In a film by London-based director Andrew Margetson, Lil Buck leads viewers on a tour of the current exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
The Chicago-born dancer spins, shuffles and glides through the Frank Gehry-designed museum, pausing in front of a handful of the 130 works included in “Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection.” He dances past “The Pink Studio” (1911) by Henri Matisse, which can usually be found in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum. In fact, this is the first time in a century that these 130 artworks have left Russia.
Sergei Shchukin, the Russian textile manufacturer and avid collector of French modern art, bought “The Pink Studio” directly from Matisse’s Paris studio. When he emigrated to Paris after the February Revolution, Shchukin’s collection of 278 works – predominantly French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art – was absorbed into the Russian state collection.
The exhibition – which runs from Oct. 22, 2016 to Feb. 20, 2017 – is being held as part of the official France-Russia year of cultural tourism 2016-17, and was dependent on the collaboration of Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum; Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum; and Zelfira Tregulova, director of the Tretyakov State Gallery.
Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection. Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Till Feb. 20, 2017.