The Morozov Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
From 22 September 2021 to 22 February 2022
Since opening in 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has been organizing major exhibitions dedicated to great collectors. Everyone still remembers the incredible Shchukin Collection, which attracted and delighted almost one and a half million visitors in 2017.
This year, in the same spirit, and still on the theme of Icons of Modern Art, the Fondation Louis Vuitton focuses on the collection of the Morozov brothers, the great 20th century Muscovite philanthropists behind the world's first museum of modern art.
The exhibition The Morozov Collection is exceptional for several reasons:
- The partnership with The State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg), the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow) and the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), which has made it possible to bring together more than 200 masterpieces.
- The remarkable richness of the works of art (paintings and sculptures) presented: Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Manet, Rodin, Maillol, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, Sisley, and many others!
- The Morozov Collection is being presented outside Russia for the first time. And it is in Paris that visitors can discover it!
More information on the exhibition The Morozov Collection
Creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The project has taken some 13 years to carry out, but the result is spectacular. Right next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the brand new Fondation Louis Vuitton rises up in a cloud of impressive glass architecture designed by American architect Frank Gehry. The building resembles a ship in full sail and is located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne.
Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, has succeeded in creating a building that stands 46 metres high. Like many of his creations, the construction has neither a facade nor a roof in the traditional sense of the terms. It is composed more of flowing shapes that envelope the interior spaces designed to showcase cultural collections and exhibitions. The Californian architect used 6,000 m² of curved glass panels attached to a steel frame to provide the covering. A team of architects worked intensively on the feasibility of the project, registering some thirty patents in the process!
Gehry said that « when Bernard Arnault suggested that he come and meet him in Paris, he told him nothing at first. He took him to the Jardin d’acclimatiation and then spoke of his project. (Gehry who had lived in Paris in the 1950s knew the city but not that particular place). He said that he felt quite emotional thinking about French writer Proust walking along the pathways there. He said that he realized then that this was a historic place ».
12,000 m² devoted to art
The LVMH group, which supports artistic creation, now has a first-class flagship with a surface area of 12,000 m². Some of this is used to show a selection of works from the Foundation’s collection and from Bernard Arnault’s private collection. In addition to this ‘permanent’ collection, the Foundation also hosts two temporary exhibitions every year as well as musical events in the auditorium.