Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
Paris

Fondation Cartier

Venue Display
Fondation Cartier
261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
France
Venue Type: Alternative Space

Neighborhood:
14th arrondissement



Fondation Cartier, Fondation Cartier
© Courtesy of Galinsky.com
> CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
October 25th - February 22nd, 2015 Musings on a Glass Box
Charles Renfro, Ricardo Scofidio
 
October 25th - February 22nd, 2015 Les Habitants
Francis Bacon, Vija Celmins, Guillermo Kuitca, David Lynch, Artavazd Pelechian, Patti Smith
 
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://fondation.cartier.com/
EMAIL:  
Grazia.Quaroni@fondation.cartier.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 9 pm / open Tuesday evenings until 10pm
PHONE:  
+33 (0)1.42.18.56.50
FAX:  
+33 (0)1.42.18.56.52
COST:  
Call for Tickets/Rates / Free admission under 18 Wed 2-6pm
[large map]
DESCRIPTION

In 1994, after ten years spent in Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles, the Fondation Cartier moved into the airy glass and steel building  in central Paris designed especially by Jean Nouvel, who is also the creator of the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Musée du Quai Branly.
Famous in France and internationally for his unique way of dematerializing architecture, his challenge for Cartier was to harmoniously bring together 12,000 square feet of exhibition space and six storeys of offices on the boulevard Raspail.

Outside, he designed a glass curtain wall running parallel with the boulevard Raspail and screening off the Lebanese cedar tree planted by Chateaubriand in 1823. The tree was placed in a gigantic flowerpot clad with multi-coloured mosaics made by the talented and offbeat designer Alessandro Mendini.
Above the entrance is a `plant wall´ commissioned in 1998 from Patrick Blanc, a specialist in tropical botany who invented this unusual concept.
The main body of the building is set back from the boulevard and the façades on each side extend outward, seamlessly merging the garden with the building itself. Acting in turn as windows and mirrors, the glass walls offer glimpses of the works on show and reflect the clouds and the cityscape. A veritable `hall of mirrors´, the building constantly changes as the day or night progresses.

Inside, Jean Nouvel has invented a flexible modular space that encourages artists to make the architecture their own, modifying it and inhabiting it for the duration of their exhibitions. Each project provides an opportunity to reinvent the space.
The ground floor, with its 26-foot ceiling, opens onto the garden and can be darkened for film screenings and video installations. Its huge plate-glass windows can slide out of sight, transforming the building into a huge structure on stilts.

Access
Métro: lines 4 et 6, stations Raspail ou Denfert-Rochereau
Bus: 38, 68
RER: Denfert-Rochereau
Parking: Disabled parking available at 2, rue Victor Schoelcher


Copyright © 2006-2013 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.