Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection

BY Tanika D’souza / Nov 7 2016 / 17:57 PM

The 130-piece exhibition pays homage to one of the most prominent patrons of the 20th century Sergei Shchukin

Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection
Edgar Degas. 'Dancer in Front of the Window (Dancer at the Photographer's Studio)' 1875. Courtesy of Moscow The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection
Pablo Picasso. 'Three Women.' 1907,1908. Succession Picasso 2016. Courtesy of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection
Georges Braque. 'The Castle of La Roche-Guyon.' 1909. ADAGP Paris. 2016. Courtesy of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection
Paul Cézanne. 'Pierrot and Harlequin' (Mardi Gras)'. 1888,1890. Courtesy of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

As part of the France-Russia year of Cultural Tourism 2016-2017, the French museum and cultural centre, Fondation Louis Vuitton’s latest exhibition pays homage to Moscow’s leading industrialist turned impressionist, Sergei Shchukin.

Upon building relationships with modern art dealers such as Paul Durand-Ruel, Berthe Weill, Ambroise Vollard, Georges Bernheim and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler as well as celebrated artists, Monet and Matisse, Shchukin became a fully integrated personality within the elite design circles of 20th century Paris.

The exhibition aims to celebrate Shchukin’s elaborate artistic networks through displaying a significant ensemble of 130 major pieces from periods including impressionism, post-impressionism and modern art. With a particular emphasis on the art of Monet, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso, amongst others, Icons of Modern Art provides the opportunity for scientific review and will bring together the international community of researchers investigating the role of the great collectors of modern and contemporary art of the 19th and 20th century.

Marks a new step in the long-term collaboration between the Fondation, Hermitage Museum and Pushkin Museum, Icons of Modern Art proposes an important body of work that highlights the artistic dialogue between France and Russia both in the present day as well as in the past.

The exhibition runs until February 20, 2017.