Icons of Modern Art.
The Shchukin Collection

22 October 2016 to 5 March 2017


Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition               "Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection" from 22 October 2016 to 5 March 2017.

The exhibition honours one of the early 20th century’s greatest art patrons, Sergei Shchukin, a visionary collector of French modern art. The 130 works on loan from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg demonstrate the collector’s daring artistic choices and the swiftness with which he brought together one of the most significant collections of modern art from the early 20th century, including works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, Le Douanier Rousseau and Derain.

Once Lenin nationalised the collection in 1918, the works remained on display at the State Museum of Modern Western Art, until Stalin declared a ban on the exhibition as part of the fight against “bourgeois art”. In 1948, the collection was divided between Moscow’s Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. “These iconic paintings were long absent from the walls and publications of these great Russian museums,” explains the exhibition’s curator, Anne Baldassari. The Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection exhibition is an unparalleled opportunity for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, uniting paintings never before displayed in Paris and returning the collection to its rightful place in the history of modern art.

As visitors follow the exhibition path designed by Anne Baldassari, they travel through the history of art from the early 20th century and contemplate outstanding monographic and thematic ensembles. The last few rooms of the exhibition explore the impact the collection’s works had on the young Muscovite artists who first saw them in 1908, when Shchukin decided to open the Troubetzkoy Palace to the public. One of the exhibition’s key features is the juxtaposition of Russian avant-garde artists – Malévitch, Rodtchenko, Gontcharova, Tatline, Klioune – with the painters of the Shchukin collection.

Guided by the curatorial expertise of Ms Baldassari, this exhibition was made possible through the active support of the grandson of Serguei Shchukin, André-Marc Delocque-Fourcaud, historical advisor to the project, as well as the steadfast commitment of Marina D. Loshak, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Mikhail B. Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum, and Zelfira Tregulova, Director of the Tretyakov State Gallery.

International symposium

Re-experience the two-day symposium organized around the exhibition.

Watch the programme and videos

Revive the two-day symposium organized around the exhibition

Artists featured in the exhibition:

Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Albert Marquet, Paul Cézanne, André Derain, Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Eugène Carrière, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Armand Guillaumin, Paul Signac, Odilon Redon, Frank Brangwyn, Georges Braque, Edward Burne-Jones, Gustave Courbet, Charles Cottet, Maurice Denis, Henri Fantin-Latour, Xan Krohn, Maurice Lobre, Aristide Maillol, Henry Moret, James Paterson, Alfred Sisley, Frits Thaulow, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Kasimir Malévitch, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Ivan Klioun, Natalia Gontcharova, Paul Mansouroff,  Olga Rozanova, Michel Larionov, Nadedja Oudaltsova, Lioubov Popova, Alexandra Exter, David Bourliouk.

Exhibition catalogue

Edited in collaboration with the scientific teams of the Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin Museum, as well as Russian and French experts, the exhibition catalogue presents the 275 masterpieces of the Shchukin collection. It will guide you through the history of this exceptional collection and will let you discover the strong impacts it had on the art world between 1890 and 1914.

Learn more about the catalogue

The Digital Guide

The Fondation Louis Vuitton app accompanies the visit of the exhibition at your pace. It provides insights on the artworks, exclusive interviews with the curators, special features, an immersive musical track. Available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

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The Pink Studio - Henri Matisse

  • Henri Matisse, The Studio (The Pink Studio), february-march 1911. 

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

    © Succession H. Matisse. Photo © Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 2016

  • Henri Matisse, Nasturtiums and "La Danse" II, 1912

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

    © Succession H. Matisse. Photo © Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 2016


  • Henri Matisse,  Moroccan Amido, april-may 1912.

    Henri Matisse, Zorah Standing, end october 1912

    The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersbug

    © Succession H. Matisse. Photo © St Petersburg, The State Hermitage Musuem, 2016

  • Henri Matisse, Red Room (Harmony in Red), spring-summer 1908.

    The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersbug

    © Succession H. Matisse. Photo © St Petersburg, The State Hermitage Musuem, 2016

  • Henri Matisse, Interior with Goldfish, 1914. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

    © Succession H. Matisse

    Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI,

    Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Migeat

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One of the world’s greatest private collections of modern art is to go on show for the first time outside Russia.


After 100 years in Russia, one of the most important modernist collections on the planet is traveling to Paris.


The Fondation Louis Vuitton will host a landmark exhibition, “Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection.


"Icons of Modern Art” makes the case that Shchukin himself was an artist, that his collection was his masterpiece.


Pure pictural dynamite: Icons of modern art is a perfect excuse for a trip to Paris - review.

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Icons of Modern Art

The Shchukin Collection animated

Hang of the works in Gallery 5

Featuring Anne Baldassari, curator of the exhibition

Behind the scenes

Follow the installation of the exhibition

A revolutionary collection in 360°

An interactive visit of the Troubeskoï Palace

Lil Buck at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Dance performance in the exhibition

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