Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
12 Jul → 5 Jan 2020
From Tue to Sun 11 am to 8 pm. Nocturne Tue until 10 pm. Closed on Mon.
Organized since the beginning of the summer in June, the exhibition devoted to Trees has been a huge success and has prompted the Foundation to extend it until January 2020. That's good news. Climate and environmental issues are a legitimate concern for all of us. And so, the point of view of today's artists matters. Certainly artists of all times have been interested in this theme, for its religious, mythological, historical dimension or by the material itself. But the "We the Trees" exhibition gives voice to those who, through their aesthetic or scientific journey, have forged a strong and intimate link with trees and who highlight the beauty and biological richness of these great protagonists of the world who are now living in massive danger. Sensory abilities, communication skills, memory development, symbiosis with other species and climatic influence: the revelation of these faculties invites us to put forward the fascinating hypothesis of a "plant intelligence" that could provide answers to many current environmental challenges. In resonance with this "plant revolution", the exhibition crosses the reflections of artists and researchers, thus prolonging the exploration of ecological issues and man's relationship with nature. Bringing together drawings, paintings, photographs, films and installations by artists from Latin America, Europe, the United States, but also Iran, or indigenous communities such as the Nivaklé and Guaraní du Gran Chaco in Paraguay, as well as the Yanomami Indians who live in the heart of the Amazonian forest, the exhibition's journey, punctuated by several major groups of works, unfolds three narrative threads: that of the knowledge of trees - from botany to the new plant biology -; that of their aesthetics - from naturalistic contemplation to dreamlike transposition - and finally that of their devastation - from documentary observation to artistic testimony. The visitor thus moves from a feeling of anger to a contemplative look and vice versa. Mirror of our times, artists alert us as much as they amaze us.