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Basquiat’s ‘Grillo’ Part Of The Louis Vuitton Foundation.

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Basquiat’s ‘Grillo’ Part Of The Louis Vuitton Foundation.

John-Michel Basquiat, Grillo, 1984, on exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

The Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris adds iconic pieces to it’s permanent collection through it’s third exhibition at the newly-inaugurated space, designed by architect Frank Gerhy.

Titled ‘Pop & Music/ Sound’, the exhibition examines “popism” on consumer society through artists works like John-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Philippe Pareno among others.

Opened on 3 June 2015, Pop & Music/Sound features Grillo by John-Michel Basquiat, selected for its expressionistic and contemplative lines. The newly acquired Basquiat item is the third addition to the foundation’s permanent collection.

self-portrait, 1986
Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1986, is part of the ‘Pop & Music/Sound’ exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

Other works from the ‘popism’ line link themes of replication, accumulation and cultural movements, which engage with “musical exploration”. Music appears in works, conceived as holistic environments, that integrate sounds as main materials.

k.364 (2010) a video and sound piece by Douglas Gordon, photo by Mike Bruce – part of the ‘Music/Sound’ exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

A work by Douglas Gordon, titled k.364 (2010), is a video and sound piece, and is one of the highlights of the show, and is beautifully displayed in a cavernous dark room. The work follows the voyage of two Israeli musicians to Poland and their performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Warsaw Philarmonic.

The mechanism of a double projection reflected in mirrors offers a complex, yet fragmented view where lyricism interjects with memory the living recollections of families subjected to deportation.

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