Architectural journey Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Past exhibition - From 29 August to 30 September 2018

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Architectural journey Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton

From 29 August to 30 September 2018, while the Fondation installs the next exhibition the galleries are closed. At this time, you can visit the building, discover the "Architectural journey" permanent exhibition, enjoy the micro-tours, family activities, and the panoramic views from the terraces at a special rate of €9 for general admission, €4 for reduced admission and €20 for families.


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.


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.


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 recognized as a major new monument for Paris.

the curator

Sébastien Cherruet

The essential

From 29 August to 30 September 2018

Your visit

Short tours: free and without reservation, duration 30 minutes, departures every 30 minutes, French and English

Free downloadable visit application on your iOS and Android smartphone or available on loan at the welcome desk

For your children: notebook of games for 7-12 year olds and iPad application Archi-moi for free download or available at the welcome desk


© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

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Fondation Louis Vuitton. Inaugural Exhibition Catalogue


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Weekend for families

The Fondation Louis Vuitton and DADA magazine have put together a weekend of fun and fascinating events especially for families.

27 and 28 October 2018
From 2.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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DOWNTOWN 81, cine-concert with acompagniment of James Chance

The film Downtown 81 will be introduced by Maripol, the producer, who was a close friend of the artist, and also accompagnied with a live musical by James Chance and the White.

Friday 23 November 2018
7 p.m.
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Conversation: Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden is the Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem since 2005 which was opened as a pioneering experiment in 1968 with a programme dedicated to African-American artists and artists of African origin.

Saturday 24 November 2018
5 p.m.


Housed in a spectacular building commissioned by Bernard Arnault and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation's building features spaces dedicated to the permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and commissioned works. (…) The natural, woody environment of the Jardin d'Acclimatation served as an inspiration for Frank Gehry to create the Fondation's structure of glass and transparency embodied in a glass shell, an assembly of blocks known as the “iceberg” that covers the body of the building.

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