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Gehry's design is inspired by 19th century glass and landscape architecture||
Gehry's design is inspired by 19th century glass and landscape architecture
30 Jun 2014

Frank Gehry's contemporary art foundation for Parisian fashion house Louis Vuitton set for autumn opening.

Foundation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry is set to open in October this year, six years since the project began.

Influenced by the lightness and fluidity of late nineteenth century glass and garden architecture, the structure comprises 12 curling sails, made up of 3,600 glass panels.

"I dream of designing, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolising the cultural calling of France," Gehry is reported to have said.

There will be 11 exhibition spaces, a 350-seat auditorium, events spaces and educational facilities. The upper level terraces provide panoramic views of the Foundation's verdant setting of Paris' Jardin d'Acclimatation, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.

Marking the French fashion house's first foray into the contemporary art world, it will house a permanent collection of French and international art, as well as temporary exhibitions and commissions, and multi-disciplinary performances and events.

An exhibition showcasing Gehry's design will mark the opening of the Foundation Louis Vuitton, and will coincide with a retrospective of the 1989 Pritzker Laureate at the Centre Pompidou.


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