The Fondation Louis Vuitton marks a new phase in the philanthropic efforts of the LVMH group and its houses, and epitomizes the support for art, culture and heritage they have been providing for nearly twenty-five years. Five years after meeting architect Frank Gehry, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group launched a major project.
It marks a new step driven by a renewed ambition to promote creation in the present by adopting a position of openness and dialogue with artists, intellectuals and the public, and to astound visitors by offering a multifaceted activity that informs, exhibits and showcases the works of the 20th and 21st centuries in an exceptional space.
We wanted to present Paris with an extraordinary space for art and culture, and demonstrate daring and emotion by entrusting Frank Gehry with the construction of an iconic building for the 21st century… A new space that opens up a dialogue with a wider public and provides artists and intellectuals with a platform for debate and reflection. –Bernard Arnault