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FRANCE / Paris: FONDATION CARTIER : "Histoires de voir"

until Sunday October 21 2012

Fondation Cartier
261 boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
France

Contact Presse
Matthieu Simonnet
T : +33 (0)1 42 18 56 77
matthieu.simonnet@fondation.cartier.com
www.fondation.cartier.com

The exhibition "Histoires de voir, Show and Tell" presents the works and narratives of 40 painters, sculptors and filmmakers from around the world.

They are Brazilian, Indian, Congolese, as well as Haitian, Mexican, Danish, Japanese and American. They hail from the urban centers of Paris and Port-au-Prince, or the rural communities of the Amazon and Madya Pradesh. They emerged as artists and developed their talents in uncommon circumstances; they have often been considered as naïve artists and have rarely been invited to exhibit their works in contemporary art institutions.

From Another Angle
 "Show and Tell" arose from a desire to explore the meaning of the terms “naïve” “primitive” and “self-taught” art, to meet artists who pursue paths outside the norm of conventional visual codes, and to examine the relationships between contemporary art and folk art, artist and artisan.

This exhibition strives to free up the eye, to view from another angle, to give voice to artists and communities of artists who look upon the world with wonder. It is of and by women and men for whom art “has close ties with the hypersensitivity of the heart” and whose works are “living documents,” in the words of Alessandro Mendini, the Italian architect and designer who curated the exhibition.