Cartier Art Guest Lounge
designed by Jean Nouvel
6 / 9 December 2007
Art Basel Miami Beach
The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will, for the first
time this year, take part in the Art Basel Miami Beach fair and has invited
the architect Jean Nouvel to design its exhibit space.
The architect has
designed an entirely transparent area, echoing the building commissioned
by Cartier for its foundation in Paris.
The restrained and poetic style is reminiscent
of the building in its Parisian environment and exhibits the projects
presented over there using large-scale pictures. Short films, pictures,
and exhibition catalogues beckon the visitor to find out more about the
history of the Fondation Cartier.
Since 1984, Cartier has worked tirelessly
to promote contemporary art through the
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain,
which was created by Alain Dominique Perrin, its then chairman, and is
headed by Hervé Chandès. A pioneer in its field, Cartier
has been developing patronage for almost twenty-five years by commissioning
works of art, organizing exhibitions
and putting together a collection that now
contains more than 1000 works of art by over 300 international artists.
This passion for patronage is notably demonstrated by the commissions:
as the keystone at the heart of the concept of patronage, they represent
a total commitment to artistic creation, from the original conception
of a piece of work to its execution.
Architecture that does not interact with its
surroundings and which does not take into
account the elements that exist around it only
does half its job. In all my buildings, I try
to create a sense of “situational poetics”. The
Fondation Cartier edifice thus echoes the lines
of the boulevard and gives rise to ambiguity
as to the wall which may, or may not, belong
to a building. It draws attention to the cedar
tree, and brings the building itself, which is
much larger than any on the boulevard, down
to a suitable urban scale.