on the Louis Vuitton Foundation and youthful ambition
It’s not easy to interview Suzanne Pag. For a start, she rarely agrees to sit down with journalists Pag’s cuttings file has to be one of the smallest I’ve ever seen and when she does, well, she doesn’t exactly sit down. Pag, her brilliant blue eyes framed by a brunette bob, is a force of nature, always on the move.
She flicks open and closed a spiral bound printout showing all the works in her next exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation as teeny tiny images and covered with intense Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags handwritten notes: ‘Confusing!’ ‘Languorous!’.
The show, which openedlast week,looks at man’s relationship to the world through carefully chosen works by 29 artists, spanning the 1950s to now, all of which belong to the foundation just a fragment of the hundreds Pag has collected on its behalf since 2006.
We meet in an office at LVMH’s replica louis vuitton bags HQ at 22 Avenue Montaigne, surrounded by the chic boutiques of the quartier. Many of them Dior, Loewe, Cline and Givenchy are owned by replica louis vuitton handbags Pag’s boss, Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, and the seventh richest person in the world (according to Bloomberg).
“He’s a discreet but very passionate man. He cares about art as much as he cares about music, and the economics of his cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk business,”says Pag. “I couldn’t work for someone I didn’t admire.”
But the glamorous environs of the fashion focused eighth arrondissement are not Pag’s natural habitat. Though sharply outfitted in a dark brown Iri jacket and black trousers (she scrunches the jacket up to demonstrate its non crease attributes), Pag is more usually to be found at the Louis Vuitton Foundation itself, in the Bois de Boulogne. To save time, she lives nearby.
The building, designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, opened in 2014. An artwork in its own right, with 12 billowing sails of metal and glass, generous outdoor terraces and a parkland setting, it has been a major part of the foundation’s success, says Pag.
“I love it,”she confesses, eyes burning. “Gehry is a genius; it was a privilege to work with him.”The other reason for the foundation’s success is Pag’s bravery in mixing blockbusters (works from Russia’s State Hermitage Museum) with more challenging explorations in contemporary Chinese and African art.
Indeed, Gehry does have moments of genius, although anyone who has dealt with the insides of his buildings would most likely say that the magic is high quality replica handbags china to be found in their spectacular exterior form. The greater functionality of the foundation has to be down to Pag. “I said from the beginning, crazy outside Frank aaa replica designer handbags , but inside the artist has to be able to work. I asked many artists’ opinions, and they said: normal walls, please.”
Pag came to the foundation in 2006, lured to the private side of the art world after years in its institutional corridors. Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags She started her career in 1973 dolabuy.su , running ARC (Animation/Research/Confrontation), a state funded organisation to champion unknown artists and contemporary art.
This was housed in the Muse d’Art Moderne in Paris, which she went on to run for 18 years. By the replica louis vuitton time she arrived at Vuitton, she had curated more than 420 exhibitions, including an early Cy Twombly show (1976) and the first public show of Annette Messager (1974).
At Vuitton, she had the chance fake louis bag to build up an entirely new collection to be fake designer bags shown publicly, and to deliver a whole new building, although Arnault has not furnished her with untold cash or much in the way of staff. “At the Muse d’Art Moderne I had 13 curators; now I have three.”She shrugs. “It’s a little small, to do exhibitions and catalogues and acquisitions, but.”She shrugs again and smiles.
Pag gets up early and rarely bothers with the art world’s late night razzmatazz. “I travel a lot, but make my trips as short as possible. I go to the art fairs at a fair like Art Basel, you can see some incredible things, but the cocktails? The dinners?”Her hands fly up into the air. “I avoid them to the maximum!”
She tells me that she does her shopping on Saturday morning, “like any normal woman”, then adds that it’s in the aaa replica designer handbags kitchen cupboards by 9am. There’s a little time with her family (she has a son), then she’s off to the galleries around town. “I like to go between 11am and 2pm, when everyone else is still in bed or having breakfast,” she says.
She has always been driven fake designer bags , from the early days growing up in Brittany, when her doctor father encouraged her to study the classics, to her postgraduate education in history of art at the Ecole du Louvre, where she was a star student. Brittany, she says, is a special place where the “landscape is the sea. It makes you romantic; it gives you big aspirations.”Although she specialised in 16th and 17th century French and Spanish artists, she went into contemporary art because of the opportunities men thought it was beneath them back then.
The new exhibition promises work that she hopes will create a frisson among its audience. “Art is not an academic language you can reduce to words,” she says. “It’s something you feel in your body; it’s a vibration.”
Among the pieces from the 29 artists she has selected for the show are a huge explosion of bronze, made by Matthew Barney in 2015, by dropping molten metal into water; a denatured blue sponge sculpture by Yves Klein from 1957; a mesmerising portrait shaped film of the sky by Trisha Donnelly (2014); a glass ball by James Lee Byars from 1989 that invites endless contemplation; and a lyrical Mark Bradford painting of falling rain (2014).
“I’ve replica designer handbags never met anyone who wasn’t changed by the experience of good art,”declares Pag. It is her mission to deliver those experiences, time and again.