October 28, 2014  —  by

Louis Vuitton Foundation is open

credit: Christophe Ena

The Louis Vuitton Foundation opens its doors this week. The private museum, will house the foundation’s late-modern and contemporary art collection and works belonging to Bernard Arnault, CEO of the foundation’s parent company, LVMH. Here’s a look at the new museum, by the numbers:

4 themes for the permanent collection—contemplative, Pop art, Expressionism and music/sound—including artists like Christian Boltanski, Alberto Giacometti, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, Ellsworth Kelly, Bertrand Lavier, Olafur Eliasson, Sigmar Polke and Nam June Paik.

11,000 square meters of total surface area, including 11 permanent and temporary exhibition galleries. 12 glass sails form the building’s 13,500-square-meter outer canopy, with a total of 3,584 laminated glass panels, each unique. 350 seats in the modular auditorium. 16 of Mr. Gehry’s 1983-84 articulated fish lamps hang in the café-restaurant.

55 years: the term of the foundation’s lease on its one hectare of city-owned land, starting in 2007. In 2062, the lease expires and the building becomes a gift to the City of Paris. 30 patents for new technology resulted from the research work of some 200 engineers resolving unprecedented tech challenges posed by Mr. Gehry’s complex shapes and volumes.