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Grand Palais to bridge the Gap

Modern and contemporary works from the Fisher collection to be shown in Paris next year

Lichtenstein’s Live Ammo [“Tzing”], 1962

Major Modern and contemporary works from the collection of Donald and Doris Fisher, the founders of the Gap clothing empire, will be shown in France next year at Paris’s Grand Palais (6 April-22 June 2015). The collection will be seen outside San Francisco for the first time since it was sent on a 100-year loan to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009.

The Fishers began collecting in the 1970s and amassed more than 1,100 works by 185 artists, dating from 1928 to the present day. The couple focused on artists including Alexander Calder, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol. The first major painting they acquired was Lichtenstein’s Nerts, 1978 (above, Live Ammo [“Tzing”], 1962, also in the collection).

Quality and depth

Donald Fisher, who died in 2009, joined the California museum’s board of trustees in 1983. He was a key contributor to the fundraising campaign for its Mario Botta-designed building, which opened in 1995.

Other works from the museum’s collection will also travel to France. “The exhibition will offer a preview of the quality and depth of our collection of post-war American art,” says a spokeswoman for the US institution.

The museum is currently closed for a $610m overhaul. The project includes a new 235,000 sq. ft section designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta, which is due to open in 2016. Three-quarters of the work in the expanded galleries will be drawn from the Fisher Collection; the rest will come from the museum’s permanent collection.

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