Egon Schiele and Jean-Michel BasquiatTwo icons at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The prophets of art and
extravagant virtuosity.


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.”
Schiele and Basquiat are linked by their destinies, both having created a body of work with rare impact and permanency in over a very short period. The exhibitions dedicated to each of them underline the specific context of their work, which was done during two rich yet very different periods in history.

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.