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Some of MoMA New York's most famous artworks are heading to Paris

European art lovers will have a chance to see some of the most well-known works from the Museum of Modern Art a bit closer to home, as about 200 pieces from the famed New York art gallery go on display in Paris for autumn and winter.

Bruce Nauman. Human/Need/Desire. 1983. Neon tubing and wire with glass tubing suspension frames 7 ft. 10⅜ in. × 70½ in. × 25¾ in. (239.8 × 179 × 65.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Emily and Jerry Spiegel, 1991. Image by © Adagp, Paris 2017

Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private cultural institute, will present an exhibition of some of MoMA’s most famous – and some lesser known – artworks in its incredible Frank Gehry-designed building. The exhibition, entitled Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, will run from 11 October until 5 March 2018.

France, Île-de-France, Paris . Louis Vuitton Foundation at Bois de Boulogne.
Fondation Louis Vuitton is hosting an exhibition of artwork from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Image by Atlantide Phototravel/Getty Images

This marks a new opportunity for people in Paris to see famous artworks like Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory without undergoing a transatlantic trip. The history of modern art, from American abstraction, to pop art, minimalism and the most contemporary works will be on display.

Yayoi Kusama. Accumulation No.1. 1962. Sewn stuffed fabric, paint, and chair fringe, 37 × 39 × 43 in. (94 × 99.1 × 109.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. J. Hall (by exchange), 2012. Image by © 2017 Yayoi Kusama

Roughly 200 works will be on view in the Fondation Louis Vuitton building – which in itself is a work of art, located in the Bois de Boulogne park in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. According to the museums, the exhibition “highlights the pivotal role that MoMA, its curators and its exhibition program have played in the history of art in the 20th and 21st Centuries.”

Roy Lichtenstein. Drowning Girl. 1963. Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas 67⅝× 66¾ in. (171.6 × 169.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright, 1971. Image by © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York. Adagp, Paris 2017

Among the artists featured will be Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Yayoi Kusama, and more. There will also be a selection of rarely shown materials from MoMA’s archives that retrace the history of the museum.