm


In conjunction with the exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World, the Fondation organises on Wednesday 2 October 2019 a conversation about the french designer with Frank Gehry, the architect of the building, and Jean-Louis Cohen, historian and architect.

Charlotte Perriand sur la « Chaise longue basculante, B306 » (1928-1929) – Le Corbusier, P. Jeanneret, C. Perriand, vers 1928 © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris 2019 © AChP

Although I never had the honor of meeting Ms. Perriand, I feel a kinship with her. She showed her staggeringly beautiful chaise-longue in 1929 - the year I was born. Many years later, I worked on my own bentwood chairs that had resonance with hers.

Frank Gehry - extract from the exhibition catalogue


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.

Jean-Louis Cohen

The programme

6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Conversation about Charlotte Perriand
Frank Gehry and Jean-Louis Cohen
In conjunction with the opening of the Charlotte Perriand exhibition
Inventing a New World