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May 10 - Sep 21

Fondation Cartier, 261 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, , 75014, France
  • Ron Mueck

  • Moebius

  • Bodys Isek Kingelez, Alessandro Mendini and Peter Halley


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Fondation Cartier celebrates its 30 years with “Mémoires Vives” exhibition

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, the pioneer patron of the arts, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with “Mémoires Vives”, an exhibition that brings together the community of artists with which the Fondation Cartier has built a long-lasting relationship over the years. “Mémoires Vives”, which is held at its Jean Nouvel-designed building on Boulevard Raspail in Paris, reflects the diversity of the line-up of the Fondation Cartier, its curiosity and diverse thinking, as well as its unique manner of crossing the large number of artistic fields, from painting, design, photography, and film to folk art, video, sculpture, music or performance. Over the course of its 30-year engagement with artists, the Fondation Cartier has hosted over 100 exhibitions and commissioned more than 800 works, asserting its bold, free-spirited approach to art. Hervé Chandès, General Director of the Fondation Cartier, explains: “While it may be a compilation of artistic works, the Fondation Cartier’s collection is also a collection of exhibits and relations with artists. This is what forms its identity: collecting works, the authors of works, relations between the Fondation and the artists,between the works and the actual place. This is why the collection will be at the heart of the anniversary for the Fondation Cartier in 2014.”

Among the highlights of “Mémoires Vives” we can find “IN-EI”, a light installation specially created for the exhibition by Issey Miyake, “Kelvin 40”, a concept plane, standing between a sculpture and a design object, created by design pioneer Marc Newson for his solo show in 2004, as well as an exceptional collection of 259 drawings by David Lynch, created between 1970 and 2006, and drawn on a wide variety of media ranging from matchbooks to Post-it notes. On view there is also an impressive installation by Japanese film director Takeshi Kitano featuring animal toys converted into symbols of war, an amazing cardboard city by African artist Bodys Isek Kingelez, and three works by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck that pay homage to Moebius, who he met at the Fondation Cartier in 2005. Other artists include Dennis Oppenheim, Alessandro Mendini, Peter Halley, David Hammons, Mario Merz, Veio, Juana Marta Rodas, Julia Isidrez, Raymond Hains and Jean-Michel Alberola. Last, but not least, David Lynch conceived for the occasion an exceptionally large LED screen presenting an extensive selection of the Fondation Cartier’s collection of video archives, featuring creatives like Beatriz Milhazes, John Maeda, James Lee Byars or Raymond Depardon.

In celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will also release two richly illustrated publications, which will be gathered in a box set later in October. The first publication, to be released in May, features a selection of interviews with the major figures of the history of the Fondation Cartier and presents in images thirty years of exhibitions and exceptional events.