Basquiat and Schiele: artistic duo for the Fondation Vuitton in Paris

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Basquiat and Schiele: artistic duo for the Fondation Vuitton in Paris

From 3 October 2018 to 14 January 2019, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be putting on two must-see exhibitions by master painters Basquiat and Schiele.

Basquiat and Schiele: artistic duo for the Fondation Vuitton in Paris

Dive into New York in the Eighties with Basquiat

If you could see just one exhibition in Paris this autumn, come to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, housed in a building that is itself a work of art with its 12 gigantic panels of curved glass.

Just steps away from the Jardin d'Acclimatation, the ambitiously designed building will be hosting a unique retrospective of the short-but-exceptional career of New Yorker Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), one of the most influential avant-garde painters of the late 20th century.

Over four floors of the museum, dive into the colourful and underground world of this master with almost a hundred of his most important pieces. Follow the artist throughout his life from his collaborations with Andy Warhol to his paintings. His work is unlike anything Europe has ever seen, such as the intriguing Riding with Death, a portrayal of a horseman riding a skeleton.

This painting became emblematic of the Neo-Expressionism spearheaded by Basquiat. It demonstrates his obsession with human mortality and the events that marked his generation: the emergence of hip-hop culture, AIDS, poverty and unemployment. Embrace the promise of a gripping ride into the heart of New York in the 1980s.

Basquiat and Schiele: artistic duo for the Fondation Vuitton in Paris

An immersion into Expressionism with Schiele

Alongside the avant-garde Basquiat, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will showcase another major painter: Austrian Egon Schiele (1890–1918). This second exhibition features around 80 paintings that are as bold as they are scandalous. Schiele's Expressionist style is raw, disjointed and all his own. Each of his pieces is a provocation against the modesty of his time, with an obvious link between death and eroticism, Eros and Thanatos.

You cannot help but be moved by the series of self-portraits in which the artist appears emaciated and tormented, like Self-Portrait with Chinese Lantern Plant (1912). The retrospective includes a number of nudes in complex poses such as Black-Haired Girl with Lifted Skirt (1911) before wrapping up with one of the major works from this enfant terrible associated with the Viennese Secession: Cardinal and Nun (1912), a provocative nod to The Kiss by his spiritual master, Gustav Klimt. It is 20th century art at its finest from these two geniuses on show in Paris.

Egon Schiele – Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition
3 October 2018 to 14 January 2019

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