Bernard Arnault

Collector and patron of art and creator of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

The French billionaire and CEO of the LVMH group has received much attention this year. Not just because he’s the richest man in France or because Kanye West named him as an inspiration (‘One of my absolute favourites’). But also – less glamorously – because he was accused of censorship by the union of the daily Le Parisien (which he acquired last year), after it noted that one of this year’s French blockbuster documentaries Merci Patron! – an acidic critique of Arnault and the LVMH group – didn’t get a mention anywhere in the paper. Luckily, Daniel Buren’s makeover of the Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris shifted the focus from his role as patron to his role as patron. This October the foundation is showing the Shchukin Collection, presented for the first time in nearly 100 years outside of Russia, while the foundation’s spaces in Munich, Venice, Beijing and Tokyo have shown works from its own collection by artists such as Tacita Dean and Pierre Huyghe.