Contemporary Art

In 1984, with his friend the sculptor César, he created the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Initially based in Jouy-en-Josas (Yvelines), in 1994 the Foundation moved to the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Alain Dominique Perrin oversaw the construction of a new building by the architect Jean Nouvel, who created a translucent structure, a harmony of glass and steel. The Cartier Foundation, soon became an international reference in contemporary art, and was the first to mount thematic exhibitions around various aspects of our society: Ferrari, the 1980’s, speed, fashion. In 2009, an exhibition featured the birth and origins of Rock and Roll. 2008 was notably the year of the César anthology, imagined by Jean Nouvel and which attracted over 100,000 visitors.

The Cartier Foundation will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014.

On a personal level, Alain Dominique Perrin has been a lover of contemporary art since the 70’s. He owns a remarkable collection of iron pieces by César, dating back to the 50’s. His tastes also reflect new realism, Arte povera, American minimalism, free configuration, design and photography.
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