Raymond Hains

Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain

Is Raymond Hains’ art an “art of coincidence” or “a rebus of esthetic dimensions,” as Allan Weiss contends in the exhibition catalogue? Coincidental events, word associations, homonyms, and witticisms pervade Hains’ artistic practice. One of the founding members of the Nouveaux Realistes, Hains infuses his photographs and found objects with a Dadaist’s sense of language and a firm grounding in structuralism.

This retrospective-style exhibition entitled “Les Trois Cartiers—Du Louvre au 3 Cartiers” (The 3 Cartiers—From the Louvre to the 3 Cartiers) presented endless mental twists and turns, taking us through Hains’ childhood in Brittany by way of his acquaintanceship with Jean Nouvel, architect of the new building for the Cartier Foundation, all while relating the saga of the famous jeweler. In tracing these stories, Hains’ photographs, videos, objects, and films seem to construct an edifice

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