The Museum of Modern Art, New York will share more than 200 works to go on display at the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this autumn. The show titled Being Modern: MoMA in Paris will open on 11 October and will highlight “the pivotal role that MoMA, its curators and its exhibition program have played in the history of art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.”
The exhibition will display artworks that MoMA has acquired since it was founded in 1929 and will include masterworks “ranging from the birth of modern art through trends and styles such as American abstraction, pop art and minimalism.”
The works are drawn from all six of MoMA’s curatorial departments and those presented will include Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Edward Hopper, Max Beckmann, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Walker Evans, Yayoi Kusama, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Yvonne Rainer and Frank Stella. Other works such as Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, Diane Arbus’s Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, and Constantin Brancusi’s bronze Bird in Space will be shown in France for the first time.
“I wanted Being Modern: MoMA in Paris to fall within the tradition of our previous major exhibitions such as Keys to a Passion, 2015, and Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection, 2016,” says Bernard Arnault, president of Fondation Louis Vuitton. “All three have been organised in close collaboration with some of the world’s most prestigious international modern art museums. This exhibition marks, once again, our desire to provide the widest possible audience with the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most remarkable works of art.”
“This exhibition has two objectives: to show in Paris works that represent pivotal moments in the history of modern art, while eliciting the impact that the expanded and renovated MoMA will have on the international landscape,” added Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of Fondation Louis Vuitton and overall curator of the exhibition.
Being Modern: MoMA in Paris opens on 11 October and runs until 5 March 2018.
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