Keys to a passion
From 1st april to 6th juily 2015
"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, evokes 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 reflects 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, is 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:
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The scream, Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch The scream, 1893 ? 1910 ? Oil and tempera on cardboard 83,5 × 66 cm Oslo, musée Munch Photo © Munch Museum
N° 46, Mark Rothko
No. 46 [Black, Ochre, Red Over Red], 1957 Oil on canvas 252.73 × 207.01 × 4.45 cm Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Panza Collection © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko - ADAGP, Paris, 2015 - Photo The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Three women (Le Grand Déjeuner), Fernand Léger
Three women (Le Grand Déjeuner), 1921-1922 Oil on canvas, 183.5 x 251.5 cm. 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
The Danse, Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse, The Dance [La Danse], 1909–10, Oil on canvas, 260 × 391 cm © Succession H. Matisse. Photo : © The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, 2015/ Vladimir Terebenin, 2014
Study for Portrait, Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon Study for a Portrait, 1949 Oil on canvas, 149.4 x 130.6 cm Chicago, Collection Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. Gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © The Estate of Francis Bacon / All rights reserved / ADAGP, Paris 2015; Photo: Nathan Keay, © Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Portrait of a Couple (The Cherry Tree), Francis Picabia
Francis Picabia Portrait of a Couple (The Cherry Tree), 1942-43 Oil on panel, 105.7 x 77.4 cm New York, The Museum of Modern Art. Purchase, 2000 © 2014 Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence © Adagp, Paris 2015
Endless column, Version 1, Constantin Brancusi
Endless column, Version 1, 1918 Oak, 203.2 x 25.1 x 24.5 cm New York, The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Mary Sisler, 1983 © 2014 Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence © Adagp, Paris 2015
Lac Keitele, Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Lac Keitele [Keitele], 1905 oil on canvas, 53 × 66 cm Londron, The National Gallery, bought 1999
Panel for Edwin R. Campbell, Wassily Kandinsky
Panel for Edwin R. Campbell, 1914 Oil on canvas, New York, The Museum of Modern Art. Fonds Mrs Simon Guggenheim , 1954 © The Museum of Modern Art, New-York © Adagp, Paris 2015 pour l'oeuvre de Wassily Kandinsky © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage.
Summer, Pierre Bonnard
L’Été, 1917 Oil on canvas, 260 × 340 cm Saint-Paul, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght © Fondation Maeght © Adagp, Paris 2015 pour l'oeuvre de Pierre Bonnard © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, conceived by Suzanne Pagé and Béatrice Parent. It is co-published with Hazan in two languages, French and English.
The volume Keys to a Passion (scientific advisor Patricia Falguières) includes essays by: Jean-Pierre Criqui, Alain Cueff, Patricia Falguières, Élisabeth Lebovici, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Robert Storr, as well as texts by the following specialists in the artists and their output: Marie-Laure Bernadac, Philippe Büttner, Wietse Coppes, Arne Eggum, Jörg Garbrecht, Ulrike Groos, Annegret Hoberg, Olivier Kaeppelin, Élisabeth Lebovici, Giovanni Lista, Marcella Lista, Jean-Claude Marcadé, Marianne Mathieu, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, Michael
Peppiatt, Arnauld Pierre, Anne Robbins Josse, Pascal Rousseau, Marielle Tabart, Riccardo Venturi, Véronique Wiesinger.
The corpus of the works is arranged alphabetically by artist, allowing the authors room to expand on their analyses. Their arguments are further clarified by a selection of other artworks for comparison. Impressive in its scientific rigour, the volume is no less so for the quality and format of its illustrations. All the works on show are reproduced in large size on high-quality paper. Graphic design of the catalogue: Wijntje van Rooijen & Pierre Péronnet.
Keys to a Passion
Format 252 × 288 mm
125 colour illustrations
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English version distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Keys to a Passion
Texts in French and English
Format 195 × 195 mm
All the works shown are reproduced in colour
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As an extension to the exhibition ‘Keys to a Passion’ and to its catalogue, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is organizing an international symposium (12th and 13th June, 2015), which will focus on a number of vital questions facing the art world today: What are the challenges facing public and private museum collections today? Who really makes art history now? What is the impact of the growing part played by the art market in this field?
Three round tables will consider these themes with panels comprising curators, directors of public institutions, international critics and experts and market players.
The first session, public/private will question the meaning, issues and missions of contemporary art collections in Europe and the United States, but also the Middle East and Asia at a time when multiple initiatives are bringing about a diversification of the structures for showing art and an unprecedented diversification of its audience. What are the principles in these different contexts guiding the elaboration of collections, seen as narratives of our era? What are the impact of sociological, media and economic constraints on their constitution?
The second round table, Who is writing today’s art history? will consider the respective roles of art historians, museum curators, art critics, collectors, experts and other professionals in the process whereby art works gain recognition in the short, medium and long term. It will open a debate about the shaping and communication of aesthetic judgment and taste, about the commonly accepted systems of interpretation and other, emergent ones, and about the cultural value and iconicity of the artworks.
The third round table, What is the growing role of the art market in this field? Will consider the effects of the market, which has developed significantly in recent years and remains effervescent. Multinational galleries, spectacular auction sales, speculative collections, private and public museum collections, and the emergence of new scenes, notably in the Middle East and Asia, are all aspects of art’s global rise and naturally have an impact on the art world and raise many questions.
Dates and booking
1st session - June 12, 2015 3 p.m to 6 p.m
2nd session - June 13, 2015 10 a.m to 1 p.m
3rd session - June 13, 2015 3 p.m to 6 p.m