November 27, 2016

Fondation Louis Vuitton announces the exhibition ‘Building in Paris
by Frank Gehry, with the participation of Daniel Buren


Fondation Louis Vuitton announces the exhibition ‘Building in Paris
by Frank Gehry, with the participation of Daniel Buren

‘Building in Paris,’ by Frank Gehry 

At Espace Louis Vuitton – Venezia
May 27, 2016 – February 26, 2017

On the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in October 2014, Frank Gehry said ‘I dream of designing a magnificent vessel for Paris that symbolises France’s profound cultural vocation.’ 

‘Building in Paris’ will open on 27 May at Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Calle del Ridotto in the heart of Venice. This collaboration will retrace the story of Frank Gehry’s dream, offering an immersion into the creative world of the Canadian-American architect, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989. 

Conceived at the request of Bernard Arnault, Chairman of LVMH / Moët Hennessy · Louis Vuitton and of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, this exhibition was prepared by Frank Gehry’s teams, in close collaboration with the Fondation Louis Vuitton. 

The exhibition presents a selection of scale models created during the project by the Gehry Partners Studio. The models are organised by groups to retrace studies for various aspects of the Fondation Louis Vuitton including the integration in the site, architectural programme, project design, interior spaces, the “icebergs” and the glass sails. 

The models are grouped together to evoke schools of fish, which is a favourite symbol of Frank Gehry. The exhibition design creates the impression that the works float in a liquid atmosphere. This dynamic movement is further enhanced through a video which offers a non-anthropometric vision of the building. 

The exhibition route is a reflection of the layout of the building and is replete with detours and discoveries. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in Frank Gehry’s project, for an enriching experience of this monument, which has enhanced the extraordinary architectural heritage of Paris and which has already attracted more than a million visitors. 

Initially unveiled in Paris for the inauguration of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the exhibition has been specially redesigned by Gehry Partners for the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia. 

It is part of Fondation Louis Vuitton’s ‘Beyond the Walls’ programme of events. As well as presenting the building’s impressive architecture, screens in the exhibition in Venice will project the rich artistic programming at Fondation Louis Vuitton. This includes temporary exhibitions with a contemporary or historical perspective, presentations of the Fondation’s collection, as well as concerts in the Auditorium. 

Intervention by Daniel Buren 

As part of the exhibition, Daniel Buren has designed a special installation incorporating the glass roof of the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia. This is in echo to the presentation of his temporary work, ‘Observatory of Light,’ which has been unveiled at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on May 11, 2016. Installed across the Foundation’s 12 glass ‘sails’, the creation will offer a new and striking perceptive of the building. 

Opening times 

27 May 2016 – 26 February 2017 
Monday – Saturday, 10.00-19.30 
Sunday, 10.00-19.00 
Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Calle del Ridotto 1353, 30124 Venezia