I’ve always wondered how the art paradise could look like. I found the perfect answer in a sunny Parisian morning, at Fondation Louis Vuitton, when the double exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat – Egon Schiele was opened to the public. (Photo up – Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grillo, 1984 – © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Picture: © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage)
From October 3, 2018 to January 14, 2019, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is featuring separate exhibitions of two painters: Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).
With a selection of 250 creations selected from their exceptional body of work, the Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates the itineraries of the two cool artists.
From opposite ends of the 20th century, from Vienna to New York, the lives and works of Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat are fascinating for their eetingness and their intensity. Both died aged 28. In under a decade, they became major gures in the art of their century. They are linked by their destiny and their fortune, that of a short-lived body of work, the impact and permanency of which have few equals.
The exhibition dedicated to Egon Schiele brings together 110 works, primarily drawings from private collections. The tragic and intimate dimension of Schiele’s work is inseparable from the spirit that reigned in Vienna in the early 20th century, establishing him as a master of expressionism.
The work of Jean-Michel Basquiat is presented over nearly 2,500 square meters on four levels of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. It covers the painter’s entire career chronologically, focusing on 135 seminal works. The exhibition includes several series that have never before been displayed in Europe.
Photography: (C) Fondation Louis Vuitton