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Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

Past exhibition - From 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018

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Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Frank Gehry-Designed Building Showcased a Selection of 200 Works Tracing MoMA’s History of Collecting.


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Fondation Louis Vuitton have organized the first exhibition in France to present MoMA's unparalleled collection. "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris" will be on view at Fondation Louis Vuitton from October 11, 2017, through March 5, 2018. 


"Being Modern: MoMA in Paris” features masterworks by artists including Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Jasper Johns, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Yvonne Rainer, Frank Stella, and Paul Signac. A selection of rarely shown documentary material from MoMA’s Archives will be incorporated in the galleries, tracing the history of the Museum and contextualizing the works.


Established in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art was one of the first museums devoted exclusively to the visual arts of the time. Exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris” represented the wide range of artworks that MoMA has acquired over the decades, ranging from the early defining movements of the modern art period to Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop art and digital works of art.


The exhibition opened with MoMA’s first decade, including such iconic works as Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad (acquired in 1930), Paul Cézanne's The Bather (acquired in 1934) Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space (acquired in 1934), as well as Walker Evans’s Posed Portraits, New York (acquired in 1938), Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie (acquired in 1936), and utilitarian, machine-made objects, such as an outboard propeller, a flush valve, and a self-aligning ball bearing (acquired in 1934). It continues to the post-war period including works from Jackson Pollock (Echo: Number 25) and Willem de Kooning (Woman I).


The next section was dedicated to Minimalism and Pop art. Emerging as two major new art forms in the 1960s, these movements are seen through a dialogue between painting, architecture, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition then turns to other works from 1960 onwards, including pieces from movements such as Fluxus and the socalled Pictures Generation, as well as an introspective look at the history of America  through work by artists such as Romare Bearden, Jeff Wall, and Cady Noland.

The final section, located on the top floor of the building, focused on contemporary works from around the world, most of which were acquired by MoMA in the last two years. These include Kerry James Marshall's large painting Untitled (Club Scene) (acquired in 2015), Lele Saveri’s The Newsstand (community-oriented installation, originally presented at a subway stop in Brooklyn, New York; acquired in 2016), and the original set of 176 emoji designed by Shigetaka Kurita (acquired in 2016).

Works being shown in France for the first time include Brancusi’sBird in Space, Diane Arbus’s Identical TwinsRoselle, New Jersey (1967), Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Philip Guston’s Tomb (1978), Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s (Untitled) “USA Today” (1990), Carl Andre’s 144 Lead Square (1969), Christopher Wool’s Untitled (1990), Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (You Invest in the Divinity of the Masterpiece) (1982), and Romare Bearden’s Patchwork Quilt (1970).

Exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris” was co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Fondation Louis Vuitton

the artists

Laurie Anderson, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Art Workers Coalition, Eugène Atget, Gilbert Baker, Romare Bearden, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Umberto Boccioni, Mark Bradford, Constantin Brancusi, George Brecht, Robert Breer, Alexander Calder, Antonio Cañavate Gomez, Janet Cardiff, Asli Çavuşoğlu, Paul Cézanne, Ian Cheng, Lygia Clark, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Willem de Kooning, Walt Disney, Trisha Donnelly, Juan Downey, Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eiseinstein, Walker Evans, Leo Fender, LaToya Ruby Frazier, General Idea, Andrea Geyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Edward Hopper, T. Hayes Hunter, Imam Issa, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Ellsworth Kelly, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Gustav Klutsis, Rem Koolhaas, Edward Krasiński, Barbara Kruger, Shigetaka Kurita, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Kazimir Malevich, Man Ray, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, Park McArthur, Edwin Middleton, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lisette Model, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Tomohiro Nishikado, Cady Noland, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ken Okiishi, Roman Ondak, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Liliana Porter, Yvonne Rainer, Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen, Man Ray, Steve Reich, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Cameron Rowland, Jacolby Satterwhite, Lele Saveri, Kurt Schwitters, Sergei Senkin, Cindy Sherman, Paul Signac, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Robert Smithson, Jaume Solá Valleys, Frank Stella, Alfred Stieglitz, Dave Theurer, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ray Tomlinson, United Nations Headquarters Board of Design, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Edward Weston, Christopher Wool.

the curators

Direction: Glenn Lowry (Director, The Museum of Modern Art) and Suzanne Pagé (Artistic Director, Fondation Louis Vuitton)

Curating: Quentin Bajac (The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, MoMA) assisted by Katerina Stathopoulou (Assistant Curator, MoMA), with Olivier Michelon (Curator, Fondation Louis Vuitton).

The archival section was organized by Michelle Elligott (Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections, MoMA).

The essential

From 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018

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View of the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris", gallery 1 (level -1), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018. © Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (Adagp) 2017 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

View of the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris", gallery 1 (level -1), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018. © Succession Picasso 2017 © Succession H. Matisse © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

View of the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris", gallery 1 (level -1), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018. © Association Marcel Duchamp / Adagp, Paris, 2017 © 2017 Calder Foundation New York / ADAGP, Paris © Adagp, Paris, 2017 pour l'œuvre de Giorgio de Chirico © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

View of the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris", gallery 2 (level -1), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

View of the exhibition "Being Modern: MoMA in Paris", gallery 2 (level -1), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, from 11 October 2017 to 5 March 2018. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Adagp, Paris, 2017 © 2017 The Barnett Newman Foundation / ADAGP, Paris © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko - ADAGP, Paris, 2017 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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