Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain – 30th Anniversary

When we talk about Cartier, we generally think of immense jewels, legendary craftsmanship, tradition, and distinct luxury.  In reality, the Cartier legacy stands for much more than that – the company is a fervent supporter of arts and culture.  Founder and president, Alain Dominique Perrin, decided very early on that Cartier must initiate an independent art creation – a formation that will feature a variety of fields of knowledge, culture and contemporary art.  His philosophy was clear and still upheld today – this newfound artistic platform needed to be completely autonomous from Cartier, and as such have no amalgamation of dealings or products.  In other words, there was to be no display of Cartier jewelry at the Foundation.


This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cartier’s support of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.  The incredible structure that hosts the foundation is an architectural feat of glass and steel that has been dreamt up by no other than Jean Nouvel himself.  It is a glistening and inevitably modern building, located right in between a string of traditional and conservative structures – on Paris’s Boulevard Raspail.


In its 30 years of existence, the Cartier Foundation has exhibited over 1000 artists, and countless record-breaking shows. Grazia Quaroni, a long time curator at the foundation, says they “seek to give a quality panoramic view of what happened in contemporary art in the last 30 years”.  To accomplish this mission, and support plentiful new talent, the foundation commissions unique works and builds long-term relationship with presenting artists.  “What we have done over the years is not only show the artists like other museums have done, we have gone further and pushed them to go further, in their exhibitions and our commissions”, explains Alain Dominique Perrin.


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