Wednesday 19th October

| BY Jack Moss

Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Consider this a homecoming. Yes, for many years, the incredible selection of (mostly French) art procured by Moscow industrialist Sergei Shchukin during the 19th Century, was shackled behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet Russia. But now, courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton, in collaboration with the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum in Russia, that Iron Curtain is well and truly opened, with the collection returning to its birthplace of Paris for a special exhibition. And I think it’s fair to say this is what one would call a “blockbuster” – a veritable treasure trove of artworks from the most important artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries – Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain, Matisse and Picasso, as well as Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Phew. Entitled, Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection, it’s designed to celebrate the artistic relationship between Russia and France, prevalent in pre-Communist Russia and flourishing once again today. In this note, there will also be cultural events around the exhibition, focussing on dance and music exchanged between the countries. Which hopefully means some of that kicky-squat dancing and a limitless supply of vodka. Nostrovia!

22 October 2016 – 20 Februrary 2017