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Issey Miyake Does Art for Fondation Cartier

The French art space is marking its 30th anniversary with a revolving exhibition.

ARTISTIC ALLIANCE: The Fondation Cartier is turning 30 this year and is celebrating the occasion with a revolving exhibition entitled “Vivid Memories.” Every two months between May 10 and Sept. 21, new works of art will make their debut.


For one, the Paris art space has given Issey Miyake carte blanche. The Japanese designer plans to “invoke night” in the foundation’s garden and ground floor via an atypical light installation based on the IN-EI lamps he developed in collaboration with Italian firm Artemide. The lamps are crafted by hand, employing the latest technology, and are an expression of traditional Japanese aesthetics of light and shadow.


Also participating are Marc Newson, who will display a version of his airplane, as well as Bodys Isek Kingelez and his model city. The exhibition will recount the stories behind James Lee Byars’ golden sphere and Ron Mueck’s “In Bed” sculpture, while David Lynch has pledged to design a special theater, screening films by various artists and taking visitors down memory lane depicting 30 years of contemporary art at the Fondation Cartier.

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