For the first time in 100 years the part of famous Shchukin collection is leaving Russia in order to be exhibited in the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on October 22.
After the February Revolution, Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin emigrated to Paris. His palace and fortune were seized by the Bolsheviks, including the finest collection of 278 artworks by Matisse, Degas, and Picasso.
In 1918, Lenin officially absorbed the paintings into the collection of the Russian State. Later the artworks were hidden away for several decades because they were “decadent.”
Finally they reappeared on the walls of the Hermitage and Pushkin museums in the mid-1970s.
This autumn the collection of 130 pieces will travel from Russia to the homeland of their authors to be placed in The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris for a short exhibition.
12 works by Gauguin, 8 by Cézanne, 8 by Monet, a staggering 22 works by Matisse, and 29 paintings, pastels, collages, drawings, and gouaches by Picasso will be viewed at the foundation. “Considering what they have been through, the paintings are in good condition,”
says Anne Baldassari, the exhibition’s curator.