Icons of Modern Art.
The Shchukin Collection

22 October 2016 to 20 February 2017


Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition               "Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection" from 22 October 2016 to 20 February 2017.

As part of the official programme of the France-Russia year of cultural tourism 2016-17, the exhibition pays tribute to one of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th century, Sergei Shchukin, the visionary Russian collector of French modern art. As Anne Baldassari, curator of the exhibition, states, his collection "remains little know to the general western public even today. In fact, since it was broken up in 1948 it has never been gathered as a singular and coherent artistic entity." 

Thanks to the generous participation of the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin Museum, which greatly contributed to the conception of the project, the exhibition presents 130 masterpieces by impressionist, post-impressionist and modern masters from the Shchukin Collection.

Moreover the multimedia installation : "Shchukin, Matisse. La Dance et la Musique"  by producer and director duo Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke re-enacts the conditions in which Shchukin commissioned Matisse to create a monumental work for the Trubetskoy Palace’s staircase.

The exhibition and related events were curated and planned by Anne Baldassari, who also edited the catalogue. The participation of Sergei Shchukin’s grandson, André-Marc Delocque Fourcaud, an expert in the work of his ancestor and historical advisor on the project, was crucial to its success, as was the collaboration of Marina D. Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum, Mikhail B. Piotrovky, director of the Hermitage Museum, and finally Zelfira Tregulova, director of the Tretyakov State Gallery.

Curator of the exhibition
Anne Baldassari

Pushkin Museum, Moscow                                                                       Hermitage Museum, St-Petersburg                                                                   Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow    


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© Directed by Andrew Margetson

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, Bouquet of Flowers on a Veranda, [november 1912]-beginning

    1913. The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

    © Succession H. Matisse

    Photo © St Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, 2016

  • Henri Matisse,  A Corner of the Artist’s Studio, end of spring-summer

    1912. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

    © Succession H. Matisse

    Photo © Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

  • 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

  • Henri Matisse, Arum Lilies, Irises, and Mimosa (Flowers in a Blue Vase on a Blue Tablecloth), 1913

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

    © Succession H. Matisse

    Photo © Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

  • 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

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