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Thirty Years for Contemporary Art: Box Set


75 €

In 2014, for its thirtieth anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain published a box set of two lavishly illustrated books recounting its history through its most significant values: boldness, avid curiosity, and commitment to the artists.
The first volume reflects the unique character of this place of creation and encounters, which was the first to support artists and offer a program open to all fields of contemporary thinking. Featuring interviews with the major figures of the Fondation Cartier’s history, this book traces back thirty years of exhibitions and outstanding events. It also highlights the many facets of the glass and steel building on Boulevard Raspail, ever changing with time, with the seasons and in relation to the exhibitions it houses. This incredibly flexible space is an eternal source of inspiration for the artists whom it welcomes.
The second volume relays the voices of important figures who are close to the Fondation Cartier—artists, advisors, art critics, friends— and who have shaped the history of the institution. Bringing together 2,000 archival images, amongst which many unpublished photographs and rare documents (sketches of exhibition set design, personal archives of artists), this book offers a chronological journey throughout the exhibitions, performances, and main events that took place since the creation of the Fondation Cartier in 1984.

Editor Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Languages French and English versions

Volumes 1 and 2 gathered in a box set, 23 × 30 × 7 cm

ISBN 978-2-86925-114-4
Release October 2014

Alain Dominique Perrin

Marie-Claude Beaud

Jean de Loisy

Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux and then ranked first in the entrance examination of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966, graduating in 1972. Assistant to the architect Claude Parent and inspired by urbanist and essayist Paul Virilio, he started his first architecture practice in 1970. Jean Nouvel is the architect of many buildings around the world, including the Institut du Monde Arabe, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, and Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris; the Torre Glòries in Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; One Central Park in Sydney; Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, United States; the Danish Radio Concert House in Copenhagen; and the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.


Hervé Chandès

Bruce Albert

French anthropologist Bruce Albert is honorary research director at IRD, the French Research Institute for Development in Marseille, and a fervent defender of the Yanomami people of Brazil, with whom he has been working and visiting since 1975. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on Yanomami ethnography, the situation of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon, and the ethics of anthropological research, including The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013) and Yanomami, l’esprit de la forêt (Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2022), both with Davi Kopenawa.


Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Michel Cassé

Fei Dawei

Régis Durand

Ticio Escobar

André Magnin

Robert Storr

Peter Sloterdijk was rector and professor of philosophy and media theory at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design from 1992 to 2015. He was director of the Institute for Cultural Philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1989 to 2008. Exploding the confines of academic philosophy, his approach relies on constant contact with the real world, opened to all areas, from contemporary art


Cédric Villani