After the blockbuster Morozov collection, the Louis Vuitton Foundation inaugurates 2 new major exhibitions

Simon Hantaï, Tabula, [Paris]1980 Acrylic on canvas, 297 x 266 cm Private collection © Archives Simon Hantaï / ADAGP, Paris 2022 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / David Bordes

Megan Rooney, With Sun (detail), 2022 House paint, acrylic, spray can, grease pencil, pastel, pencil Painting in situ, gallery 8, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris © Megan Rooney, 2022 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Charles Duprat

After the resounding success of the Morozov Collection exhibition (which recently returned to Russia after 1.25 million visitors to Paris), the Louis Vuitton Foundation is inaugurating two new exhibitions, “Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) – the Centennial Exhibition” and “Fugues In Color”, on view until the end of August.

To celebrate the centenary of SIMON HANTAI (1922-2008), the Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurated a retrospective exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of the Franco-Hungarian artist. Simon Hantaicurated by Anne Baldassari, presents more than 130 of her works, many of which have never been shown before, spread over three levels of the Foundation.

The presentation of pieces from the collection of the artist’s studio, most of which are presented for the first time, includes some fifteen historical works, to which are added four paintings from the collection of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. . Simon Hantaï’s paintings are exhibited alongside those of major artists who influenced him, including Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock. They are joined by works by peers and friends such as Michel Parmentier and Daniel Buren. In homage to Simon Hantaï, an exceptional in situ work by Daniel Buren punctuates the route of the exhibition.

Presented at the highest level of the Foundation, “COLORFUL FUGUES” (“Color Flees”) invites paint to escape the confines of the canvas, occupying the space that extends from walls and floors to ceilings. The works of five internationally renowned artists from various backgrounds and generations are presented in dialogue with the astonishing architecture of Frank Gehry.

The exhibition features works by American artists Sam Gilliam and Steven Parrino, Niele Toroni from Switzerland, as well as two installations created especially for the Louis Vuitton Foundation by Katharina Grosse (Germany) and Megan Rooney (Canada).

Sam Gilliam’s colorful canvases are juxtaposed against a range of Distorted canvas by Steven Parrino. Niele Toroni’s works feature his brush stamp method on a variety of mediums. Megan Rooney merges painting, architecture and performance art to create an immersive space infused with colorful vibes. And Katharina Grosse transforms Gallery 10 into an “interface between painting and daylight”. It also unveils a special work commissioned by the Foundation which will be exhibited from the beginning of September. Another of his works is presented at the 59th International Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia.

The exhibitions are open until August 29. For more information, visit

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