By Fondation Cartier, 26 May 2005
Last fall the Fondation Cartier extended an invitation to the well-known artists with whom it has worked closely over the years, asking them to recommend one or more young talents of their choice for the J'en rêve exhibition. This request was met with an enthusiastic response that transcended artistic boundaries : photographers recommended sculptors, painters recommended video artists, performance artists recommended architects. Likewise, the Fondation Cartier's Nomadic Nights program will feature younger performers that have been recommended by their more established counterparts in the areas of dance, music, fashion, and film.
The established artists who invested themselves in the project are from different generations and backgrounds. Some, such as Jean-Michel Alberola or Christian Boltanski, are devoted art professors. Others spend much of their time discovering and nurturing young talent. Twice each year, Takashi Murakami organizes the Geisai festival, inviting hundreds of young artists to sell their work in a spontaneous and informal Japanese art fair. In Buenos Aires where he resides, Guillermo Kuitca organizes exhibitions and workshops with young artists. For the other important artists who have contributed to the project, such as Chéri Samba, Nan Goldin, Boris Michailov, Hiroshi Sugimoto or Ernesto Neto, this exhibition has provided them with the unique opportunity to present the work of their younger counterparts in a major institution. In addition to these names, other professionals in the performing arts have also made valuable contributions by sharing contacts and recommending talented young artists for the exhibition: Robyn Orlin, Alan Vega, Gaspard Yurkievich, Romeo Castellucci, Fred Frith, Rodolphe Berger or Emmanuelle Huynh.
The work selected shows the vitality, energy and promise of youth, shedding light on the lifestyles and desires of a new generation. How does an artist living in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Tokyo, or Moscow perceive the
world ? Informal and spontaneous in spirit, the exhibition J'en rêve provides a way of connecting those who have contributed to the history of the Fondation Cartier and those who will be a part of its future.
For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Linda Chenit at +33 (0)1 42 18 56 77
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