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at Fondation Cartier
24 June - 30 Oct 2005

From June 24 to October 30, 2005, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain is pleased to present J'EN RÊVE, an exhibition bringing together the work of more than 100 artists in their twenties from around the world. Representing both the visual and performing arts, these young talents have been recommended by a group of internationally renowned artists close to the Fondation Cartier. Informal and festive in spirit, this exhibition promises to be a vital source for discovering exciting new works in all artistic disciplines.


Through J'EN RÊVE, the Fondation Cartier continuesits twentieth anniversary celebrations as it reconnects with the artists who have been a part of its history and looks ahead to those who may be a part of its future. Offering the public a fresh look at undiscovered talents, J'EN RÊVE intends to capture the energy and promise of youth, shedding light on the lifestyles and desires of a new generation. Coming from such diverse places as India, Argentina, Iran and Thailand, these young artists who are for the most part students or recent graduates will be presented with the unique opportunity to participate in an exhibition that could potentially be the launching pad for their careers.


The exhibition J'EN RÊVE is the result of a collaborative effort between the Fondation Cartier and the artists whom it has worked with over its twenty year history. In September 2004, the Director of the Foundation, Hervé Chandès, invited 100 internationally renowned artists to recommend one or more young talents for the exhibition. Each artist had his own way of meeting this challenge. Those who work frequently with young artists, such as the Brazilian sculptor ERNESTO NETO or the Argentinean painter GUILLERMO KUITCA, did not have to look far to locate potential participants. Nor did TAKASHI MURAKAMI, who twice each year invites young artists from all over Japan to present their work in Tokyo at an art fair called GEISAI. For others, the exhibition concept provided an opportunity to find creative solutions and uncover new work. The Congolese painter CHÉRI SAMBA, for example, transformed the search into a citywide event as hundreds of artists responded to the announcements he had posted throughout Kinshasa. While some artists wished to propose only one of their juniors, others chose to send in a plethora of portfolios and allow the curatorial staff to make the final selection.

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