The Cartier Foundation, which has been nestled in Paris’s 14th arrondissement for the last 30 years, has found a new home in a much bigger location – and it’s set to house the city’s newest art museum.
In 2025, the contemporary art centre will open a new branch in the iconic Louvre Saint-Honoré building. The new 16,000-square-metre space is 13 times bigger than the original site and sits amongst charmingly chic boutiques and cultural institutions – like the Louvre, no less.
The historic building dates back to 1852 – and Cartier’s move here will make it the largest private art centre in Paris.
Half of the space will be dedicated to exhibitions, allowing the foundation to exhibit its own collection of more than 2,500 works for the first time. The other half will be filled by a restaurant, a bookshop, an auditorium and offices, which will all be designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, the French architect who designed the glass structure on Boulevard Raspail.
In the meantime, the foundation’s current location will continue to invite artists from around the world to exhibit their work. Ron Mueck’s larger-than-life creations are currently on display, and his exhibition will be followed by Bijoy Jain, an Indian architect, who will showcase his collection of architecture, paintings and ceramics.
Keen to learn more about art in Paris? Have a look at our guide to the absolute best art galleries in Paris.
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