Moving. Norman Foster On Art
By Eva Bjerring
British architect and Pritzker Prize laureater Norman Foster celebrates the completion of the Carré d’Art in NÎme, France, 20 years ago by curating the special exhibition Moving. The exhibition displays 138 works by 66 artists from 14 countries and covers almost a 200 year period from British master landscape painter William Turner’s early 19th century watercolors to contemporary video pieces.
The exhibition’s title relates to the theme of movement, both physical and spiritual – works of art that express motion alongside Norman Foster’s personal selection of works with a particular emphasis on Abstraction.
Artist, individuals, institutions and galleries have lent works of art for Moving, including Tate London, Musée d’Art Moderne Saint-Étienne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Collection of Christopher Rothko and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.
Norman Foster won the international competition for the NÎme Museum of Contemporary Art in 1984, and is thus celebrating the anniversary if the museum in more than one way in this curating.
|It has to 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. Because I have no scholarly aspirations or pretensions on the subject of art, I am free to make any kind of visual connections. I hope the visitor will share the pleasure that so many of these artist give to me and my family.|
|/ Norman Foster|