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October 4, 2017

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris Hosts Historic MoMA Showcase

By Lauren Jade Hill

By Lauren Jade Hill

In its striking Frank Gehry-designed building in Paris, Fondation Louis Vuitton will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to New York’s Museum of Modern Art from October 11th, 2017 to March 5th, 2018. The exhibition Being Modern: MOMA in Paris will encompass more than 200 artworks from the MoMA collection, ranging from renowned masterpieces to less famous but no less significant works, highlighting the influential role that MoMA, its curators and exhibitions have had in the history of art throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

As MoMA now embarks on a significant renovation, the gallery has chosen Fondation Louis Vuitton as its partner in bringing their art and greater message to Paris. With this in mind, the exhibition brings together a collection of the most important artworks MoMA has collected since it was founded in 1929, all the way from the birth of modern art to important trends such as American abstraction, Pop art and Minimalism to reflect the institution’s history.

These 200 works will occupy the Fondation’s entire building and will be displayed to evoke the more fluid and interdisciplinary installations that visitors to MoMA in New York will be able to experience after the completion of its major renovation and expansion.

Among the 200 artworks on display, visitors can expect to see masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Yayoi Kusama among many more legendary artists. A selection of rarely seen artworks from MoMA’s archives will also be on show.

Artworks to be shown in France for the first time include Constantin Brancusi’s bronze Bird in Space, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, and USA Today by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Curated by Quentin Bajac, along with assistant curator Katerina Stathopoulou, in association with Fondation Louis Vuitton curator Olivier Michelon, under the direction of MoMA director Glenn Lowry and the artistic director of Fondation Louis Vuitton Suzanne Pagé, this extensive collection of masterpieces and rarely seen works is an unprecedented showcase that illustrates the Museum of Modern Art’s rich history.

Image credits: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, Gelatin silver print, MoMA, Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel, 1995 © 2017 Cindy Sherman; Paul Signac, Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890, MoMA, Fractional gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller © 2017 Artists Rights Society, New York / ADAGP, Paris

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