Fondation Cartier

Nestled between Montparnasse Cemetery, the Paris Observatory and the Aiglon Hotel, the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain is in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, close by Place Denfert-Rochereau.

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Founded in 1984 and established in Paris since 1994, the Fondation Jacques Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain organises exhibitions with the aim of developing contemporary art and making it more widely known.

An example for patronage in France

Located in the same street as the Aiglon Hotel, the Fondation Cartier was set up in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, the former President of Cartier International, and is today managed by Hervé Chandès. The building designed by the architect Jean Nouvel provides an exhibition setting that is unique and filled with natural light. The Fondation Cartier aims above all to be a creative space for artists, but also a point of contact between the general public and art. It highlights French and international artists through thematic exhibitions of artists from every horizon and of all nationalities.


With an eclectic aim, the Foundation shows its commitment to art by exhibiting contemporary creation in the fields of design, fashion, photography, the performing arts, painting and video. Cartier is seen as a pioneer of patronage in France. 

A launch pad for contemporary art

The 1 200 m2 of transparent space signifies the openness of the Foundation to art in all its forms. Its commitment in the field of art can also be measured by the commissions made to artists, who can work on a piece, on a series of works or a whole exhibition. As a launch pad, the Fondation Cartier has given many unknown artists the chance to exhibit their work for the first time and to acquire international recognition.


By supporting the production of works and exhibitions, from concept to realisation, the Foundation allows artists to work on a large scale and to fulfil their dreams. Since 1984, the policy of commissions has allowed such artists as Marc Couturier, Jean-Michel Othoniel, David Lynch, Tatsuo Miyajima, Sarah Sze, William Eggleston or Tadanori Yokoo to work on and exhibit their art at the Fondation Cartier.

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