Tue 15 Nov 2016
I do not need to look for excuses to return to Paris, but this seems to be a good one to be back in the French capital in the coming three months. ‘La collection Chtchoukine et ses icônes de l’art moderne’ seems to be the exhibition of the year in Paris, maybe in competition with the Magritte exhibition at Centre Pompidou. The Louis Vutton Foundation succeeded to bring to Paris from museums in Russia (Hemitage, Pushkin, Tetriakov) and out of Russia (MoMA, Stedelijk) some of the finest pieces in the collection gathered by the Russian industrialist and art collector Sergei Shchukin (Sergueï Chtchoukine in French transcription) who acquired between 1897 and 1914 some of the best art of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Derain, Lautrec, Malevich and other. The collection was confiscated by the Bolsheviks after the 1917 revolution and kept in the warehouses for many decades (a small part of it sold abroad), to be distributed to Soviet museums and open to the public after the Stalin era.