On October 20, 1984, in Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, Cartier inaugurated the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, a pioneering gesture in support of living art. Ten years later, in May 1994, the Fondation Cartier moved to Paris, into the architecture of glass and steel that had been created for it by Jean Nouvel.
Thirty years later, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain remains true to the values on which it has based its action and which affirm its identity. It promotes discovery, by revealing young artists to the public or by unveiling the secret side of world-renowned artists. It promotes creation through the commissioning and production of works. By opening up to the most diverse realms of creation and knowledge, it stimulates curiosity and discovery through its exhibitions.
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For one year, from May 2014 to March 2015, the Fondation Cartier invites you to share in its celebration of thirty years of free and generous patronage, based on unique commitment, lived experiences, and continuous dialog with artists from around the world. The exhibition Vivid Memories (May 10 › September 21, 2014), accompanied by concerts and events, presents some of the most emblematic works of the Fondation Cartier collection, all related to its history. Works to discover and rediscover. For five months, the exhibition Vivid Memories will be constantly transformed, making it possible to see a significant part of the Fondation Cartier collection: thirty years of creation and freedom.
For this anniversary year, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is developing an ad hoc digital system that can be accessed from its website on all types of devices.
Through a number of exclusive accounts, the system will reveal – and provide a way to internationally share – the Fondation Cartier’s thirty years of contemporary art, centering on the various events that will be held in the Jean Nouvel building and the exterior spaces. An online program of artists’ projects that were specifically designed for the Internet will also be exclusively available to visitors of the website.
Every day from May to September 2014, the Fondation Cartier will post an exclusive photograph by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, sent from Tokyo.
For the exhibition Vivid Memories – the first event of its anniversary year – the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain pursues its event program in performing arts and philosophy, which began in 1994 with the Nomadic Nights and in 2011 with the Nights of Uncertainty.
From May to September 2014, the Fondation Cartier will hold regular meetings by day and by night with artists, scientists and philosophers. Faithful to the Fondation Cartier throughout the years, these collaborators will be back for unexpected encounters, engaging with the public in the exhibition spaces and in the garden of the Fondation Cartier.
On the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will release two richly illustrated publications, which will then be gathered in a box set in October. These publications present the history of the institution through its main watchwords: daring, curiosity and commitment to artists.
The first publication, to be released in May, attests to the uniqueness of this exhibition space. Featuring interviews with the major figures of the history of the Fondation Cartier, it presents in images thirty years of exhibitions and exceptional events. This publication also invites the reader to discover the glass and steel building designed by Jean Nouvel and its evolution over time, changes of season and through the exhibitions it welcomes, revealing its extraordinary adaptability, which is a source of inspiration for artists.
Upon the suggestion of David Lynch, the small space of the ground floor of the Fondation Cartier is where Chinese Red, French Blue and Dreams is located, a large LED screen - unique in Europe - whose technology allows, for the first time, to show films in the light of day, also playing with the transparency of Jean Nouvel’s building.
Painted in red and blue lacquer by David Lynch, the video wall continuously broadcasts movies, slide shows and videos of artists from the Fondation Cartier collection as well as archival footage recalling the memory of being a patron of contemporary art for 30 years.
For the exhibition Vivid Memories, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is continuing its program of workshops and guided tours specially geared to young visitors.
From May to September, 2014, the Fondation Cartier will offer creative workshops on various works in the collection, family-oriented circuits and garden tours to discover the abundant wildlife that lives around the Jean Nouvel building.
Through these family circuits, children and their parents may participate together in a fun discovery of the Mémoires Vives exhibition with a cultural interpreter. After having discovered the exhibition circuit in detail, families may enjoy self-guided time at their own pace.
After an introduction to the exhibition by a cultural interpreter, children participate in an original, fun workshop led by an artistic coordinator. These are special moments with the exhibition’s works that give children the opportunity to discover and try their hand at various artistic techniques.
The Fondation Cartier offers children guided tours of the garden led by a young researcher of the National Natural History Museum of Paris. Children will enjoy strolling through this timeless garden in the heart of Paris to discover the abundant wildlife that lives around the Jean Nouvel building.
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Source: Fondation Cartier