• 22 May 2018

From April 11th to August 27th 2018, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris proposes an exhibition that questions the relationship between human beings and their environment entitled “In Tune with the World.” On this occasion, close to thirty Artworks from the foundation’s collection are presented. Matisse, Giacometti, Ritcher, great names of Modern Art and Contemporary Art are part of the exhibition.

François Morellet's Art Installation

François Morellet, Adagp, Paris, 2018 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

“In Tune with the World”: cross-gazes of multiple Artist generations

Since its opening in 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation proposes to discover a collection that is both colossal and diverse. In its latest exhibition entitled “In Tune with the World”, the main theme is the current questioning of the human beings’ place in the universe and its relation to the environment. To that end, the Foundation’s Artistic Director Suzanne Pagé purposely mixed mediums and time periods. The 28 selected Artists for the exhibition occupy the whole space designed by American architect Frank Gehry. “The majority of the Artworks has never been seen before” explained Suzanne Pagé. The idea is to propose different perspectives on Artists who are for the main part influential personalities of the Art world.

Creating immersive spaces of the visitors

The way Suzanne Pagé designed “In Tune with the World” tends to differ from the traditional way of curating. Indeed, the Artworks “were not selected according to Art historians’ principles but for the joy of the visual effect it provokes.” Therefore, different tours are presented with a wide range of medium: painting, sculpture, video, installation etc. “I have decided to take my emotional conscience as a guide” said Suzanne Pagé quoting Roland Barthes. For instance, German Artist Gerhard Ritcher proposes a work on the image and its possible reproductions. With his 6.8 feet long panel, the Artist redefines the dripping technique initiated by Jackson Pollock to better offer a literal dive in color.

Lilak 1982 by Gerhard Richter

Lilak, 1982 © Gerhard Richter

A controversial part: the important space given to Takashi Murakami

An important space was given to Japanese Artist Takashi Murakami born in 1962. This Artist Art-Trope talked about on the occasion of its article dedicated to the Frieze Art fair in New York, divides the Art world. Indeed, from a genius to a fraud, this Artist with vivid colors is regularly the object of several criticisms. However, Suzanne Pagé justifies her choice: “he is more complex than what its goodies show.” His production combines Japanese mangas, Pop Art and traditional Japanese painting. The artist has always wanted to be a movie director in Hollywood. In that context, the exhibition includes a selection of Art videos which is rarely known aspect of the Artist’s personality. It is an answer to recent criticisms. “We then wander why the garish, talkative and tedious Artworks of Takashi Murakami are here” wrote Télérama.

Takashi Murakami at the Frieze New York 2018

Takashi Murakami, Frieze New York 2018 © Linda Nylind


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Sources: Télérama and Les Echos