The Collection of the Fondation. A Vision for Painting

Exhibition From 20.02.2019 to 26.08.2019

Joan Mitchell, Beauvais, 1986 © The Estate of Joan Mitchell © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The Fondation Louis Vuitton displays a new selection of 70 works from the collection and gathers 23 international artists from the 1960s to the present day around one main theme : painting. 

This takes many forms: figurative or abstract, expressive or distanced. Relief pieces are contrasted with each other. Rooms devoted to Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto alternate with thematic collections on abstraction, space and colour. The hanging shows the ways in which painting never ceases to reinvent itself and transgresses its own rules, drawing on current techniques for reproduction.

Since its inauguration in 2014, the Fondation has regularly presented a choice of works from the Collection. The first hangings were designed according to the themes of the collection: Contemplation, Expressionism, Popism, and Music/Sound (2014-2016). Exhibitions have subsequently been shown in the context of specific events, dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017). Finally, the collection has been approached from a thematic angle, questioning the place of Humankind in the living world, in the “In tune with the worldexhibition (2018). 

By presenting this exhibition simultaneously with The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism (20 Februrary to 17 June 2019), the Fondation reiterates its will to anchor its commitment to current creation in an historical perspective.

The artists

Mark Bradford, Daniel Buren, Bernard Frize, Wade Guyton, Raymond Hains, Nick Mauss, François Morellet, Albert Oehlen, Jesús Rafael Soto, Pierre Soulages, Niele Toroni, Christopher Wool, Bas Jan Ader, Robert Breer, Joseph Kosuth, Joan Mitchell, Carl Andre, Ettore Spalletti, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, Yayoi Kusama

The curators

Curator: Suzanne Pagé

Co-curators: Sébastien Gokalp, with Ludovic Delalande, Claire Staebler and Nathalie Ogé