Fondation Louis Vuitton set to open Being Modern: MoMA in Paris exhibition

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton is presenting Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, an exceptional exhibition devoted to seminal works from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Featuring over 200 artworks, the exhibition reflects the history of the renowned institution and the choices it made in building its collection. Being Modern: MoMA in Paris opens on October 11, 2017 and runs until March 5, 2018.

MoMA, which is currently engaged in a major expansion and renovation project, is partnering with the Fondation Louis Vuitton to present its legendary collection in Paris. Organized jointly by MoMA and the Fondation Louis Vuitton under the direction of MoMA director Glenn Lowry and Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the exhibition presents the New York museum’s engagement with modern art while constituting a manifesto that affirms its mission of perpetually “being modern”.

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris brings together a selection of more than 200 works that the museum has acquired since its founding in 1929. Ranging from the birth of modern art to recent contemporary art, these creations – both masterpieces and less familiar works – are displayed alongside materials from MoMA’s archives, offering an understanding of their context while retracing the history of the museum and how it built one of the world’s greatest art collections.

The exhibition includes works by Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, René Magritte, Yayoi Kusama and others, spanning a multidisciplinary selection from all six of MoMA’s curatorial departments, displayed throughout all four levels of the Foundation. Conceived as a chronological itinerary, the exhibition opens with a room dedicated to “the first MoMA” and ends with a selection of recent acquisitions. Some of the works are being shown for the first time in France, including Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space (1928) and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962).

A program of architecture, film, performance and music events is scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition, from October 11, 2017 to March 5, 2018. This program will be inaugurated on October 11 at 7 pm with a discussion between MoMA director Glenn Lowry and Elisabeth Diller, a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + renfro, the firm that designed the new expanded and renovated MoMA building. 

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