About the exhibition
From April 25 to July 29, 2018, the Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will be presented in Shanghai, at the Power Station of Art (PSA), in an exhibition entitled Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, A Beautiful Elsewhere. Produced in close collaboration with the PSA, a major cultural institution in China, this exhibition allows the public to discover almost 100 emblematic artworks from the contemporary international arts scene.
The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain exhibits its Collection for the first time in China
Beginning on April 25, 2018, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai will exhibit a selection of 100 key works from the 1,500 artworks that make up the Collection of the Fondation Cartier. Born from an encounter between Hervé Chandès, General Director of the Fondation Cartier, Fei Dawei, art critic and exhibition curator, and Gong Yan, Director of the PSA, the exhibition Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, A Beautiful Elsewhere is an invitation to travel.
A journey around the world, and an exploration of the territories, literal and imaginative, presented by the Fondation Cartier through the ensemble of its Parisian and international exhibitions since its creation in France in 1984. A voyage to the heart of multidisciplinary artistic worlds: photography with Daido Moriyama and Raymond Depardon, painting with Chéri Samba, film with David Lynch and Takeshi Kitano, design with Marc Newson and Alessandro Mendini, and sculpture with Ron Mueck and Sarah Sze. The exhibition also presents artworks combining art and science with the installation by bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, and that by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, A Beautiful Elsewhere is also an opportunity for the Fondation Cartier to reinforce its desire to showcase emerging talents: for example, the Chinese artists, Gao Shan, Hu Liu and Li Yongbin have been invited by the Fondation Cartier to present their works alongside those of Cai Guo-Qiang and Huang Yong Ping—today, iconic Chinese artists on the international contemporary arts scene, and revealed by the Fondation Cartier in the 1990s to a European public.
With an exhibition layout designed by French scenographer Adrien Gardère, the exhibition also presents a number of pieces especially commissioned for the occasion by artists Jean-Michel Alberola and Christian Boltanski.
Draw me a Flag, 2018
Based on an idea by Christian Boltanski, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain has launched a project designed for the spectacular fifth-floor terrace of the museum. The installation consists of around eighty flags designed by artists, scientists, philosophers, and friends of the Fondation Cartier, who have contributed to its program over the years, and today from a strong community.
Agnès Varda, Alain Séchas, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Andrei Ujica, Angelika Markul, Anna Mariani, Artavazd Pelechian, Beatriz Milhazes, Bernard Piffaretti, Bernie Krause, Cai Guo-Qiang, Charwei Tsai, Chéri Samba, Christian Boltanski, Claude Caillol, Claudia Andujar, Clemente Juliuz, Daido Moriyama, Davi Kopenawa, David Lynch, Didier Marcel, Elodie Lesourd, Esteban Klassen, Fei Dawei, Franck Scurti, François Curlet, François-Bernard Mâche, Fredi Casco, Gao Shan, Gérard Garouste, Guillermo Kuitca, Hélène Delprat, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hu Liu, Hubert Duprat, Hugues Reip, Iran, Jean-Michel Alberola, Jean-Baptiste Bruant, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, John Maeda, Joseca Yanomani, JP Mika , Judith Bartolani, Leandro Erlich, Leslie Wayne, Li Yongbin, Macha Makeïeff, Marc Couturier, Marc Newson, Marcos Ortiz, Marie Darrieussecq, Michel Cassé, Michel Temman, Mœbius, Monique Frydman, Nobuyoshi Araki, Osvaldo Pitoe, Panamarenko, Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret, Rinko Kawauchi, Roland Lehoucq, Ron Arad, Sarah Sze, Tabaimo, Tadanori Yokoo, Tara , Thonik , Tim Hawkinson, Vija Celmins, Vincent Beaurin, Wang Bing, Yan Pei-Ming, Yang Jiechang and Yue Minjun.
Power Station of Art
Established on October 1, 2012, the Power Station of Art (PSA) is the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China. It is also home to the Shanghai Biennale.
Renovated from the former Nanshi Power Plant, PSA was once the Urban Future Pavilion during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The museum has not only witnessed the city’s vast changes from the industry age to the IT era, but also provided a rich source of inspirations for artists with its simple yet straightforward architectural styles.
And as Shanghai’s generator for its new urban culture, PSA regards non-stopping innovation and progress as the key to its long-term vitality. The museum has been striving to provide an open platform for the public to learn and appreciate contemporary art, break the barrier between life and art, and promote cooperation and knowledge generation between different schools of art and culture.
« It is easy to leave this exhibition, appropriately titled Freeing Architecture, feeling liberated from the shackles of architectural history, from the messiness of cities, and even from the laws of physics. It is a tranquilliser dart of pure poetry. »
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian