Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Box Set



For its 30th anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has published a box set of two lavishly illustrated books recounting its history through its most significant values: boldness, avid curiosity, and commitment to the artists.

The first volume reflects the unique character of this place of creation and encounters, which was the first to support artists and offer a program open to all fields of contemporary thinking. Featuring interviews with the major figures of the Fondation Cartier’s history, this book traces back 30 years of exhibitions and outstanding events. It also highlights the many facets of the glass and steel building on Boulevard Raspail, ever changing with time, with the seasons and in relation to the exhibitions it has housed. This incredibly flexible space is an eternal source of inspiration for the artists whom it welcomes.

The second volume relays the voices of important figures who are close to the Fondation Cartier—artists, advisors, art critics, and friends— and who have shaped the history of the institution. Bringing together 2,000 archival images, amongst which many unpublished photographs and rare documents (sketches of exhibition set design, personal archives of artists), this book offers a chronological journey throughout all of the exhibitions, performances, and main events that have taken place in the past 30 years. Gathered in a golden box set, these two volumes are books of reference on the Fondation Cartier and its history. They attest to the diversity of its program, to its interest in every field of creation and thinking, to its openness to the world, and to its unique way of bringing together a multiplicity of artistic fields.

Fondation Cartier
Thirty Years for Contemporary Art
Box Set
Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2014
Volumes 1 and 2 gathered in a box set
23 × 30 x 7 cm
English version and French version
Distribution: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
ISBN: 978-2-86925-114-4
Price: 75 euros


  • Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: BOX SET

  • Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Volume1

  • Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Volume1

  • Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Volume2

  • Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Volume 2

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