I'm kind of blown away by this Frank Gehry-designed masterpiece underway in Paris.  It's the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, a sort of museum intended to house art as well as be a hub of research, learning, and teaching to promote art and culture.

Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, Paris

What's so exciting to me is that I think it's the first time since the stunning and completely revolutionary 1997 Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain that we're seeing Gehry reach beyond the "voice" he found with that structure and create an entirely new vernacular with his work once again.  

Not to take anything away from the Guggenheim or the iconic Disney Concert hall here in LA that came after ... they're nothing less than works of art.  I love both and as an Angeleno I'm proud that the amazing concert Hall was a huge part of the revitalization of our downtown core.  But they're not dissimilar, are they?
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Disney Hall, Los Angeles

For the LVMH Paris Center it's said that Gehry was inspired by the glass Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees , the giant Beaux-Arts palace that was built for the World Expo of 1900 (the Eiffel Tower was the centerpiece of the 1889 World Expo.  If you're a history/architecture buff you must read "Devil In The White City" by Erik Larson, a fascinating historical account of the 1893 Word's Fair in Chicago.  It's loaded with all this trivia :)

Grand Palais, Paris

The glass "wings" of Gehry's Paris creation are on, and after lots of fits and starts and many legal hoops jumped through (the project was almost nixed mid-way through because of local opposition to its placement in the Bois de Boulogne park) ,  I believe it's slated to open by year's end ...

It will be a truly stunning addition to modern architecture in the City of Lights, joining I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid, and the Pompidou Centre by Piano and Rogers.  Makes me eager for my next visit there!


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