Architectural journey
Frank Gehry, la Fondation Louis Vuitton

From 29 August to 30 September 2018


© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry - Photo Iwan Baan, 2014

From 29 August to 30 September 2018, while the Fondation installs the next exhibition "In Tune with the World. Works from the Collection", 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.

Curator: Sébastien Cherruet

The Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry, A building for the Twenty-First Century

This book offers a great technical overview of the building process, richly illustrated with photographs, architectural drawings, maps and many more.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton. Inaugural Exhibition Catalogue

In this book, you will find photographs of the building as well as texts celebrating the boat-like aspect of the Fondation that will take you on a journey into the world of Frank Gehry.

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Commissionned Artworks

Inspired by the "Glass Vessel", the commissions invest the interior and exterior spaces of the Fondation. From the Grotto to the terraces, they atest to the perceptions of the artists invited to produce works resonating with the architecture of Frank Gehry.


Visit the Fondation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton extends a very special welcome to its visitors.
The unique space, collections and concept make for a stimulating experience that is open to every visitor and tailored to satisfy the curiosity of novices and connoisseurs alike

Prepare your visit
  • © 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


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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