The Fondation Louis Vuitton puts the spotlight on African arts with “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” exhibition

© Chéri Samba. Photo : Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting the exhibition “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” from April 26 to August 28, 2017. The three-part exhibition spotlights lesser known elements of the thriving African arts scene with a series of fresh perspectives on artistic creativity and artists through an extensive choice of works.

PARIS, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The section called “The Insiders” brings together selected works by fifteen iconic artists from the contemporary African art collection of Jean Pigozzi, displayed for the first time in Paris. In collaboration with André Magnin, Jean Pigozzi began building this unique collection expressing bold statements in 1989. Influenced by spiritual, scientific and technical traditions, the artists express themselves through a variety of forms and media, creating a significant body of work that spurs awareness of a heretofore little-known art scene.

The Foundation is also presenting “Being There”, a group exhibition of works by artists from South Africa who represent a new form of social activism. With the emergence of growing involvement in contemporary art by galleries and universities, South Africa enjoys one of the most dynamic scenes on the continent today. This section features seventeen artists, spanning both prominent South African artists such as Jane Alexander and William Kentridge, along with artists born in the 1980s whose work examines contemporary issues more than 20 years after the end of apartheid.

The third section features selected works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, presenting African artists and artists whose creations engage with the African continent.

A special program of events is scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition centered on music, poetry, literature and film. For this event the Fondation Louis Vuitton is joining La Grande Halle de La Villette to offer tickets valid for both the “Art/Afrique, le Nouvel Atelier” exhibition and “Afriques Capitales” at La Villette.

Practical information:
– Exhibition runs from April 26 to August 28,  2017
– Monday through Thursday 12pm to 7pm. Friday from 12pm to 9pm and until 11pm on the first Friday of each month. Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
Find out more information here

SOURCE: LVMH

The Fondation Louis Vuitton announces special program to celebrate the final week of Shchukin exhibition

The Fondation Louis Vuitton announces special program to celebrate the final week of Shchukin exhibition

 

Paris, 2017-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Shchukin Collection exhibition has proved an unprecedented success with the public, drawing over a million visitors. The Fondation Louis Vuitton has announced a special program to celebrate the final week.

Extended visiting hours
The Fondation Louis Vuitton will be open from 7 am to 11 pm from Monday, February 27 to Sunday March 5 and until 1 am in the morning on Saturday, March 4.
It will also welcome visitors to Shchukin Mornings every day between 7 am and 9 am with free breakfast for early morning art lovers.

Family Day
Wednesday, March 1 is Family Day at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, giving young children and their parents a special opportunity to enjoy the exhibition. There will be storytelling and mini-visits, games to find masterpieces and other activities for a fun experience for kids steeped in culture. What’s more, a special “Mini Tribe” entrance fee – including priority entry – is available for groups of up to six people including at least one child under 18 eager to see the exhibition under optimal conditions.

Cultural program
The Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection exhibition has been accompanied by a series of concerts and performances over the past four months. In addition to piano recitals, the Vladimir Spivakov Orchestra took up residency, and the iconic Ballets Russes were reinterpreted by modern-day dance masters such as Lil Buck, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Friedemann Vogel and François Chaignaud.

Piano virtuoso Anna Fedorova concludes the cycle with a Chopin recital on Friday, March 3 at 8:30 pm.

Closing weekend

The Fondation Louis Vuitton invites visitors to a festive final weekend to cap the exhibition. From 2 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, March 4 the music label Pain Surprises has been given carte blanche, followed by an electronic music concert featuring surprise guests at 10 pm. The exhibition remains open throughout the concert, closing at 1 am.

On Sunday, March 5, Balades Sonores will organize a DJ set by Helmut Kool and Breakfasting, melding contemporary and traditional music with Russian and Siberian accents.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates Sergei Shchukin this fall

The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates Sergei Shchukin this fall
The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates Sergei Shchukin this fall

 

Paris, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton has announced its fall program, which begins with a tribute to Sergei Shchukin, a leading patron of the arts of the early 20th century. His collection, which includes emblematic works by prominent artists from the period, will be displayed from October 22 within the scope of the France-Russia Year of Cultural Tourism.

Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh… The collection constituted by Sergei Shchukin includes works by the most renowned impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist masters. The Moscow industrialist was a visionary in his taste for modern French art, leading him to begin forming an exceptional collection from 1898, representing the most radical trends in art from the era.  Nationalized during the Russian revolution, the paintings in the collection have been displayed at separate locations in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.

For the first time since they were divided, the 135 works in the collection will be brought together for an exceptional retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The fruit of a long-term collaboration with the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow, the exhibition retraces the genesis of the collection from 1890 to 1914 and proposes a comparison between the works by these modern French masters and those by Russian avant-garde painters.

The exhibition, which runs from October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017, will span the entire Foundation Louis Vuitton and be accompanied by a program of music and dance events, as well as conferences.

The Foundation Louis Vuiton has launched advance ticket sales via its website: http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en/expositions/icones-de-l-art-moderne.html

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton debuts new program that showcases China’s contemporary art scene, the “Bentu” exhibition

PARIS, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton is showcasing China’s contemporary art scene with a new program that debuts on Wednesday, January 27 with the “Bentu” exhibition. This first exhibition devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years is joined by a new hang of works from the Foundation Collection.

Exhibition “Bentu, Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation”

“Bentu” , which means “native soil” in Chinese, is a concept that informs the work by the guest artists, representing an attempt to reconcile the “global” with a “local”, personal identity. In the context of Chinese art, “Bentu” expresses the uniqueness of the artists and their desire to affirm their distinctive individuality amidst a mass of uniformity.

Twelve artists from different generations have been brought together for the exhibition, including  Liu Wei, Xu Qu and Hao Liang. Through their sculptures, paintings and videos they propose their personal takes on the current state of the economy and ecology in a society in transformation, employing a vast palette of techniques and media, from local craftsmanship to cutting-edge technologies.

Organized in collaboration with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art of Beijing (UCCA), the exhibition runs until May 2, 2016.

Selected Chinese works from the Foundation Collection

In conjunction with the Bentu exhibition, a new hang of works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection will also feature Chinese art, presenting 11 contemporary artists. They include Tree by Ai Weiwei (whose new work is currently being shown at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche), a pop art sculpture of a goddess from the Buddhist pantheon by Xu Zhen, and animated videos by Cao Fei. The hang shows how the artists are inspired by both the Chinese myths that they reinterpret, and the contemporary social realities of their country, which they reflect and question through their work.

The new hang from the Collection is on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton until September 5th.

SOURCE: LVMH

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Currency Wars © Xu Qu

Currency Wars © Xu Qu

The Fondation Louis Vuitton features special art project to raise funds for charity called “recto/verso”

PARIS, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton is featuring a very special art project to raise funds for charity called “recto/verso” (front/back). The exhibition of contemporary art works, which runs until November 15, will culminate with an auction of the works, which remain anonymous when they go under the hammer. All proceeds will be donated to the Secours Populaire charity. This unique concept in France is supported by the LVMH Group.

More than 200 contemporary artists, both established and emerging, agreed to take part in the recto/verso project, creating a work specially for the event. The only “rules” were that all the works had to be the same format, and could only be signed on the back, making them all equal when they are auctioned anonymously.

Displayed to the public from November 11-15, the works will be sold at a novel type of auction. Collectors bid on a work without knowing the name of the artist, which is concealed on the back of the canvas. They can try to recognize the artist, or simply let their personal taste be their guide. Bidding starts at 150 euros, thus encouraging a larger number of people to take part.

This project is designed to help promote broad access to culture, since proceeds will be donated to the French charity Secours Populaire, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The funds raised will enable the association to continue its initiatives to facilitate access to art and culture, which plays an essential role in helping improve the lives of disadvantaged people.

The recto/verso project encompasses multiple facets, uniting artists, specialists from the art world, collectors and the public behind the same cause thanks to a shared passion for contemporary art.

SOURCE: LVHM

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© Bernard Nicolau Bergeret for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

© Bernard Nicolau Bergeret for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

PARIS, 2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited the second class of students in the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program on October 27th to a ceremony marking the start of the 2015 school year. The 100 new students joining the IME this year were welcomed by LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault. Highlights from the inauguration.

