“Fondation Louis Vuitton”

Data: Paul Gauguin, not exotic to the auction market

He was one of the painters who heralded modernity. Some of his masterpieces are currently on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris. Spotlight on Gauguin, equally appreciated by the art market as by museum institutions. Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was born on 7 June 1848, in Paris. His father, Clovis Louis Pierre Guillaume Gauguin, was a Republican journalist for the National, who would die three years later off Punta Arenas when the family planned to move to Peru to flee Napoléon III’s regime. Young Paul Gauguin and his mother Aline Chazal (1825-1867) would return to France in 1855. Paul Gauguin kept a taste for travel from his early years. He signed up with the French Navy in 1865, to serve on the clipper Luzitano, but following the advice of his tutor Gustave Arosa — a painting collector —, he left it in 1871 to become a stock-exchange agent — not without first taking part in the 1870 war. Notching up a certain success in business, he wed Danish woman Mette-Sophie Gad (1850-1920) with whom he had five children, and became a weekend painter… In 1874, Gustave Arosa introduced him to Impressionists, starting with Camille Pissarro. Gauguin started to show his works regularly at Impressionist fairs and at that time painted in Pontoise, where he invited Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin and Paul Cézanne to join him. The latter helped to detach Paul Gauguin from Impressionism. In 1883, economic crisis drove Gauguin away from the stock market, and he tried to earn his living from painting. The next year, he spent ten months in Rouen with Camille Pissarro, and painted some forty works over this period. When he began to run short of money, he tried to enter into business in Denmark with his in-laws. But things didn’t work out: Gauguin...

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Chtchoukine collection on show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The mythical art collection of Sergueï Chtchoukine has arrived at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition, “Icônes de l’art moderne. La collection Chtchoukine”, opened on 22 October, and will continue until 20 February 2017 in Paris. Let’s remember that as of 1898, the Moscow industrialist formed ties with the greatest art dealers including Ambroise Vollard, Paul Durand-Ruel or Daniel Henry-Kahnweiler. At the same time, Chtchoukine became friends with artists Monet and Matisse, who painted the work La Danse for him. Placed at the centre of the artistic revolution thanks to his vast collection, Sergueï Chtchoukine had great influence on young Russian artists and on the formation of several movements such as constructivism and suprematism. This art lover wished to transmit his passion early on, aiming to share his collection with the masses. This was why he would open up his home to visitors several times a year. Out of the 278 pieces in the Chtchoukine collection, 127 works are currently on display at the Fondation Louis...

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Olivier Michelon Appointed Chief Curator at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Olivier Michelon have been appointed as new chief curator of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris, from March 2016. Olivier Michelon, who has been at the Musée des Abattoirs—the FRAC institution in the Midi-Pyrenees region—for over three years, will leave his position in Toulouse to become the new chief curator at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris next March. Michelon was appointed as head of Les Abattoirs in March 2012, when he was 36 years old. He previously worked at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, in the French region of Haute-Vienne. In the meantime, he will still oversee the Toulouse museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring Antoni Tàpies, which opens on February 12. The much-awaited $143 million Fondation Louis Vuitton—LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault’s long-held dream—opened to the public on 27 October...

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Third hanging of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s opening

Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton collection was designed according to four axes: contemplative, subjective expressionist, Pop art, and music/sound. Following two hangings—the first in the autumn of 2014, which exhibited a limited set of works representative of the four categories and from the field of architecture, and the second taking place in the winter of 2014 until the spring of 2015, adhering to the expressionist and contemplative axes—the third part of the collection was inaugurated on 3 June 2015, bringing together Pop art and sound works, which are to be exhibited until October 2015. This third hanging brings together 26 international artists from different generations around the axes of Pop art and music / sound. It is to take place in two stages: a selection of works by Pop artists is currently being exhibited across the three levels of the Fondation, bringing together silkscreens by Andy Warhol, photographs by Andreas Gursky, the monumental triptych by Gilbert & George, and works by Bertrand Lavier inspired by consumerism and the images circulated by television, advertising, film, and the internet. The music/sound aspect is, in turn, represented by installations, sculptures, and sound videos by Sturtevant, Douglas Gordon, and Pilar Albarracin, among others. From 25 July 2015, this axis will be further complemented by works that are to be installed in the “rez-de-bassin” of the building, where the exhibition “Keys to a passion” is currently taking place. These works testify to the place of pop music and music from the emerging scene in the works of contemporary artists. The exhibition “Keys to a passion”, which is taking place until 6 July 2015 and which is accompanying the third step in the inauguration of the Fondation, also revolves around the four principles of the foundation, exhibiting a selection of major works from the first half of the...

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Olafur Eliasson: “Contact” at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Olafur Eliasson’s immersive exhibition “Contact” is currently on display at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, until 16 February 2015. The second feature at the Foundation after it opened earlier this year, “Contact” leads the viewer through a series of rooms, specially designed for the exhibition. Eliasson explores the perceptions and mechanisms of space through use of light and dark in a way which reimagines the boundaries typically assumed in an exhibition, inviting audience interaction with the space. Light, geometry, reflections and a meteorite all play a part in the artist’s experiment to create an entire cosmos inside the foundation. ”My exhibition addresses that which lies at the edge of our senses and knowledge, of our imagination and our expectations,” he explains. “It is about the horizon that divides, for each of us, the known from the unknown.” Olafur Eliasson’s last exhibition in France was in 2002  at the Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris. Born in 1967, Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark and works in installation, sculpture, photography and...

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