Carré d’Art-Nîmes Exhibition – MOVING

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3 May 2013

Carré d’Art-Nîmes Architecture Exhibition

MOVING. NORMAN FOSTER ON ART

Carré d’Art – Nîmes Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibition from May 3rd till September 15th 2013

Curators:
Norman Foster
Jean-Marc Prévost, Carré d’Art, Nîmes

Some 2000 years ago, a Roman architect designed what is one of the most inspired buildings left by Latin civilisation, in the heart of the forum. It was, and still is, dedicated to the Princes of Youth, to the grandson of the Emperor Augustus, that friend of Nîmes.

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Twenty years ago, Nîmes was given a new forum, designed by Norman Foster. A hub of culture, of exchange and creativity, a meeting place for the generations, Carré d’Art dialogues with the Maison Carrée in a dream of stone and glass made real. Today, the Musée d’Art Contemporain and the Bibliothèque-Médiathèque have claimed their natural place at the heart of our cultural life.

Carré d'Art Nimes Building
photo : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Here there is access to the work of mind and spirit. Here we meet the makers of intellectual life. We welcome them here for the sharing of knowledge and dreams.

Every day, young people study here.

Every day, people come to draw from the well of Knowledge, using the most sophisticated resources. The Musée d’Art Contemporain brings major art within reach of all, fostering that ongoing debate which is the very flux of passions and life.

Photos of the installation process:
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photos : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Norman Foster conceived the Carré d’Art as the geometrical heart of the contemporary city, the centre of gravity along the axis joining the amphitheatre and the future Musée de Romanité to the Tour Magne, via the Maison Carrée.

Carré d’Art plays a very particular role, along this timeline: it represents our present.

The finest tribute that could be paid to this work, part of our 20th-century heritage, comes spontaneously from those who have grown up with it. This “Carré d’Art generation” thinks of it as a monument, just like those architectural vestiges of the Roman period. This rare honour comes both from the heart and reason.

To Norman Foster we would like to express the gratitude and pride of the people of Nîmes.

On the occasion of this anniversary, he has graciously agreed to conceive an exhibition of emblematic artworks, the contents of his “imaginary museum,” as defined by André Malraux. Given carte blanche, he has offered us an outstandingly insightful and rich vision. In this city of builders, Carré d’Art attests to a determination to inscribe the genius of our age within the architectural history of the city. And to make room here for the works produced by our times. So that they may be offered to the Princes of Youth. To infinity.

Exhibition from 3 May to 15 September 2013

Photos of the installation process:
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photos : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Norman Foster Exhibition at Carré d’Art-Nîmes

To mark Carré d’Art’s 20th birthday, Norman Foster has been invited to curate an anniversary exhibition to open on May 2nd 2013. This is an exceptional show on two counts, both because this is the first time that Norman Foster is to curate an exhibition and because it is to be held in a building that he himself built just 20 years ago.

Carré d'Art Nimes
photo : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Norman Foster is a knowledgeable lover of Art and with his wife a great collector. The selection is mostly made up of works by the artists that he collects and with which he and his family live on a day-to-day basis.

It will include works by historic artists like Alberto Giacometti or Alexandre Calder up until some contemporary artists, some of them seldom shown in France. So as to enter into a real dialogue with the building, the idea is to include in the project, in addition to the usual exhibition galleries, spaces like the Carré d’Art entrance or the stairs.

Photos of the installation process:
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photos : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Some works are to be commissioned specially for this occasion. This is the case with a sound work by the American artist Bill Fontana, who has already exhibited at the London Tate Gallery and on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as well as a monumental installation by the Brazilian artist Nuno Ramos, or Olafur Eliasson.

This show will take us into the thinking of one of our greatest contemporary architects, who is inspired by the artistic offerings of Modern Art and also by the most emergent creative work. A few works selected from the Carré d’Art collection will be mixed in with the Norman Foster hanging, most notably with the presentation of all works by Gerhard Richter, or The Winter Journey by Juan Munoz.

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photos : Nigel Young, Foster & Partners

Norman Foster Architecture Exhibition information from Carré d’Art-Nîmes

Address: Carré d’Art–Musée d’art contemporain, Place de la Maison Carrée, 30000 Nîmes, France

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