The IME vocational training program was launched in July 2014, offering degree courses that allow students to combine training at prestigious schools – including the Ecole de la Bijouterie Joaillerie de Paris jewelry school, the Ecole Boulle and the Maison des Compagnons du Devoir – with professional experience in the workshops of LVMH Houses. Training covers a variety of areas such as “couture flou” (draping, or “soft” couture), retail sales and winemaking. The objective is to train the talented artisans of tomorrow.

Speaking at the ceremony, LVMH Group Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Synergies Chantal Gaemperle underlined why LVMH has always attached great importance to transmitting savoir-faire to new generations: “The expert gestures of people who work with leather, jewelry, couture gowns or grapevines can only be passed on from artisan to artisan. Each gesture must be absolutely perfect.”

Bernard Arnault had words of encouragement for the new IME students: “You need to be optimistic, persevering, and even a bit stubborn.” After talking about the Group’s values, he reminded them of the fundamental raison-d’être of LVMH and its people: “We are there to sell dreams and spark desire.”  This vision will certainly provide inspiration to the students as they embark on this uniquely rich educational experience.

IME courses in artisanal, creative and retail métiers:

  • Vocational high school degree in jewelry arts and techniques
  • Vocational high school degree in “Couture Tailleur” (draping, or “soft” couture)
  • Vocational high school degree in leather goods
  • Vocational baccalaureate in winegrowing
  • Client Advisor
  • Degree in Design, Communication, Space, Volume

SOURCE: LVMH

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton invited 2nd class of students in LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program

© LVMH

The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates its first anniversary

PARIS, FRANCE, 2015-10-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened its doors a year ago, on October 24, 2014, welcoming the public to its amazing building. In one year, the Foundation has emerged as a major institution in the cultural landscape of Paris, France, and indeed the world. A few figures tell a remarkable success story.

1 year: The Foundation celebrates its first anniversary at the end of October. A new “must” on the Paris cultural scene, the institution has made multidisciplinary programming a key strength, welcoming exhibitions, artistic and musical performances, concerts, plus master classes and educational workshops for young visitors.

3 Hangs: Comprised primarily of works done from the 1960s onwards, the Foundation’s nascent collection is developed around four themes, unified by powerful emotional resonance: contemplative, subjective expressionism, popist and music/sound.

These four themes have been illustrated in three Hangs. For the first phase in the inaugural cycle, Hang 1 centered on a reading of the architecture through a compact presentation of emblematic works. Hang 2 spotlighted the collection’s expressionist and contemplative lines through a variety of works, ranging from Alberto Giacometti to Annette Messager and Ed Atkins. Finally, Hang 3 – which runs until January 4, 2016 – focused on the popist and music/sound lines of the collection.

In addition to its own collection, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has organized several temporary exhibitions, alternating between contemporary shows and historical perspectives. Olafur Eliasson presented unique installations created specially for the Foundation, while the most recent exhibition, Keys to a Passion, brought together an emblematic selection of major works from the 20th century that connect with the four core themes of the collection.

For its 2016 program, the Foundation will feature contemporary Chinese art, both in its own collection and in a series of exhibitions.

1,000: The number of seats in the Auditorium, which welcomes all forms of live artistic performances, especially music. Artists to date have ranged from Lang Lang to Kanye West and Kraftwerk. The public enjoys the performances of musicians and artists from every discipline in this venue, which boasts unique architecture and state-of-the-art technical facilities. Classical music concerts are broadcast on Radio Classique.

3,600 glass panels: With a transparent lightness that evokes the sails of a ship, these panels constitute the roof of the spectacular building designed by Frank Gehry. Conceived as a vessel floating in its natural environment, the boldly unique building was made possible thanks to innovative expertise and technologies. This architectural feat has become a new symbol of Paris, as well as of a France focused on vibrant innovation.

1.2 million visitors: The Fondation targeted 700,000 visitors the first year after the inauguration on October 24, 2014. The tremendous enthusiasm of the public has resulted in attendance well beyond these expectations. What’s more, it has proved especially popular among a young public – a quarter of the visitors are under 26.

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates its first anniversary

© Iwan Baan 2014