Conversation: Frank Gehry and Jean-Louis Cohen

Wednesday 2 October 2019 - Auditorium

6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.

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 catalogue of the exhibition


Frank Gehry



Over the last forty years, Frank Gehry has been responsible for numerous major buildings, mainly in the United States and Europe. Among these are his own residence in Santa Monica, which acted as his professional manifesto, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the DZ Bank Building in Berlin, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the IAC Building and the New York Tower. He has taught for several years at Yale University.


Moved by a permanent quest for innovation and meaning, in each of his projects, he pushes the boundaries of traditional architecture to create powerful, poetic buildings.

Training: University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, and Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

1979: Completion of his own residence in Santa Monica.

1993: Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis.

1996: The Dancing House, Prague.

1997: Opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

2000: Receives the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

2001: First meeting with Bernard Arnault and first sketches of the Fondation building.

2003: Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Vitra Museum in Weil-am-Rhein. In the same year, Frank Gehry receives the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

2006: Sydney Pollack pays tribute to him in his film Sketches of Frank Gehry.

2007: IAC Building, New York.

2011: New York Tower by Gehry.

Jean-Louis Cohen

Historian et architect


Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect and historian, the author of many works on architecture and cities from the 19th century to present day. In 1994, he was named the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, and is also a Visiting Professor at the Collège de France. 

In 1997, France’s Ministry of Culture charged him with creating La Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage), where he managed two departments: the Institut français d'architecture (French Architectural Institute) until 2004, and Le Musée des Monuments français (French Monuments Museum) until 2003.


Jean-Louis Cohen has designed and overseen many exhibitions, including The Lost Vanguard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (2007). At the Centre Georges Pompidou, he was responsible for the architecture of Paris-Moscow (1979) and served as Scientific Advisor for L'aventure le Corbusier (1987).

The essential

Estimated duration : 1h
Wednesday 2 October 2019
6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. - Auditorium


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 exhibition Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World

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