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.

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.

Then, from October 25, 2014 to February 22, 2015, the Fondation Cartier is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with two exceptionnal exhibitions :

Musings on a Glass Box
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
In collaboration with David Lang et Jody Elff

Les Habitant
An idea by Guillermo Kuitca
With Francis Bacon, Vija Celmins, Guillermo Kuitca, David Lynch, Artavazd Pelechian,
Patti Smith

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