Collector and patron of art and founder of the Fondation Louis Vuitton
Being the eighth richest man on the planet (according to Forbes) isn’t everything, but it was probably decisive in having the Shchukin Collection – masterpieces rarely seen outside Moscow – travel from Russia to Arnault’s Paris-based Fondation Louis Vuitton. The exhibition, with a historical range from Van Gogh to Picasso, closed in February having received 1.2 million visitors, an all-time record for attendance of an art show in France. Nor are numbers likely to drop significantly this autumn, when the Fondation receives a selection of 200 works from the MoMA collection, the largest loan ever made by the New York institution. The Fondation also operates smaller gallery spaces, with a more contemporary edge, across the globe, which this year staged shows by the likes of Pierre Huyghe (Venice), Ian Cheng (Munich), Yang Fudong (Tokyo) and Gerhard Richter (in the newly opened Beijing gallery).