Fondation Louis Vuitton announces its programme of exhibitions for 2018

SINCE opening in 2014, Fondation Louis Vuitton has hosted a number of modern art exhibitions. Most recently, the critically acclaimed Being Modern: MoMA in Paris finished earlier this month, after being open to the public since last October. And now the revered luxury brand has announced its exhibition schedule for the coming year.

Matthew Barney. Water Cast 6, 2015Matthew Barney. Water Cast 6, 2015

Dominique Gonzales Foerster. M-2062 Fitzcarraldo, 2014Dominique Gonzales-Foerster. M-2062 Fitzcarraldo, 2014

On display from April 11 until August 27, Au diapason du monde (In Tune with the World) will exhibit modern and contemporary works of 29 French and international artists. Split into two complementary sequences, the artists’ work focuses on current issues that that cause commotion in the world by re-appropriating founding myths and expanding a new awareness of living things. The exhibition is inspired by French philosopher, Roland Barthes’ injunction in La Chambre Claire, “I have determined to be guided by the consciousness of my feelings”.

Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human_Mask), 2014Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human_Mask), 2014

On the second floor, Sequence A is dedicated the prolific work of Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami that focuses on ancestral and contemporary culture and how natural disasters and historical trauma has had an effect. The visitors will experience this in three parts. The first is arranged around Murakami’s alter ego, DOB, while the second is focused on a pictorial fresco which references the Taoist religious story of the Eight Immortals. The display concludes with a space containing sculptures and animated films playing.

Yves Klein. Anthropometrie sans titre (ANT104), 1960Yves Klein. Anthropometrie sans titre (ANT104), 1960

Francois Morellet. Lavalanche, 2006Francois Morellet. Lavalanche, 2006

Sequence B features pieces from the other contributing artists throughout the rest of the building. Resonating with works by scientists, researchers, poets and philosophers, they question the relationship between different living things and man’s position within the universe. Each floor has its own theme.

On the first floor, in galleries five, six and seven, Irradiances includes pieces by Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Trisha Donnelly, Dan Flavin, Jacqueline Humphries, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein, James Lee Byars, François Morellet, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Shimabuku, Anicka Yi, and Christian Boltanski.

Gerhard Richter Lilac (1982)Gerhard Richter. Lilak, 1982

Christian Boltanski. Animitas, 2014Christian Boltanski. Animitas, 2014

Visitors will find works by Cyprien Gaillard, Wilhelm Sasnal, and Adrián Vilar Rojas on the ground floor, in gallery three, Là, infiniment … (Here, infinitely …). Then on the pool level, in galleries one and two, L’Homme qui chavire, (The man who capsizes) will house the pieces by Giovanni Anselmo, Maurizio Cattelan, Ian Cheng, Andrea Crespo, Alberto Giacometti, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Yves Klein, Henri Matisse, Philip Parreno, Bunny Rogers, and Kiki Smith. Mark Leckey’s work will be displayed in the Fondation’s grotto.

Alberto Giacometti. Homme qui chavire, 1950Alberto Giacometti. Homme qui chavire, 1950

Maurizio Cattelan. La ballata di Trotski, 1996Maurizio Cattelan. La ballata di Trotski, 1996

Sigmar Polke. Nachtkappe I, 1986Sigmar Polke. Nachtkappe I, 1986

Later this year, the museum will host two simultaneous exhibitions from October 3 to January 14, 2019, presenting the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele. The Basquiat exhibition will be spread across the four floors of the museum and include around 100 of the American painter’s finest works that were completed between 1980 and 1988. Included in the selection will be his Warhol collaborations, as well as ensembles that haven’t been exhibited in Europe before.

Over 80 drawings, watercolours and paintings by Schiele will be on display on the first floor of the museum at the same time. Some of the Austrian painter’s first-class works such as Holding Her Right Leg, have been borrowed from museums across the globe especially for this exhibition.

by Tom Halford

Fondation Louis Vuitton 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, 75116, Paris

Tel: +33 1 40 69 96 00


The Collection: A New Selection of Works: Au diapason du monde (In Tune with the world): will run from:

April 11, 2018 until August 27, 2018 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

The Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele exhibitions will run simultaneously from October 3, 2018 until January 14, 2019.

Artists included inThe Collection: A New Selection of Works: Au diapason du monde (In Tune with the world):

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), Andrea Crespo (1993, 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), Mark Leckey (1990, United Kingdom), Henri Matisse (1869-1954, France), François Morellet (1926-2016, France), Takashi Murakami (1962, Japan), Philippe Parreno (1964, France), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010, Germany), Gerhard Richter (1932, Germany), Bunny Rogers (1990, USA), Wilhelm Sasnal (1972, Poland), Shimabuku (1969, Japan), Kiki Smith (1954, USA), Adrián Villar Rojas (1980, Argentina), Anicka Yi (1971, South Korea).

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