For the first time in more than sixty years, Fondation Louis Vuitton will be presenting the collection of Samuel Courtauld, titled The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism, from February 20 to June 17 in Paris. The rest of the foundation's building will be dedicated to an exhibition of a new selection of works from its collection titled A Vision for Painting.
The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism will include 110 artworks, most of them previously conserved in the Courtauld Gallery or in different public and private collections. Built in less than ten years between 1923 and 1929, the collection consists of some of the greatest paintings from late 19th and early 20th century, such as Un Bar aux Folies Bergère (1882) by Manet, La Jeune Femme se poudrant by Seurat (1889-90), Les Joueurs de cartes by Cézanne (1892-96), Autoportrait à l’oreille bandée by Van Gogh (1889), and Nevermore by Gauguin (1897).
Following on from previous exhibitions organised by the foundation, the exhibition embodies the organisation's ambition to showcase the role of symbolic collectors from the history of art. Galleries 1, 2 and 3 will be mainly showcasing artworks by Cézanne and Seurat on one hand, and major works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Modigliani on the other hand.
On the upper three floors and the terrace there will be an exclusive display of 75 artworks by 23 international artists, from the1960s to the present day. Highlighting the use of abstraction, space and colour in art, there will be rooms devoted artists like Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto.
By presenting these two exhibitions, Fondation Louis Vuitton reiterates its commitment to celebrate great artworks and make the accessible to the public with a unique historical viewpoint.