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The Art of giving


6 July 2016

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris



'The Art of Giving' Love Ball

‘The Art of Giving’ Love Ball was held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton on 6th July 2016 under the patronage and in the presence of Mr Bernard Arnault in support of the Naked Heart Foundation.

Naked Heart Foundation’s signature charity Gala raised €3,886,000 to fund the organisation's programmes of supporting families with children with special needs and building accessible play parks and playgrounds for children of all ages and abilities around Russia. 

The fifth, jubilee edition of the Love Ball, which surprises the Naked Heart Foundation supporters with a new theme every time, was this year inspired by the achievements of a decade’s work of the charity and the generosity of its long-standing supporters and was titled ‘The Art of Giving’.

The venue, a spectacular architectural masterpiece that is home to the Fondation Louis Vuitton collection was completely closed to the public for the night in order to welcome the select group of guests of Natalia Vodianova and the Naked Heart Foundation. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the building falls in line with the LVMH group’s efforts to promote art and culture over the last 20 years.

The Naked Heart Foundation is honoured that the patron of the event, Mr Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH / Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, could be present. Other ‘The Art of Giving’ Love Ball guests included Kanye West, Mario Testino, Antoine Arnault, Marc Jacobs, Paris Hilton, Isha Abmani, Milla Jovovich, Suzy Menkes, Tim Blanks, Imran Amed, Mariacarla Boscono, Gaia Repossi, Sasha Luss, Riccardo Tisci, Ulyana Sergeenko, Derek Blasberg, Caroline Scheufele, Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl, Miroslava Duma, Olga Lomaka, Milana Koroleva, Coco Brandolini, Kamel Mennour and Isaac Julien.

During the evening, the guests witnessed a unique multimedia performance created especially for the Love Ball that blurs the lines between the classical art of ballet and media art. Find out more about performance here.

The dinner was followed by a live auction of the finest works of contemporary art. Learn more about the auction and the lots here.

For more information please download full press release here.




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8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116

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6th of July 2016



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What is the Art of Giving?



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In 2006, at the behest of Bernard Arnault, the LVMH group created the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, it falls in line with the Groups’ efforts to promote art and culture over the last 20 years. A private cultural initiative, the Fondation Louis Vuitton's aim is to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience. To learn more about Fondation Vouis Vuitton please go here.


The dinner was followed by a live auction of the finest works of contemporary art. The auction catalogue was curated by Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to the Chairman Mr Bernard Arnault, with the help of the Naked Heart Foundation's own specialist and trustee, Sandra Nedvetskaia. Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby's Europe was the auctioneer for the night. 

The 15 unique lots included a selection of works by outstanding international contemporary artists – both established and young ones – including Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Enli (courtesy of Adrian Cheng), Taryn Simon (courtesy Almine Rech Gallery), Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Buren, Bernar Venet (courtesy of Blain Southern), Yan Pei-Ming, Isaac Julien, Chiharu Shiota (courtesy of Blain Southern), Isaac Julien, Robert Longo and Sterling Ruby (courtesy of Gagosian gallery).

 Among the auction highlights there was a “Vertical painting” by the long-term friends and supporters of the Naked Heart Foundation – Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, a unique opportunity to visit the LA studio of Frank Gehry, the world-renowned architect, as well as his ‘Fish Lamps’ artwork, a commission portrait by globally recognised art ‘rock star’ Takashi Murakami (Courtesy of Perrotin Gallery) and the Shchukin experience at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The artists and galleries have been very generous in their support of the Naked Heart Foundation and its mission.

Download Auction catalogue here.

For any enquiries on the auction artworks, please contact: Sandra Nedvetskaia s.nedvetskaia@gmail.com / +41 79 126 1008

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Naked Heart Foundation

Naked Heart Foundation is an international charity founded in 2004 by Natalia Vodianova, supermodel and philanthropist.

Its mission is to help build an inclusive society that is open to people with disabilities and special needs, through play and the creation of free support services for disadvantaged families.

Through its humanitarian work and Every Child Deserves a Family programme, the charity provides support to families raising children with special needs.

Through the Play with Purpose programme, Naked Heart Foundation creates safe, inspiring and inclusive children’s play parks across Russia. To date over 150 play facilities have been built in more than 100 towns across Russia and internationally. Natalia is deeply involved in the charity’s work and plays a very active role in its activities.

To learn more about the Foundation's work please visit nakedheart.org.


During the evening, the guests witnessed a unique multimedia performance created especially for the Love Ball that blurs the lines between the classical art of ballet and media art. Bolshoi leading soloists Kristina Kretova and Andrei Merkuriev starred in the premier of the high-tech performance “Forest” staged and choreographed by the celebrated director Oleg Glushkov. The dancers’ costumes have been created by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko. The production, which was conceived by Laboratory ABC (laboratoryabc.com) and curated by Marina Glukhova, was a fairy-tale based on the interaction and interdependence between nature and man. In selecting such a high-tech medium for its narrative, the creators aimed to highlight the fragility of the natural world around us. The ballet's music supervisor is Peter Aidu, the multimedia projections are by Radugadesign and Mic Sachkov.

Multimedia ballet performance was provided by the Laboratory ABC – the leading Russian digital performance agency, uniting the best artists, producers and curators working on the edge of traditional media and new audio-visual technologies. For more information please visit www.laboratoryabc.com

In addition to this, the guests enjoyed an astonishing classical music act by two young prodigies Ivan and Daniel Bessonov. The evening ended with an unforgettable musical performance by Lykke Li. 

Past events

Learn more about amazing Love Ball events we held in the past to raise funds for the Naked Heart Foundation.

Thank you

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have helped to prepare ‘The Art of Giving’ Love Ball and to offer our special thanks to the following individuals:

Adrian Cheng, Alexey Bessonov, Alina Davey, Anastasia Potemkina, Andrei Merkuryev, Andrey Boyk, Anna Barsukova, Antoine Arnault, Arseniy Svetlov, Bernar Venet, Bernard Arnault, Chiharu Shiota, Christophe Degoumois, Cyrill Brule, Daniel Bessonov, Daniel Buren, Denis Matsuev and “New Names” charitable foundation, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Elena Dimitrenko, Emily Michel-Odier, Francois Chateau, Frank Gehry, German Larkin, Gordon Weiss, Huang Yong Ping, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Inga Rubenstein, Irina Safronova, Isaac Julien, Isabella Capece-Galeota, Ivan Bessonov, Jamey Hargreaves, Jean-Paul Claverie, Kristina Kretova, Laura Sordi, Lucy Yeomans, Lykke Li, Marina Gluhova, Maryam Kalo, Mic Sachkov (4S4R), Olafur Eliasson, Oleg Glushkov, Oliver Barker, Peter Aidu, Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Robert Longo, Samantha Woodland, Sandra Nedvetskaia, Sterling Ruby, Takashi Murakami, Taryn Simon, Timofey Kolesnikov, Timon Afinsky, Ulyana Sergeenko,Victor Boyko, Yan Pei-Ming, Zhang Enli

And companies:

1 Oak, Audi, Bombardier, Dentons, Dior, Fondation Louis Vuitton office, Françoise Dumas, Anne Roustang Associés, Guerlain, JSC «Diamond World», Karla Otto, Laboratory ABC, Le Meurice, Marcadé Event, Moet & Hennesy, Radugadesign, Sotheby’s, Urban Fauna