Morozov Collection : between exceptional attendance and freezing of works

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As the presentation of the Russian Morozov Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton came to a close last week, more is known about the attendance and the fate of the works loaned to the Foundation by Russian museums and owners.

 

This is a record for one of the largest collections of Modern Art presented at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. More than one million visitors came to admire the works of the Morozov collection during the exhibition, which has been extended until April 3.

 

We recorded 1.25 million visitors, 84% of whom were French. This figure does not exceed that established by the Shchukin collection (1.3 million visitors) which we hosted in 2016-2017, but it is an exceptional figure due to the obvious impact of the health crisis and the absence of foreign visitors, particularly from Asia“, the Foundation estimated. “Between Shchukin and Morozov, 2.55 million visitors discovered collections never before seen in Russia on this scale.”

 

 

But one question remains unanswered. Most of the works belong to Russian oligarchs or museums: in view of the current conflict in Ukraine, their return to their respective countries has raised many questions.

 

What will happen to the collection ?

 

After several weeks of uncertainty, the Ministry of Culture announced on Saturday that two works would not be returned to Russia as initially planned. The two paintings, one belonging to a Russian oligarch, the other from a Ukrainian institution, the Dnipropetrovsk Museum of Fine Arts.

 

The Ukrainian painting is the portrait of Margarita Kirillovna Morozova, the wife of the collector Mikhail Morozov (1870-1903), painted in Moscow in 1910 by Valentin Serov. This oil on canvas seized “at the request of the Ukrainian authorities” will remain in the hands of the French authorities “until the situation in the country allows for its safe return“. The second painting is believed to be a self-portrait by painter Pyotr Konchalovsky, belonging to Petr Aven, an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin who is subject to sanctions, including an asset freeze.

 

The Ministry of Culture is reportedly still examining the case of a third painting from the Morozov collection, linked to the oligarch Vyacheslav Kantor, who is also under sanctions.

 

Even with the EU sanctions decision, EU member states can derogate from the ban on transferring and exporting works of art to Russia if these works have been loaned as part of official cultural cooperation with Russia, the ministry said.

 

 

 

Read also > [LUXUS+ MAGAZINE] WITH THE WAR IN UKRAINE, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PIECES OF ART OF THE MOROZOV COLLECTION?

 

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This is a record for one of the largest collections of Modern Art presented at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. More than one million visitors came to admire the works of the Morozov collection during the exhibition, which has been extended until April 3.

 

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This is a record for one of the largest collections of Modern Art presented at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. More than one million visitors came to admire the works of the Morozov collection during the exhibition, which has been extended until April 3.

 

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Passionate about art and fashion, Hélène went to a fashion design school: the Atelier Chardon-Savard. She then completed her training with an MBA in Marketing at ISG. She has written for the magazine Do it in Paris and specializes in writing articles about luxury, art and fashion for Luxus +.

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