Next to the famous Parisian park, Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, a flurry of abstract glass sails demarcates an emblematic compound from the surrounding greenery – this is the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private cultural initiative designed to promote contemporary art for both French and international audiences.
Commissioned by the Bernard Arnault, the head of the LVMH empire, the stunning cultural destination was designed by 1989 Pritzker Prize winning architect, Frank Gehry. The Fondation Louis Vuitton recently renewed their commitment to the mission of spreading modern art on a global scale with their inaugural “Beyond-the-Walls” project, featuring a monographic exhibition dedicated to Frank Gehry’s architectural innovations for the Fondation.
From the 20th of June to the 9th of August 2015, the exhibition will be held in a specially allocated venue at the China World Shopping Mall West Building in Beijing. Titled “Fondation Louis Vuitton Building in Paris by Frank Gehry”, the exhibition retraces the conceptualisation of the Fondation, commissioned by Arnault and produced by Ghery’s team as well as curators Frédéric Migayrou and Sébastien Cherruet.
Original drawings of the Fondation and models created during the production process will all be on display, organised into sub-categories dedicated to a particular design facet of the structure – Contexts, Programme, Design Process, Interior Spaces, Icebergs and Glass Sails.
The installation-cum-exhibition was previously showcased to the Parisian public during the official opening of the Fondation, and is now presented to the Chinese public before moving on to Tokyo in October.