Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

Foundation - Pairs / France

Created in 1984


Initiated in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, President of Cartier International at the time, on a suggestion by the artist César, and directed by Hervé Chandès, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France. Since moving to Paris in 1994, the Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light that was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel.

At once a creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Each year, the Fondation Cartier organizes a program of exhibitions based on either individual artists or themes, and commissions work from artists, thus enriching an important collection. It also organizes the Nomadic Nights, a rendezvous that focuses on the performing arts, where artists explore links between the visual arts and other forms of contemporary artistic expression. Exhibitions and the collection itself are frequently sent to institutions abroad, enhancing the Fondation Cartier’s international profile. As a reflection of our times, the Fondation Cartier embraces all creative fields and genres of contemporary art, ranging from design to photography, from painting to video art and from fashion to performance art. 

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain Collection is made up today of nearly 1,500 works from a rich and multidisciplinary program. It is a testament to the relationships forged with more than 350 artists from all over the globe, and to the desire to open up to the world and today’s society.

Works from Malick Sidibé, Cheri Samba, JP Mika, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, J. D.'Okhai Ojeikere, Mamadou Cissé, Bodys Isek Kingelez, william Kentridge, Seydou Keïta, Moké are part of the permanent collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.  

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
261, Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris, France
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Opening hours
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm
Closed on Mondays
Late closing on Tuesday, at 10 pm

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