From Venice to Paris, European cities are hosts of corporate art foundations that are rich with work from renown and up and coming visual artists. These collectives are so well conceived and curated that many have come to rival any world class museums. This summer offers another opportunity for these foundations to shine with interesting exhibits. Here are a couple worth your visit.
Edouard Manet. Bar aux Folies-Bergère at Fondation Louis Vuitton
At Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris the floor belongs to British entrepreneur and art patron Samuel Courtauld. “The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism” presents his collection which hasn’t been showed in Paris for the past 60 years.
It features some of the greatest paintings from the end of the 19th century and from the very beginning of the 20th century like “Un Bar aux Folies Bergère” by Manet, “La Jeune Femme se poudrant” by Seurat, “Les Joueurs” de cartesby Cézanne, “Autoportrait à l’oreille bandée” by Van Gogh and “Nevermore” by Gauguin.
Also of note, Louis Vuitton reopened its refurbished flagship store in Florence in March 2019 to great fanfare from the fashion industry. The brand made great play of the fact that, alongside all the luxury apparel and accessories, the store is replete with artworks including works by Italian artists such as Osvaldo Medici del Vascello and Massimo Listri.
George Rouy, Don’t Give Us the Morning
Back in Paris Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is home to “Metamorphosis. Art in Europe Now.” This collections showcases the work of 21 artists, each born between 1980 and 1994, in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Artists hail from 16 countries across Europe, including the UK, Intention behond this effort is to show the very real mobility that exists within the European cultural space and how it effects one’s own creative outlet.
Jannis Kounellis is a major retrospective on the Greek Italian contemporary artist
At Fondazione Prada during the Venice Architecture Biennale “Jannis Kounellis”, curated by Germano Celant, is the major retrospective dedicated to the artist following his death in 2017. Developed in collaboration with Archivio Kounellis, the project brings together more 60 works from 1959 to 2015, from both Italian and international museums , as well as from important private collections both in Italy and abroad. The show explores the artistic and exhibition history of Jannis Kounellis, establishing a dialogue between his works and the eighteenth-century spaces of Ca’ Corner della Regina.