History and missions

30 years

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.

View of the exhibition Vivid Memories, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2014 . © César. Picture © Luc Boegly.

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.