“L’Artiste, créateur de mondes” is the theme on which the new exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton is based.From April10,following “Being modern: MoMA in Paris”, Fondation Louis Vuitton will be displaying a new selection of works from its collection. The selection puts major historical masterpieces and new and contemporary works of art into perspective. This exhibition, in line with the objectives of Fondation Louis Vuitton, will bring togetheran array of works from the collection which have never been exhibited here before.
"L’Artiste, créateur de mondes”:Some 25 French and international artists are presented in two complementary sequences,with works by:Giovanni Anselmo(1934, Italy),Matthew Barney(1967, USA),Christian Boltanski(1944, France),Mark Bradford(1961, USA),James Lee Byars(1932-1997, USA),Maurizio Cattelan(1960, Italy),Ian Cheng(1984, USA),Trisha Donnelly(1974 , USA),Dan Flavin(1933-1996, USA),Cyprien Gaillard(1980, France),Alberto Giacometti(1901-1966, Switzerland),Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster(1965, France),Jacqueline Humphries(1960, USA),Pierre Huyghe(1962, France),Yves Klein(1928-1962, France),Henri Matisse(1869-1954, France),François Morellet(1926-2016, France),TakashiMurakami(1962, Japan),Philippe Parreno(1964, France),Sigmar Polke(1941-2010, Germany),Gerhard Richter(1932, Germany),Wilhelm Sasnal(1972, Poland),Kiki Smith(1954, USA),Adrián Villar Rojas(1980, Argentina),Anicka Yi(1971, South Korea).
Sequence A, displayed on the 2ndfloor, is dedicated to the Japanese artistTakashi Murakami. It unfolds inthree parts: the first is arranged around DOB, a character invented by the artist and considered to be his alter ego; the second around a pictorial fresco which references the story of the “EIGHT IMMORTALS” of the Taoist religion; completing the display is a “KAWAII” space of sculptures and animated films. The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with the artist and supplemented by loans.
Sequence Bextends through the rest of the building. It explores the current and recurring issues concerning man’s position within the universe and his relationship with other living things. The question has inspired artists and has led them to engage with and create pieces that resonate with works by researchers, scientists and also poets and philosophers; each artist questions the relationship between the different living beings, beyond the distinctions of human, plant, animal.
Each floor ofSequence Bhas its own theme:
On the first floor, in galleries 5, 6 and 7,Irradiancesincludes works by Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Mark Bradford, Trisha Donnelly, Dan Flavin, Jacqueline Humphries, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein, James Lee Byars, François Morellet, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Anicka Yi.
On the ground floor, in gallery 4,Là, infiniment…(Here, infinitely…)displays works by Cyprien Gaillard, Wilhelm Sasnal and Adrian Villar Rojas.
On the pool level,L’Homme qui chavire,(The man who capsizes), presented in galleries 1 and 2, includes works by Giovanni Anselmo, Maurizio Cattelan, Ian Cheng, Alberto Giacometti, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein, Henri Matisse, Philippe Parreno and Kiki Smith.
II.JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT AND EGON SCHIELE
Two simultaneous exhibitions from October3,2018 toJanuary14,2019
vJean-Michel Basquiat(1960-1988), one of the most significant painters of the 20thcentury, will be presented by Fondation Louis Vuitton across the four floors of Frank Gehry's building. Covering the period of 1980 to 1988, this exhibition examines the painter's entire career, focusing on around 100 of his finest works. Just like theHeadsseries of 1981-82 or the display of several collaborations between Basquiat and Warhol, the exhibition includes ensembles previously unseen in Europe, works that are now unmissable such asObnoxious Liberals(1982, Broad Art Foundation),In Italian(1983, Brant Foundation) orRiding with Death(1988, private collection) and paintings rarely seen since their first showing during the artist’s lifetime, such asOffensive Orange(1982) andUntitled (Yellow Tar and Feathers)(1982, private collections).
A major exhibition of the Austrian painter (1890-1918) composed of around 80 drawings, watercolours and paintings will be shown at the same time. Schiele’s very singular vision, inseparable from the Viennese context of the early twentieth century, in just a few years became one of the heights of expressionism. This solo show, which includes first-class works such asSelf-Portrait with Chinese Lantern Plant(1912) borrowed from the Leopold Museum (Vienna),Pregnant woman and Death(1911) from the Národní Galerie (Prague), orPortrait of the Artist's Wife Seated (Edith Schiele), Holding Her Right Leg(1917) from the Morgan Library & Museum (New York), is a first in Paris for 25 years.
Although distinct from one another, the two exhibitions allow the simultaneous contemplation of two sensational bodies of work. The existential nature of Schiele’s lines, like Basquiat’s, is one of the main themes raised byDieter Buchhart, curator of the two exhibitions.
Jean-Michel Basquiat's exhibition extends over the four floors of the building, while Schiele's exhibition is located on the first floor of the building.
With these two exhibitions, Fondation Louis Vuitton is once again demonstrating its determination to contextualise its presentation of contemporary creation with historical references.
More information on the works to be displayed and the scientific concept of the exhibitions will be released at a later stage.