on left: Egon Schiele, Selfportrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing 1911
on right: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled 1982
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is featuring separate exhibitions of two painters linked by their fascinating intensity and brief, meteoric lives: Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Until 14th of January 218, with a selection of 250 creations selected from their exceptional body of work, the Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates the itineraries of the two artists who, says Suzanne Pagé, artistic director of the Foundation, “saw themselves as prophets of art and had extravagant virtuosity.”
These two exceptional exhibitions express one of the four defining themes of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection, namely the subjective and expressionist vision of the artist. The Egon Schiele exhibition marks the first time that the Fondation Louis Vuitton has dedicated a monograph to a “historical” artist. This is the first time that the Foundation has hosted an exhibition of this size devoted to a single artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose works figure significantly in the Foundation Collection.