Frank Geh­ry: on the Vuit­ton Buil­ding and Ar­chi­tec­ture Ge­ne­ral­ly

Art Press - - L’INTERVIEW -

Frank Geh­ry is ma­king the news in Pa­ris this fall, with the inau­gu­ra­tion of the Fon­da­tion Louis Vuit­ton buil­ding, which he de­si­gned, and a re­tros­pec­tive of his work at the Pom­pi­dou Cen­ter (Oc­to­ber 8, 2014–Ja­nua­ry 26, 2015). While a num­ber of his em­ble­ma­tic buil­dings, most fa­mous­ly the Gug­gen­heim Mu­seum in Bil­bao, have pu­blic cur­ren­cy, his ideas are much less well known. A city plan­ner as well as an ar­chi­tect, in­ter­es­ted in de­ve­lo­ping di­gi­tal de­si­gn and fa­bri­ca­tion tools, Geh­ry’s great concern is how to hu­ma­nize ar­chi­tec­ture. Mu­sic and art are al­so cen­tral to his ap­proach, as the in­ter­view be­low makes clear. The ope­ning of the Fon­da­tion Louis Vuit­ton will take place in three stages. It will start with a li­mi­ted se­lec­tion of works from the col­lec­tion, in­clu­ding pieces by Ge­rhard Rich­ter, Pierre Huy­ghe, Ch­ris­tian Bol­tans­ki and Tho­mas Schutte, as well as per­ma­nent works by Ells­worth Kel­ly and Ola­fur Elias­son. Works com­mis­sio­ned from Sa­rah Mor­ris, Adrian Vil­la Ro­jas, and Ta­ryn Si­mon will be ex­hi­bi­ted tem­po­ra­ri­ly. A pro­gram of per­for­mances will com­plete this presentation. The ar­chi­tec­ture it­self will fea­ture pro­mi­nent­ly. The se­cond phase, in De­cem­ber, will fo­cus more on the col­lec­tion, no­ta­bly with a big ex­hi­bi­tion by Ola­fur Elias­son. Fi­nal­ly, a show plan­ned for March 2015 will in­clude im­por­tant mo­dern and con­tem­po­ra­ry works both from the col­lec­tion and from other ma­jor ins­ti­tu­tions around the world.

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