The Foundation Louis Vuitton presents an exhibition of the Morozov collection from 22 September 2021 until 22 February 2022. The collection has taken over the entire gallery of the Foundation Louis Vuitton, and will present masterpieces from the collection of brothers, Mikhaïl Abramovitch Morozov (1870-1903) and Ivan Abramovitch Morozov (1871-1921). After the exceptional Shchukin exhibition presented in 2017, which brought more than a million visitors, the Foundation Louis Vuitton repeated the feat by inviting the masterpieces of the magnificent Morozov Collection, one of the world's most important collections of impressionist and modern art, to Paris.
The Morozov family gained most of their wealth from a Garment factory business starting in the early 19th century. Most of their collection was acquired by the Morozov brothers Mikhail and Ivan, sons of Tver and Maragrita. They began to collect impressionist works in the late 19th century mainly in Paris through art dealers as well as custom, commissioned works.
When the Russian Revolution of 1917 occurred, Stalin nationalized all of the wealthiest properties. The Morozov collection was moved from their private homes into one of the world’s first public modern museums, GMNI, which was one of the first museums of Modern Art in the world. The Museum was actually opened before the MoMA in 1929.
After WWII and while Stalin was in power, the avant-garde movement started to slow. Most of the collection was then split between The Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin Collection in Russia. This will be one of the first times the collection is assembled together outside of Russia. This extraordinary show devoted to French and Russian icons of modern art and their Russian collectors is possible thanks to several important factors starting with a love of art, but also significant injections of money, power and politics.
Rewatch our wonderful recording of our digital tour with Geraldine Bretault here
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