Keys to a Passion

Exhibition finished - From 1st april to 6th July 2015


Henri Matisse, La Danse, 1910 © Succession H. Matisse. Photo credit : Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, 2016

"These works offer the visitor the potential for a genuine intellectual, sensory, and emotional encounter." Suzanne Pagé

- The first sequence of the exhibition, Subjective Expressionism, evoked the questions each of us has about life, death, anguish and solitude : Kazimir Malevich, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix and Helene Schjerfbeck.

- The development of the second sequence reflected the importance of the Contemplative line in our collection. It ranges from meditations on nature – Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Ferdinand Hodler and Emil Nolde – to the radicalism of abstraction, with Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi and Mark Rothko. Quite another direction leads to a vision of more embodied hedonism : Pierre Bonnard and Pablo Picasso.

- The third sequence, Popist, was resolutely engaged with the vitality, energy and progress of modern life, represented through its most contemporary expressions – the city, sport, advertising and the media – in works by Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger and Francis Picabia.

- The fourth sequence centers on Music, the close relationship between artists and music, which plays a decisive role – both explicitly and implicitly – through an emblematic selection of works by Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, František Kupka and Gino Severini.


List of exposed artworks:

To see the list of all the exposed artworks of the exhibition, please click here.

Catalogue of the exhibition

Exhibition "Keys to a Passion" held from 1st April to 6 July 2015 at Fondation Louis Vuitton gathered many an iconic piece, lent by the greatest museums and private collections in the world, so bold and daring at the time they were created they marked a turning point in the history of art in the early 20th century : from Monet, Mondrian and Hodler to Malevitch and Rothko, from Bonnard to Picasso, from Munch to Giacometti and Bacon, from Delaunay and Léger to Picabia, from Matisse and Kupka to Kandinsky...


Album of the exhibition

62 iconic artworks of the 20th century from Monet to Mondrian, from Picasso to Munch and from Kandinsky to Giacometti.


Exhibition views

  • Edvard Munch, The Scream [Skrik], 1893 ? 1910 ? Oil and Tempera on cardboard. Oslo, Munch Museum.

    Photo © Munch Museum

  • Fernand Léger, Three women (Le Grand Déjeuner), 1921-1922. Oil on canvas. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. 189.1942 © Adagp, Paris 2015 - Photo © 2015 Digital Image, the Museum of modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

  • Constantin Brancusi, Mark Rothko, view of installation, exhibition "Keys to a Passion" © ADAGP, Paris, 2015 for work of C. Brancusi © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko - ADGP, 2015, for work of Mark Rothko. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

  • Francis Bacon, view of installation, exhibition "Keys to a Passion" © The Estate of Francis Bacon / All rights reserved / ADAGP, Paris 2015 for work of Francis Bacon. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

  • Wassily Kandinsky, view of installation, exhibition "Keys to a Passion"  © Photo Louis Vuitton /  Marc Domage

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Presentation of exhibition by Suzanne Pagé