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And it was Jean Nouvel who had the challenge of combining over 1,100 metres squared of exhibition space and six storeys of offices, which lead to the design incorporating modern techniques along with lots of glass and steel for transparency, so that any of the exhibitions would modify the building, in turn provoking more interest and intrigue from people passing by.

The light can therefore make the exhibitions change, so for the By Night exhibition the building looked black, whereas for the Etre Nature exhibition it looked transparent, and therefore, the Fondation Cartier building seems to change with the different exhibitions it conducts.  Plus the enclosed garden is screened from the Boulevard Raspail road by a wall of glass for even more added effect.

About the Fondation Cartier Contemporary Art Museum

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain has always been about discovering new talents and showcasing work from living artists and often those that are young or virtually unknown, and it has helped many people gain worldwide recognition for their works of art.

Also with a concept of showcasing diverse forms of contemporary art from many different mediums, whether it be sculptures, paintings, photography, video art, etc, the Cartier Foundation also commissions artists.  This in turn supports them by sponsoring a piece of work or a complete series of works, but they then also help the up and coming artist from the conception to the execution, and to bring the project to fruition.

And since the move to the new building, more and more diverse exhibitions have been presented along with a very varied amount of different art forms from all over the world, along with organising family visits and childrens activity workshops with the concept of getting the younger generation interested in art from a completely different perspective.

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain also hosts the Nomadic Nights, which bring together the performing arts where artists can explore the links between visual art and other forms of contemporary artistic expression.  And this is where artists can take over exhibition spaces and the garden for an evening, whether it be for screenings, lectures, concerts and performances, that just enhances the whole concept of this contemporary are museum.

Access to the Fondation Cartier Museum in Paris

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain is open on a Tuesday from 11am through to 10pm and on a Wednesday to a Sunday it opens from 11am through to 8pm, however the contemporary art museum is closed on a Monday and certain national French holidays such as 25th December and 1st Jaunary.

As of 2013, the cost of entry is €9.50, with a reduced rate of €6.50 for students under the age of 25 and senior citizens.  But we would like to point out that there is also free admission to children under the age of 10 except for Nomadic nights, and for people under the age of 18 on a Wednesday from 2pm through to 6pm.

The Nomadic Nights are the same costs as above, although children still have to pay the reduced rate and reservation is essential by telephoning
+33 (0) 1 42 18 56 72.

However, the childrens workshops are a cost of €9 as of 2013 and these run on a Wedensday and Saturday at 3pm, but these do have to be booked well in advance by telephoning +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 67.

And located in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris within easy walking distance of the Montparnasse Cemetery, the nearest Metro stations being the Raspail and the Denfert-Rochereau stations, on lines 4 and 6, plus the Denert-Rochereau stop is also an RER train station, however if you are travelling by bus, then you would need either number 38 or 68.

Address and Contact Details

Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail
Ile de France

General Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 50
Fax: +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 52

Nomadic Nights Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 72
Childrens Workshops Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 18 56 67

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Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain Museum in Paris

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemorain is often just known as the Fondation Cartier, and it is a contemporary art museum in Paris for sculpture, painting, photography, video art and more from living artists, which is located in a modern glass building.

A bit of history..

The Fondation Cartier was initially formed in 1984 by the President of Cartier International, Alain Dominique Perrin upon discussions with the artist Cesar, and was first located just outside Paris near to Chateau Versailles.

Yet in 1994, with a full name of Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, this contemporary art museum moved to the 14th Arrondissement into a building that was specially designed for the purpose by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel, who also created the buildings for the Institut du Monde Arabe and another museum in Paris called the Musee du Quai Branly.
Fondation Cartier pour l Art Contemporain
Fondation Cartier Building
Fondation Cartier Museum Facade
Fondation Cartier Design
Fondation Cartier Building