Second phase of the inaugural year of the Fondation Louis Vuitton from december 17th, 2014
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will present the second phase of its inaugural programme with a major exhibition dedicated to the internationally renowned Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in the lower exhibition galleries and a second selection of works from the Collection in the upper galleries, opening on 17 December 2014.
The new presentation of works from the Collection will focus on fifteen artists, representing different generations and nationalities, with varying artistic practices. There are two main themes:
— One theme focuses on the individual, exploring, on the one hand, our relationship to the world in its social, political, and consumerist contexts, and on the other hand our doubts and fears, taking an approach that may be described as expressionist.
Wolfgang Tillmans has designed a large display of his photographic works, portraits, still lifes and landscapes that bear witness to his emphatic relationship to his environment, a display in which two sculptures by Isa Genzken, Bouquet and Zwei Bügelbretter, form an ironic critical view of a certain reality. Two video works by Ed Atkins, Us Dead Talk Love and Even Pricks, will be shown nearby, presenting a hybrid and unsettling humanity, while Annette Messager’s figures in Le Masque Rouge, La Petite Ballerine, and Mes transports (N°7), between dolls and marionettes, exude an atmosphere of disquiet and macabre humour. Further along, Maurizio Cattelan’s Charlie Don’t Surf gives the visitor a “biographical” vision of the artist, through a negative and melancholic experience of school. Finally, Zombie Rothko by Rachel Harrison exhibits a hybrid of styles, including abstract expressionism, Pop Art, and assemblage.
A major highlight, to be exhibited separately, will be a significant collection of drawings as well as photographs and sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Lotar I, II, III, L’homme qui chavire, Tête sur Tige, Trois Hommes qui marchent, which led by the Grande femme II, demonstrate the artist’s tireless and anguished quest to “see” the real.
— The second theme explores a more poetic and contemplative dimension through an installation by, Cloud Paintings, made up of four translucent paintings in the middle of which has been placed a 4 billion-year-old meteorite, symbolizing the cosmic nature of the whole. Nearby, the monumental photographs by Tacita Dean, Majesty (Portrait) and Hünengrab, and a series of drawings on ‘alabaster and paper’ evoke the traces of immutable time.
Other works, exhibited close by, are Bas Jan Ader’s video Primary Time; the sculpture Acacia e Foglia di Zucca by Giuseppe Penone; and Weinende Frau by Thomas Schütte. Installations Capello per Due V by Mona Hatoum, TV Rodin (le Penseur) by Nam June Paik, the video work Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright by Akram Zaatari, allusively evoke memory, the passage of time, the ambiguity of the relationship to the other and to nature, and reflections on identity.
In the spring of 2015, a third presentation of selected works from the Collection will exhibit two further themes from the Collection: Pop Art and works closely related to music.
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