First of all I was not expecting a Frank Gehry–designed building! My jaw dropped! I was saying to myslef oh this one resembles somehow the Walt Disney Concert Hall which I saw in summer of 2019 in Los Angeles. And bingo! This ship-like building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened to the public in October 2014. Its aspect is characterized by twelve large glass-and-steel “sails” enveloping a core, named “The Iceberg”, made in white Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete.
The Morozov Collection Icons of Modern Art
I would have said this collection brings Hermitage Museum to your feet. Or generally saying many Russian museums as a package including Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and State Tretyakov Gallery… The collection is A MA AZ I N G ! It has French artists including Manet, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Denis, Maillol, Matisse, Marquet, Vlaminck, Derain and russion ones including Repin, Korovin, Golovin, Serov, Larionov, Goncharova, Malevich, Mashkov, Konchalovsky, Outkine, Saryan and Konenkov.
Collection belongs to Morozov brothers however in 1918, their manufacturing company was taken over by the state and their collection of artworks was nationalised by official decree. When the Nazis invaded Russia in 1941, the paintings were sent to be hidden in the Ural Mountains, where they stayed fairly well-preserved by temperatures that often fell to -40 degrees.
Some family portraits
Special Van Gogh Room
There was a special room dedicated to Van Gogh. They wanted us to feel like him I guess beause the room was dark and you could feel the sadness being closed to a room. Vincent Van Gogh had voluntarily committed himself to the psychiatric asylum of Saint-Remy-de Provence in 1889. During is monthsof detention he painted The Prison Courtyard. It related the confinement the painter suffered. The man with the dangling arms in the center of the circle of prisoners, he assumes the role of self-portrait, taking on the features and destiny of one condemned to death.
As you move through this work, the play of reflections between the mirrors creates a kaleidoscopic effect that dematerializes the surroundings.