Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
The Jean Nouvel-designed Fondation Cartier is a corporate funded centre for contemporary art, and an exhibition space for established artists as well as a platform for young talent.
Typical of Jean Nouvel, the building is provocatively beautiful, standing out from the surrounding structures. At six storeys, it gives 12,000 feet of space and light, encased in a framework of glass and steel. An almost unfinished feel is left, its edges hazy against the busy Parisian setting.
Embracing all creative sub-genres of contemporary art, from design and photography to painting, video, and performance art, the Fondation Cartier is clearly committed to promoting the eclectic, distinguished by the curiosity and originality of its exhibitions and performances.
Strolling through its airy space, expect to encounter all styles of art from the 20th century onwards. A lively events programme mixes art and performance with the city’s social scene to great effect – you’re as likely to be rubbing shoulders with creatives and fashionistas as teenagers and families.
When the weather permits, the museum opens an outdoor café in the lush Theatrum Botanicum Garden. Offering light fare and drinks, the garden café is especially pleasant in the evenings of the summer months, when the museum offers outdoor concerts.
The bookstore offers a wide collection of museum publications, and a vast selection of art books, pedagogic children’s tools, gifts, and souvenirs. Exhibited artists such as Patti Smith and David Lynch have chosen books and music to be sold here. And while you can see works with semi-precious stones commissioned by major artists in the museum, you will not find Cartier jewellery items for sell in the bookshop.
261 Boulevard Raspail
+33 (0) 1 42 18 56 50
Tuesday 11.00 – 22.00
Wednesday – Sunday 11.00 – 20.00
Metro: Raspail (M4, M6), Denfert-Rochereau (M4, M6)