Have a free breakfast at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris! – Meanderings through France n° 107
By Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
The “Shchukin Morning” is an unheard of initiative taken by the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris to make a brilliant finish to its successful and exceptional exhibition “Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection”, dedicated to Shchukin (or Chtchoukine in French), a major Russian art collector. From 27 February to 5 March 2017 you can both fill your mind and your stomach. On this occasion the Foundation will open earlier in the morning and from 7 till 9 am, a free breakfast will be offered to all visitors.
It is no coincidence that this exhibition is such a success. Over 600,000 visitors have already seen it, leading the Foundation and its partners the State Hermitage Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and Tretyakov State Gallery to give an extension to the exhibition from 20 February to 5 March 2017. During the last week of the exhibition the Foundation will be open for 7 days in a row from 7 am to 11 pm and even until 1am on Saturday 4 March.
On Wednesday 1 March the exhibition spaces will be specifically dedicated to children and families with a special “Mini Tribu” (Mini Tribe) admission package with priority access for only 16€ valid for the whole family (up to 6 people with at least one child under 18 years old), including breakfast for all. On this special day, tours will be organised for children and their parents to discover the wonderful Shchukin collection.
On Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March there will be a very special and festive closing weekend. Before or after visiting the exhibition, go to the Auditorium and be lulled by the sound of live music. On Saturday 4 March from 2 to 9 pm, join “Petit Prince”, a leading-edge musician and engineer and get wrapped in his soothing music. At 10pm a surprise-artist whose name will only be revealed at the last minute will take you on a live musical journey to the realms of Russia. Finally on Sunday 5 March “Balades Sonores”, a company that is both an eclectic record dealer and an art gallery, will present a mix from Helmut Kool and Breakfasting blending contemporary and traditional music with Russian and Siberian moods. A new experience!
Every day during this last week breakfast will be served in the Foundation restaurant, “Le FranK”, where Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos usually proposes natural, flavourful and fragrant lunch and dinner menus beneath the huge glass-roof and the Frank Gehry fishes that populate the restaurant’s ceiling. There, having a hot drink, a fruit juice and fresh croissants you will enjoy the view over the surrounding Bois de Boulogne and get ready for your visit.
Sergei Shchukin was one of the early 20th century’s prominent art patrons and a visionary collector of French modern art. He had an unerring eye to select significant works of art and brought together an impressive collection including works by Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Le Douanier Rousseau, Gaugin, Sisley, Toulouse-Lautrec… at a time when these artists were mostly ignored or even denigrated. In 1918 the collection was confiscated and nationalised by Lenin and was on display at the State Museum of Modern Western Art. But later Stalin declared a ban on the exhibition as part of the fight against “art bourgeois”. In 1948 the collection was divided in two between the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Pushkin Musem in Moscow but the paintings were not to be seen for dozens of years. The present exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation is a rare opportunity to see these 130 works reunited for the first time since the Russian revolution.
After going back to their different Russian museums, who knows when these works of art will ever be reunited again? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them if you happen to be in Paris during this exciting last week.
More information: http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html
Text ©Annick Dournes