Paris is all set to host one of the first private collections of modern art from Russia. This is the first time that Paris has been selected as the venue to host such a highly renowned Russian art event. Moreover, this is the first time that the private modern art collections are being presented outside of Russia.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation gallery in Paris has announced that they will host an exhibition of the paintings collected by the Russian industrialists Mikhail and Ivan Morozov by 2020. In light of this, many Paris city tours have commenced various programs for attracting more visitors to this event.
The gallery has previously held a successful event that displayed some of the rare yet incredible works of 20th century’s greatest artists. The Morozov brothers have an astounding collection of some of the finest paintings by masters such as Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Cezanne produced before the Russian revolution. The foundation has announced that about 200 works of art created by Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Maurice Denis, and Derain would be featured in Paris for a period of four months.
Such exhibitions have always attracted art lovers from all around the world, and were an immense success in the past. An event titled “Icons of Modern Art” featuring the collections of Sergei Shchukin attracted about 1.2 million people.
Officials from the Louis Vuitton Foundation stated, “The Morozovs and the Shchukins… dominated Moscow’s cultural life at the beginning of the 20th century and helped contribute to the international recognition of French model painters.”
The Soviet regime that ruled during the period has confiscated the art collections of the families. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Tretyakov State Gallery and Pushkin Museum in Moscow now houses this collection from the Morozov’s.
Jean-Paul Claverie, art advisor to the CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault, has declared that the upcoming exhibition of the Morozov’s art collections would be unlike any other in the world. “This is a major international event at the same level as the Shchukin show,” he said.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation also stated that the Morozov and Shchukin exhibitions would be returned to Moscow and St. Petersburg later. The modern art exhibition that is about to commence in Paris is the result of several negotiations between the Russian authorities and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault. Last year, the foundation has entered into a partnership agreement with the Hermitage and Pushkin Museum for conducting the exhibitions.