The Collection of the Fondation,
a new selection of works.
“A Vision for Painting”
From 20 February to 26 August 2019
“The Collection of the Fondation, a new selection of works, A Vision for Painting” brings together 72 works by 23 artists representing different horizons and generations with most of the works presented here for the first time. The exhibition, displayed across three floors of the building and on the terrace, is shown simultaneously with the exhibition, “The Courtauld Collection, A Vision for Impressionism”. The two exhibitions come together through the presentation painting.
The exhibition shows how formal modes and expressions of painting have been renewed since 1960 to today: figurative or abstract, manufactured or mechanic, inhabited or distant, it is at times displayed in dialogue with sculptures and installations. A body of monographic works – Joan Mitchell, Ettore Spalletti, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter – alternate with groupings of different artists, brought together by their formal expression: Pierre Soulages, Mark Bradford, Jesús Rafael Soto.
Two questions lead to the choice: How do artists create using traditional painting materials: gesture, surface, colour, light? How does painting extend its boundaries today, by taking over other techniques and developing other strategies in relation to space?
The Courtauld Collection and the new selection of works from The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection are in line with the Fondation’s mission and priority, since its opening, to highlight the fundamental links.
Since its inauguration in 2014, the Fondation regularly presents works from its Collection. Focused on Frank Gehry’s architecture, the first hang, presented from October to November 2014, displayed a small selection of significant works by artists including Christian Boltanski, Pierre Huyghe, Bertrand Lavier, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Schütte. In parallel, peremanent commissions (Olafur Eliasson, Ellsworth Kelly) or ephemeral works (Sarah Morris, Taryn Simon, Cerith Wyn Evans, Adrian Villar Rojas, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller) conceived specifically for the building were displayed inside and outside.
– The second presentation, from December 2014 to May 2015, brought together an important number of works along two of the four themes around which the Collection is organised: the themes “Expressionist” (Ed Atkins, Maurizio Cattelan, Isa Genzken, Albero Giacometti, Rachel Harrison, Annette Messager, Wolgang Tillmans) and “Contemplative” (Bas Jan Ader, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Ellsworth Kelly, Nam June Paik, Giuseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter et Akram Zaatari).
– From June 2015 to January 2016, the third presentation of works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection, around the themes “Pop” and “Music/Sound”, brought together 26 artists including Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, Adam McEwen, Bertrand Lavier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Douglas Gordon, Mark Leckey, Rineke Dijkstra, Cyprien Gaillard, Ulla von Brandenburg, John Cage, Marina Abramovic…
– Specific exhibitions focusing on China (January to August 2016) and Africa (April to September 2017) unveiled works in the Collection by artists such as Huang Yong Ping, Aï Weiwei, Yan Pei Ming, Yang Fudong, Zhang Huan, Cao Fei et Xu Zhen for China and Barthélémy Toguo, David Goldblatt, Zanele Muholi, William Kentridge, Omar Victor Diop, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Chéri Samba, Rashid Johnson and Robin Rhode for Africa.
– Finally, from April to August 2018, drawing on works from the Collection, the exhibition “In tune with the World” questioned man’s place in the living world and brought together 29 artists including Takashi Murakami, François Morellet, Kiki Smith, James Lee Byars, Ian Cheng, Adrian Villar Rojas, Cyprien Gaillard, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Trisha Donnelly, Philippe Parreno…