To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents two exceptional projects. From October 25, 2014 to February 22, 2015, the New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro playfully inhabit Jean Nouvel’s iconic building and the Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca takes hold of a piece by David Lynch and uses it as a starting point for a dialog with the American filmmaker and artist.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro use the visually rich backdrop of Nouvel’s transparent galleries to create a new sonic environment using “dumb” and “smart” materials and systems. Guillermo Kuitca reinterprets the strange living room created by David Lynch for The Air is on Fire, his 2007 exhibition at the Fondation Cartier. The Argentine artist explores David Lynch’s imagination and invents a new geographical and mental space, both lyrical and unsettling.
These two installations, dialogs between architects and between artists, transform the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in extraordinary ways, drawing the visitor into distinct and unique sensory experiences.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro have been acclaimed for the New York High Line (opened in 2009) and the Blur Building, the 2002 architectural installation of water vapor on Lake Neuchâtel. They are currently developing a number of iconic projects: The Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro, The Broad museum in Los Angeles, and The MoMA extension in New York. Among their regular appearances at the Fondation Cartier since 1992, they notably collaborated with philosopher Paul Virilio in 2008 for the Native Land, Stop Eject exhibition. The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain organized a solo exhibition for Guillermo Kuitca in 2000 and its Collection comprises several works by the Argentine painter, who has been developing a first rank pictorial practice since the 1980s. In 2007, the Fondation Cartier dedicated a major exhibition to David Lynch’s work. He was a primary contributor to the 2011 exhibition Mathematics, A Beautiful Elsewhere.