Norman Foster is curating a special exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, which was designed by the architect.
Foster’s exhibition, ‘Moving’, brings together 138 works by 66 artists from 14 countries, covering almost a 200 year period from Turner’s early nineteenth-century watercolours to contemporary video pieces.
Foster commented: “It has to be a unique experience for an architect, wearing the hat of a collector, to adopt the totally new role of curator acting within the spaces of one’s own creation. The challenge is both daunting and truly exhilarating.
He continued: “Because I have no scholarly aspirations or pretensions on the subject of art, I am free to make any kind of choices or visual connections. At home, if we put an abstract by the young Berlin painter Daniel Lergon next to a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, next to a portrait by Francis Picabia we do not have to offer an explanation to anyone.
“The same is true of this exhibition and the same rules apply – or perhaps I should say the same absence of rules. I hope the visitor will share the pleasure that so many of these artists give to me and my family.”
Many artists, individuals, institutions and galleries have lent works of art, including Tate London, Musée d’Art Moderne Saint-Étienne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Collection of Christopher Rothko and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.
The exhibition runs until 15 September 2013.