Painting today

Monday 15 April 2019 - Auditorium

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Félix Cornu
Painting today

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Félix Cornu

In conjunction with the exhibition “The Collection of the Fondation. A Vision for Painting”, the Fondation is hosting a conference followed by a debate on the pictorial medium and its associated issues. Ancient technique that is regularly declared to be outmoded, painting remains the medium of choice in the collective imagination, in artistic practice, in current society, at art fairs, in museums and, above all, on the market.


Yan Pei-Ming (Artist/Painter), Isabelle Graw (Art Historian) and Anaël Pigeat (Art Critic) will share their perspectives on painting’s vitality, which is constantly being renewed.




Isabelle Graw (Frankfurt am Main/Berlin) is a professor of art theory and art history at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt am Main. 

She founded "Texte zur Kunst“ in 1990 with the late Stefan Germer and co-edited and conceptualized 113 issues so far. In 2003 she co-founded the "Institut für Kunstkritik“ at the Städelschule with Daniel Birnbaum. Current research areas: Criticism and its markets, judgment and value-creation under new forms of capitalism, Trace and Agency in Painting. 


Living between Paris and Dijon since the late 1980s, Yan Pei-Ming (born 1960, China) is known for his monumental canvases that are often bi-chromatic, painted with large expressive brushstrokes.            

After graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon in 1986, he began to work in portraiture, considered a minor genre in China, and gained recognition the following year with his first series of portraits of Mao. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1993, Pei-Ming has painted many portraits, based on models or documents, of anonymous and iconic figures including Michael Jackson, Pope John Paul II and Bruce Lee.


Art critic, journalist and exhibition curator, Anaël Pigeat is a former student of the Courtauld Institute of Art. She worked at the Louvre and at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris as Head of the cultural department. 

Editor-in-chief of Art press from 2011 to 2018, she is now editor-at-large of a new monthly paper The Art Newspaper French edition. She is a columnist at La Dispute, producer of France Culture’s Masterclasses and contributes to the cultural column of Paris Match on visual arts. She has been a member of numerous art schools’ boards and is part of the selection committees of the Colas Prize and the Jean-François Prat Prize. 

The essential

Monday 15 April 2019
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Auditorium



5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 



The vitality of painting – notes on the success of a medium


Isabelle Graw

Art Historian


Round table

“Painting today”


Sébastien Gokalp



Yan Pei-Ming



Anaël Pigeat

Art Critic


Isabelle Graw

Art Historian 

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