The Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group is excited to announce that on October 27, 2014, they will be opening the doors of their new building, the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The sleek structure is 125,938 square feet of modern elegance and was designed by American architect Frank Gehry. Located in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, the building resembles a cloud of glass.
Gehry’s design was inspired by the incredible views the location has to offer. He thought that the lush greenery of the garden and the spectacular panoramic views of Paris should be accessible to people at all times, even when they were indoors.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a corporate enterprise and a private initiative dedicated to artists and their work, representing a new phase in art patronage. The mission of the Fondation is to encourage and promote artistic creation both in France and abroad. Toward this end, the Fondation will house eleven exhibition galleries. Some will be dedicated to Louis Vuitton’s permanent collection, while other spaces will be reserved for temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. It will also contain a 350-seat multi-purpose theatre for artistic performances.
To celebrate its opening, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will host an exhibition showcasing Gehry’s architectural project. The exhibition will be presented in dialogue with the first European retrospective of his work, presented by the Centre Pompidou.