Neoteric Art

By Mohini Babbar

Art is one of the most powerful forms of creativity. It can be used to express multiple emotions, to convey love, affection, anger, war, politics, or other thoughts across any society. Unlike classic art which told a story or presented a person or situation, Modern art is ultimately not about the viewing of a pretty picture as such but the emotional experience of the viewer. Foundation Louis Vuitton (previously Louis Vuitton Foundation for creation) is an art museum and cultural centre. Their latest show in February is “Icons of Modern Art”, The word Neoteric means both modern and unique, and so this is summed up here in this article about this exhibition so let’s read about the collection in Neoteric Art.

The image on the left by Vincent Van Gogh, La mer aux Saintes-Maries, 1888.

Thomas Merton in his movie “No man is an Island” once said, Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time“.

This body of work, the Morozov Collection, is being exhibited and is travelling outside Russia (it’s homeland) for the first and only time creating history, by being shown for the first time at foundation Louis Vuitton.

This exhibition is the second in a series called “Icons of Modern Art” a series presented by Foundation Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s foremost collectors of Impressionist and modern art. This follows on from the Shchukin show, a Russian and French collection exhibited as a tribute to Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin, a Russian businessman who became an art collector, mainly of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

This remarkable collaboration of art would not have happened had it not been for The State Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, and The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow who have lent these remarkable pieces of exquisite work.

The Morozov Collection brings together 200 masterpieces from the French and Russian modern art collection of the art patron brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Jeanne Samary, 1877

Dominated by Moscow’s social life at the turn of the twentieth century, similarly, as other patrons, the Tretyakov’s, Mamontovs, Riabouchinskys, and Shchukins felt. Both the siblings Mikhail and Ivan Morozov stood apart for their unconditional patronage of contemporary European and Russian workmanship, which added a credence to the international reputation of modern French painters.

Gathering under one roof in the Frank Gehry building, The Morozov Collection will sit with artists such as Repin, Vrubel, Korovin, Golovin, Serov, Larionov, Goncharova, Malevich, Mashkov, Konchalovsky, Outkine, Saryan, and Konenkov. which will be displayed alongside other artists such as Manet, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Sisley, Bonnard, Denis, Maillol, Matisse, Marquet, Vlaminck, Derain and Picasso

Paul Gauguin​​​​​, Eu haere ia oe (Où vas-tu ?) La Femme au fruit, 1893

The Morozov Collection exhibition marks a new milestone in the institutional partnership established by Fondation Louis Vuitton with the State Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Parallel to the exhibition, Foundation Louis Vuitton is also supporting a broad program of examination, protection and reclamation of present-day French and Russian art, from the assortments of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Tretyakov Gallery.

Wise words by Pablo Picasso “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Witness as a perfect illustration of the lasting bonds of friendship and collaboration between these French and Russian institutions. The exhibition is up from February 24, 2021, for five months at the entire galleries of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. To buy tickets to the event click here.

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