Paul Gauguin, Aha oé feii (Eh quoi, tu es jalouse ?), été 1892. Courtesy Musée d’Etat des Beaux‐Arts Pouchkine, Moscou
Claude Monet, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1866. Courtesy Musée d’Etat des Beaux‐Arts Pouchkine, Moscou
The exhibition is called “Icons of Modern Art”. An important collection of masterpieces from the Shchukin collection are going on show at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. And it’s their first trip outside Russia.
On his trips to Paris from the 1890s onwards, Sergeï Shchukin, a prominent Moscow industrialist, was in constant contact with the group of pioneering modern art dealers. He rapidly became part of this Parisian circle concerned with defending the impressionists, post-impressionists and modernists. The close relationships that he forged with some of these dealers was a major influence on his collection, which is an exemplary selection of the most radical art of his time. Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, and Derain rub shoulders with Matisse, Picasso, Degas, Renoir and many more.
One of the curatorial angles of the exhibition will be to set up a sort of series of confrontations between these modern masters and the artists of the Russian avant-garde.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation exhibition will represent the first attempt to show this extraordinary collection outside of Russia in a coherent and thought-out manner. With more than 160 works, the exhibition will extend over nearly 2400 m2 and 4 floors.
Icônes de l’art moderne, Fondation Louis Vuitton, from 22 october 2016 to 20 february 2017.