Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Celebrates 30 Years

July 9, 2014 | By French Culture
Cai Guo-Qiang, The Earth Has a Black Hole, Too, 1993, poudre à canon sur papier, 304 x 406 cm, collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (acq. 1997)

This year the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a series of exhibitions, performances and digital projects, beginning with Vivid Memories, a five month long rotating exhibition looking back across the history of the institution.

Founded in 1984, by the storied jewelry firm Cartier, the Fondation was established to help support contemporary art both by supporting artists through residencies and commissions and "raising public awareness of contemporary art" through exhibitions and performance programs. In 1994 the Fondation moved to its current Jean Nouvel-designed building, on Boulevard Raspail in Paris. During the Fondation's thirty years it has used its extensive resources to fund large scale projects by artists like James Lee Byars, Panamarenko, Raymond Hains and Ron Mueck. Musicians like Patti Smith and filmmakers like David Lynch and Agnes Varda have also exhibited and performed there. Vivid Memories will include the work of all these artists and many more in an attempt to evoke this unusual institutions particular contribution to contemporary art. Beginning in October 2014 the anniversary celebrations will continue with an exhibition by architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio who will take over the entire Nouvel building with a single project.


For more information on the exhibitions, including program schedules, go to the Fondation's site here:

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