Fashion houses have proven to make excellent art curators. Before the well worth hype around the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s new Frank Gehry designed home, there was the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, tucked away in Montparnasse. It is a haven for the coolest of weird contemporary art. They feature the strange, the beautiful, the uncanny and captivating and to celebrate their 30th birthday, they’re putting on an artist’s collective with an interactive video installation by Dillier & Scofidio on the first floor and in the basement, a special sensory titillating exhibition called Inhabitants, curated by argentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca and featuring work by Tarsila Do Amaral, Francis Bacon, Vija Celmins, Guillermo Kuitca, David Lynch, Artavazd Pelechian and Patti Smith.
It felt like descending into Beetlejuice’s brain. Everything was strange, red, disconnected and connected. My dead ferret scarf couldn’t have been better accidentally chosen for this unsettling display of artistic expression. And the subtle nod to Alice in Wonderland with white tights and ballerina skirt-army jacket pairing emphasized the LSD-ness of the whole affair. I whispered BeetleJuice BeetleJuice BeetleJuice the whole time, but nothing happened, weird, maybe I was missing the point?
Photos by Ulysse
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sweater: Banana Republic