LVMH 2018 . C o r p o r a t e p h i l a n t h r o p y
Fondat ion Lou i s Vu it ton consol idates its pos it ion as a lead ing ins t itut ion on the globa l ar ts scene
The Fondation Louis Vuitton had a record- breaking year, with nearly 1.2 million visitors in 2018. This success reflected its excep- tional programming, which enthralled visitors throughout the entire year. Until March 2018, the Being Modern: MoMA in Paris exhibition made it possible, for the first time in France, to host an exceptional selection of 200 works brought to Paris from New York to recount the history of the Museum of Modern Art and its vocation as a collector. In the spring and throughout the summer, the In Tune with the World exhibition featured a selection of modern and contemporary works from the Fondation’s collection, by around thirty artists including Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein and Takashi Murakami. In the fall, the Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibitions – held simultaneously but as part of separate exhibits – plunged visitors into the life and work of these two 20th-century icons. The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition, which featured nearly 120 of the artist’s major works, covered the period from 1980 to 1988, with his works grouped by date and by topic over the Fondation’s four levels. The Egon Schiele
exhibition, held by the Fondation’s reflecting pool, retraced the artist’s meteoric rise, from when he turned eighteen in 1908 to his death in 1918, with more than 100 of his works. When they ended in January 2019, these two exhibitions totaled more than 676,000 visitors. From February 20 to June 17, 2019, the Fondation, in partnership with the Courtauld Gallery in London, will hold an exhibition entitled The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism. For the first time in more than sixty years, it will bring together in Paris the collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of the English industrialist and art patron Samuel Courtauld, featuring an exceptional selection of around 110 works, including some sixty internationally renowned works by the movement’s most iconic figures, such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Seurat and Van Gogh. In parallel, the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s other exhibi- tion spaces will be used to show A Vision for Painting, a new selection of 70 never- before-seen works from its collection by 23 French and international artists from the 1960s to today, including Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto.
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