Great news in the New Year of the Tiger from Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The Morozov Collection • Icons of Modern Art – originally due to end February 22nd – is now extended to 3 April 2022.
Book your ticket in advance at www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/fr/.
The Paris exhibition brings together 200 masterpieces from the French and Russian modern art collection of brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov. This is the first time the collection has travelled outside Russia.
Mikhail Abramovich Morozov (1870 – 1903) and Ivan Abramovich Morozov (1871 – 1921) dominated Moscow’s cultural life at the turn of the 20th century. Students of painting when they were young, the tycoon industrialists burnished their reputation for their unconditional patronage of contemporary European and Russian art.
The brothers contributed immensely to the international reputation of modern French painters.
The Morozovs acquired more than 250 iconic paintings and sculptures by Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Matisse, Marquet, Derain and Picasso, as well as monumental decorative works by Bonnard and Denis, and bronze sculptures by Rodin, Claudel and Maillol.
Their collections also included nearly 400 modern Russian paintings including by Vrubel, Korovin, Golovin, Serov, Outkine, Larionov, Mashkov, Konchalovsky, Saryan and Konenkov.
The Morozov collections were nationalized in 1918.
As a consequence, it allowed for the creation of the world’s first museum of modern art, namely the State Museum of Modern Western Art/GMNZI, which opened in Ivan Morozov’s Moscow mansion in 1928.
From the 1930s to 1948, their collections were gradually spread out to Russian public institutions: the Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tretyakov Gallery.