Pop and Music at the Louis Vuitton Foundation



The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Pop & Music, an exhibition which explores the links between music and contemporary art and features works from Mr Arnault’s permanent collection. It’s the third exhibition presented in this newly-inaugurated space and designed by ‘starchitect’ Frank Gerhy. I had never been and was happy to make the trip to Boulogne last August. The Olafur Eliasson work downstairs is stunning!

Opened on 3 June 2015, the third hang of the permanent collection follows two main themes:“popism” and “music”. The “popist” line examines various takes on consumer society through works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Philippe Pareno among others. Themes of replication, accumulation and cultural movements engage with “musical exploration” in this vast exhibition. 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 is definitely one of the highlights of this show and is beautifully displayed in a huge 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 – where History has been occulted, as evoked by the transformation of Poznan’s ancient synagogue into a swimming pool – and the living recollections of families subjected to deportation.