Fondation Louis Vuitton Opens in Paris

  • The grounds of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a park on the edge of the 16th arrondissement.

    The grounds of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a park on the edge of the 16th arrondissement.

  • The Frank Gehry-designed building by night.

    The Frank Gehry-designed building by night.

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If anyone can take 13,500 square meters of glass, 19,000 concrete panels, and from it sculpt the soft curves of a dozen billowing sails, it’s Frank Gehry. Twelve years in the making, the architect’s latest creation is the Fondation Louis Vuitton (8 Ave. du Mahatma Gandhi; 33-1/ 4069-9696;, a remarkable contemporary-art museum and cultural center that rises out of the Bois de Boulogne in western Paris like a crystalline ship. Commissioned by LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault to house the art collection of his luxury goods conglomerate, the museum’s 11 galleries and capacious concert hall will host works by the likes of Jeff Koons  and Richard Prince as well as a rotating calendar of specially curated events. First up? An exhibition about Gehry’s creative process, as reflective as the building itself. –David Tse

This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Capital Asset”)

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