MoMA loans artworks to Paris museum for major show

A woman walks near the Campbell's Soup Can prints by American pop artist Andy Warhol in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on April 8, 2015.
A woman walks near the Campbell's Soup Can prints by American pop artist Andy Warhol in the Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on April 8, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS • Museums in New York are invading the French capital.

Salvador Dali's The Persistence Of Memory and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans will be among iconic works from The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) featured in a blockbuster show opening in Paris next month.

With about 200 works, the show traces the nearly 90-year history of MoMA's collection, from early modern art to abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art and digital works.

Being Modern: MoMA In Paris will open on Oct 11 at Fondation Louis Vuitton, the private museum that was inaugurated to great fanfare in the Bois de Boulogne west of Paris in 2014.

MoMA director Glenn Lowry welcomed the challenge of installing the exhibit in the Frank Gehrydesigned museum.

"To think about works you know very well in a completely different context, a different audience in a new space, that stimulated us," he said.

"You had to play with the building," said Mr Quentin Bajac, the show's curator and head of photography at MoMA.

Among the prized works will be Paul Cezanne's The Bather and Pablo Picasso's Boy Leading A Horse.

Lesser-known pieces include works by Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

The show will run until March 5 next year.

MoMA is not the only major New York museum to lend collections to Paris this year.

The Whitney Museum of American Art will present around 60 major pop artworks for the first time in the French capital at the Maillol Museum from Sept 22 to Jan 21.

And The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a retrospective honouring the portrait photographer Irving Penn at the Grand Palais from Sept 21 to Jan 29.

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