The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contem- porain was conceived as a laboratory. Founded in 1984, it quickly established its reputation as a pioneer in its eld. Based on a long-term engage- ment, its program not only brings important new artists to public attention, it also supports them throughout their careers.
Included in this epithet are the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, the Musée National de la Céramique and the Musée National de la Porcelaine Adrien-Dubouché in Limoges. No need to go so far, a short journey along the Seine on the T2 suf ces to discover historic pieces, old models or contempo- rary creations by designers Ettore Sottsass, Pierre Soulages, Christian Biecher and many others in a real contemporary route.
The Antoine de Galbert foundation opens its doors to a raw decor by Jean-Yves Clément in keeping with the industrial area surrounding the port de l’Arsenal. A former factory, the Maison Rouge has transformed its 2,500 sqm into a temporary exhibition space. The café, specialist bookshop and conference room make it an address to watch out for 12 years.
The Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, designed by the architect J-F Bodin is, with its 23,000 sqm, the biggest centre of architecture in the world. The museum presents life-size mouldings from a selection of major roman and gothic French monuments and an overview of modern and contemporary architecture.
Directed by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the Centquatre-Paris provides space for residencies, production and performance for artists and audiences from all corners of the globe. The Centquatre-Paris encompasses all forms of art: theatre, dance, music, cinema, video and also culinary, digital and urban art.
Opened in October 2013 the 116 is not only a contemporary art centre for Montreuil, but above all a place where the huge cultural melting pot that is the town’s artistic community – over 1,000 artists from various disciplines and origins – can give free rein to their creativity. Three exhibitions a year are housed in its 200 sqm space, that combines both historic and contemporary features in a project designed by the architects Bernard Desmoulin and Christian Dagand.