The Fondation Louis Vuitton - Frank Gehry's production

Past exhibition - From 20 June to 9 October 2015

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton - Frank Gehry's production

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.


Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing

China World Shopping Mall W. Bldg.

1 Jianguomenwai Ave.



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.



The curators

Frédéric Migayrou : Curator 

Sébastien Cherruet: Deputy curator

the Fondation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is an institution that serves the public interest dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and artists, as well as 20th century works to which their inspirations can be traced. The Fondation’s own collection and the exhibitions it organizes seek to engage a broad public. The building created by architect Frank Gehry constitutes the seminal artistic statement by the Fondation. This building is already recognized as an emblematic example of 21st century architecture. The Fondation Louis Vuitton has welcomed more than a million visitors per year from France and around the world since its opening in October 2014. Confirming this international recognition of the Fondation’s artistic commitment, the exhibition Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection (October 2016-March 2017) received a record-breaking 1.2 million visitors.

From its opening in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton announced that it would engage in international initiatives, both at the Fondation and in partnership with public and private institutions, including other foundations and museums. The Fondation is also responsible for the artistic direction of a specific “Hors-les-murs” program within its cultural spaces in Munich, Venice, Beijing and Tokyo, which are exclusively devoted to exhibitions of works from its collection. The exhibitions they organize are open to the public free of charge, and their programs are promoted through specific cultural communication.

The essential

From 20 June to 9 October 2015


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