The second installment of Icons of Modern Art, the major exhibition organized by Fondation Louis Vuitton, brings together more than 170 unparalleled masterpieces from the collection of modern French and Russian art created by the Muscovite brothers Mikhail and Ivan Morozov.
Following the exhibition of the collection of Sergei Shchukin, Fondation Louis Vuitton continues its exploration of the cultural and intellectual world of Russia’s collectors and patrons, pioneers of modern art. Presented for the fi rst time outside Russia, the Morozov collection includes iconic works by Manet, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Denis, Maillol, Matisse, Marquet, Vlaminck, Derain, and Picasso, alongside works of celebrated Russian artists from the turn of the twentieth century, such as Repin, Vrubel, Korovin, Golovin, Serov, Larionov, Goncharova, Malevich, Mashkov, Konchalovsky, Utkin, Saryan, and Konenkov. The unprecedented presentation of work by these artists represents an exceptional opportunity for discovering them anew.
The philanthropic brothers Mikhail Abramovich Morozov (1870–1903) and Ivan Abramovich Morozov (1871–1921) dominated Moscow’s cultural life from the end of the nineteenth century until the early twentieth century, along with the Tretyakov, Mamontov, Ryabushinsky, and Shchukin families. Their unconditional support of European and Russian contemporary art was integral to the international recognition of modern French painters.