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Fondation Cartier and Triennale Milano: A Groundbreaking Cultural Partnership

Curated by Guillermo Kuitca
Opening 2020

Press release

triennale milano building, red with white arches and large yard

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Triennale Milano will present a program of exhibitions and live performances from April  2020 onward in the exhibition spaces of the Italian institution. The Fondation Cartier and Triennale Milano share a similar artistic vision based on a resolutely multidisciplinary, international program, open to all domains of creation, such as contemporary art, architecture, design, fashion, cinema and so on.


In 2007, the Fondation Cartier collaborated with Triennale Milano when they presented the exhibition David Lynch, The Air Is on Fire, in Milan, after its run in Paris in 2007. Their commitment to some of today’s major issues relating to the environment for example, recently gave rise to the presentation of the work known as The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, as part of the exhibition Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival for the XXII Triennale Milano.


The Fondation Cartier has had close ties to the contemporary Italian arts scene for a long time. Encounters with Alessandro Mendini, Enzo Mari, Andrea Branzi, Giuseppe Penone, and most recently Formafantasma, have resulted in some ambitious exhibitions allowing the Parisian and international public to discover the wealth of Italian creation. The Fondation’s collection contains numerous pieces by these remarkable artists.


It is within this same spirit of discovery that the Fondation Cartier and Triennale Milano have come together, in an unprecedented collaboration between European public and private institutions, to propose a shared program, as well as to establish new international cultural networks. Beginning next year and for a duration of 8 years, a 1,300 m2 exhibition space in Triennale Milano will house two to three exhibitions per year, conceived in close cooperation with both institutions and inspired by the Fondation Cartier’s Parisian program.


This collaboration will be inaugurated in April 2020 with the presentation of the Fondation Cartier collection, curated by Argentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca. It will continue in fall 2020 with the exhibition Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle, devoted to the remarkable work of this Brazilian artist. Since the 1970s, she has dedicated her life to photographing and defending the rights of the Yanomami Indians in Brazil.


The partnership between the Fondation Cartier and Triennale Milano sets an exciting new precedent, showing how cultural institutions can collaborate and expand contemporary artistic conversations at a global scale.

Artists in this Exhibition