A vast, nautically inspired building reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House rises from the Bois de Boulogne, one of the grandest parks in Paris. In the three short years since it opened, the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton has developed a reputation not only for its impressive looks, but for bringing some of the world’s most extraordinary art to the French capital. Its recent landmark exhibition of works from the renowned Shchukin Collection, staged in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, was deemed by experts to be one of the most important shows in recent history.
This autumn, the Fondation Louis Vuitton continues its tradition of collaborating with foreign galleries, joining forces with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, to bring to Paris 200 remarkable canvases, including works by American artists such as Diane Arbus, Philip Guston and Andy Warhol that have never been shown in France. The exhibition opens in October and runs until March next year.
“I wanted ‘Being Modern: MoMA in Paris’ to fall within the tradition of our previous major exhibitions such as ‘Keys to a Passion,’ 2015, and ‘Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection,’ 2016,” says Bernard Arnault, the president of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. “All three have been organised in close collaboration with some of the world’s most prestigious international modern art museums. This exhibition marks, once again, our desire to provide the widest possible audience with the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most remarkable works of art.”