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LUMA Arles a 20-acre, $150 million art campus due to transform Southern France.

Last month FAD got a behind the scenes tour of LUMA Arles a 20-acre art campus due to be completed in 2018. Developed with architect Frank Gehry. This project envisions an interdisciplinary center for the production of art exhibitions, research, education and archives.

Under development the Arts Resource Centre building designed by Frank Gehry

LUMA Arles,launched formally in 2013, and is dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to experiment in the production of new work through interdisciplinary collaboration. The conceptualisation of its mission, and the initial programming, has been spearheaded by Maja Hoffmann.

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The centrepiece of LUMA Arles will be a new Arts Resource Centre building designed by Frank Gehry to house research and reference facilities, workshop and seminar rooms, and artist studios and presentation spaces.

When it completes in 2018 the Arts Resource Center will encompass research and reference facilities, workshop and seminar rooms, and artist studios and presentation spaces. The glass box at ground level will provide a sheltered plaza totalling 9,000 sq m and a further lower level will incorporate parking, archive areas and programming spaces. The mission of the LUMA Arles is to provide opportunities for artists to experiment in the creation of new projects through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Alongside Gehry’s glittering sculpted form will be the redevelopment of five industrial buildings, headed by Selldorf Architects. This wider scheme will have a staged opening. Bas Smets, working in coordination with the core team of Gehry and Selldorf, is designing a landscape to transform the 20-acre campus into a public park.

Hard Hats at the visitor centre LUMA Arles 

Virtual Reality – have a 3D journey around the Frank Gehry Arts Resource Centre

Inside one of the SIX, yes six massive buildings in the LUMA Arles campus 

Look up the spiral staircase around the Frank Gehry designed Arts Resource Centre

LUMA Arles works in collaboration with Actes Sud, a major French publishing house known for its work in the arts, humanities, and for children, and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, the first post-graduate program to specialise in photography in France. Every summer, LUMA Arles hosts installations and programs for the international photography festival, Rencontres d’Arles. LUMA Arles also supports Photo London and Offprint which recently held its London event in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

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