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The Louis Vuitton Foundation organises a blind charity sale in favour of the Secours Populaire

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is organising an exhibition followed by a sale from 11 November to 15 November 2015, of around 200 works in A4 size of an artist presented anonymously. They will then be sold at auction for the benefit of Secours Populaire, on 15 November 2015. To celebrate the 70 years of the association of Secours Populaire, the RECTO/VERSO project was mounted with support from museums, FRAC, art centres, places of the dissemination of contemporary art and exhibition curators, and under the patronage of UNESCO and those of the Minister of Culture and Communication. Dozens of artists wished to participate in creating a work of A4 size for the benefit of Secours Populaire, signed only on the back – hence a “blind” sale. During the three days, the works will be presented anonymously in the rooms of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, before the blind auction sale. Alexandre Millon will knock the hammer on 15 November 2015, with a starting price of €150, without unveiling to us the authors of the works, during an accessible auction of solidarity. This is the first sale of this kind in France, with many auctions of this kind having already taken place around the world. It will raise awareness of one of the association’s main causes: the access to culture for...

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“Les Clefs d’une passion” exhibition to take place at Louis Vuitton Foundation

An exhibition entitled “Les Clefs d’une passion”, featuring notable Modernist works by high-profile artists of the 20th century, is to take place at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris from 1 April until 6 July 2015. The exhibition is to focus on the founding works of Modern art, and pieces that have altered the course of 20th-century history. The show affirms the new foundation’s desire to collaborate with major art museums and institutions, with contributions from: the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; the Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; the Munch Museum, Oslo; the Guggenheim, New York; the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; the Pushkin Museum, Moscow; the Kröller Müller, Otterlo; the Russian State Museum, Saint Petersburg; the Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Kunsthaus, Zurich; and MOCA, Los Angeles. The exhibition will feature notable works such as: Mark Rothko’s No. 46, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Fernand Léger’s Three Women. ...

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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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Louis Vuitton Foundation to open in spring 2014

Paris, 17 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Bernard Arnault, Chairman of the luxury French group LVMH Louis Vuitton – Moët Hennessy, is set to open the Louis Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris next spring. The building, worth €100 million, was designed by Frank Gehry and is to house the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation. The foundation itself, launched in October 2006, is dedicated entirely to contemporary art. Arnault stated: “We wanted to present Paris with an extraordinary place for art and culture and demonstrate daring and emotion by entrusting Frank Gehry with construction of a building that is emblematic of the twenty-first century.” Gehry for his part, added: “I dream of designing, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolising the cultural calling of France.” The site, which is to highlight young emerging artists from all backgrounds, is to be directed by Suzanne...

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Olafur Eliason: star of Danish art

Berlin, 10 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Contemporary art artist of Danish and Irish origins known for his spectacular projects staging the connections between nature and technology, Olafur Eliasson built an original workshop in Berlin where artistic production is just teamwork. This star of the Danish artistic scene and favourite of international collectors became internationally famous since he started working in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, in 2003. Born in Copenhagen in 1967, Olafur Eliasson left for New York at the age of 23 thanks to a grant by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Back in Europe, he settled in Cologne in 1993, then in Berlin where he set up a first studio in a brick warehouse in 1995. His second workshop, located in a 20th century brewery progressively turned into an “open space” where up to sixty people work and constitute a small firm in which each one brings one’s own ideas. In Berlin, candidates fall over each other to join the Studio Olafur Eliasson. “An artist is involved in life, in the reality of the world, in the idea of progress. My studio is built on this commitment”, explained Olafur Eliasson. With the participation of the London Tate Modern, the artist designed the project Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun launched on 28 July 2012 on the occasion of the opening of the Olympic Games whose symbol is solar energy. His next project will probably be the opening of the Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in...

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