Today I want to present you a building, which impressed me lastingly. The architecture is stunning, the architect is in a league of his own and the owner of this building is legendary for its luxury bags. Everyone knows the pattern design. I’m talking about Louis Vuitton and Frank O. Gehry.
What happens if someone like Gehry builds a museum for the Fondation Louis Vuitton?
The result is extraordinary! A building which allows not just to present the collection in a unique way but which became an artwork itself. But who is this architect? I think most of you have already heard the name Frank Gehry. He was born in Toronto in 1929, he lives in California and his special way of create buildings without corners became his unique trademark. His architecture is called deconstructivistic. Straight lines or symmetry buildings are burst open and rebuild in a new way. You hardly find any straight walls in a Gehry building. For museums those buildings are a true challenge for the presentation of objects – but I think it’s a beautiful challenge. How would you present a painting on a curved wall?
One way or another the view of Gehry’s buildings is always amazing.
The most famous museum buildings by Frank Gehry are the distinctive Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain), the Music Experience Center (Seattle, USA), the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, GER) or Marta Herford (GER). A year ago the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in Paris. (Frank Gehry is creating new concepts for two new Guggenheim Museums in New York and Abu Dhabi by the way.)
Last year I visited the brand-new museum in Paris and I was crazy about it. The Fondation Louis Vuitton accommodates mostly art of the 20th century. The exhibition space amounts 11.000 square meter and embraces 11 galleries. The reason of my trip to Paris was the first special exhibition. They presented Olafur Eliasson, about whom I will tell you more next week. 😉 Futhermore there can be found objects by Thomas Schütte, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol or Gerhard Richter (to name a few artists) at the collection. People who are interested in contemporary art should definitely visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
#museum | Fondation Louis Vuitton
#architect | Frank O. Gehry