Lil Buck dances us through a tour of the Shchukin collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition “ICONS OF MODERN ART.
THE SHCHUKIN COLLECTION” from 22 October 2016, to 20 February 2017.
The exhibition is part of the official programme of the France-Russia
year of cultural tourism 2016–17 and constitutes as one of its most
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.
From 1898, Sergei Shchukin, a leading Moscow industrialist,
quickly became an integral member of the Parisian arts milieu of the era,
forging relationships with modern art dealers Paul Durand-Ruel,
Ambroise Vollard, and Berthe Weill, then Georges Bernheim and
Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. His friendship with celebrated artists like
Henri Matisse heavily influenced the formation of his collection,
one of the most radical of its time.
Thanks to the generous participation of the State Hermitage Museum
and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, who participated in
the conception of the project, the exhibition will present a significant
ensemble of 127 major pieces by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and
Modern masters from the Shchukin collection. There will be a particular
emphasis on the art of Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain,
Matisse, and Picasso, alongside works from Degas, Renoir,
Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh.
The exhibition also details the impact of the Shchukin collection
on the formation of the Cubo-Futurist, Suprematist, and Constructivist
movements presenting 30 works 28 paintings, collages, constructions,
and reliefs, as well as 2 sculptures. The works are by major artists
of the Russian avant-garde (from the Tretyakov State Gallery,
the Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pushkin Museum,
the Stedeljik Museum, and MoMA). The exhibition includes masterpieces
by Malevich, Rodchenko, Larionov, Tatlin, Kliun, Goncharova,
Popova, and Rozanova.
The exhibition will also provide the opportunity for academic review
and will be accompanied by a catalogue. A symposium will be held
in February 2017 which will bring together an international community
of researchers who will examine the role of the great collectors
of modern and contemporary art of the 19th and 20th century.
A cultural programme of events focusing on dance and music will bear
witness to the vitality of artistic exchanges between France and Russia
from the early twentieth century to today.
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.
On 10 February 2016 in Moscow, the project became part of an official
partnership between the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Hermitage Museum,
and the Pushkin Museum. The exhibition Icons Of Modern Art.
The Shchukin Collection. Hermitage Museum – Pushkin Museum marks
a new step in the long-term, ongoing collaboration between
the Fondation and the Hermitage Museum and Pushkin Museum,
initiated in 2015 with the exhibition "Keys to a Passion".