A different look at trees at the Fondation Cartier

Exhibitions | Nature
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The exhibition of the Cartier Foundation, offers a uniquely aesthetic and scientific journey 

Summer is undoubtedly the ideal season to question our connection to nature and specifically to trees. Following this theme, the exhibition of the Cartier Foundation, offers a uniquely aesthetic and scientific journey created by a community of artists, botanists and philosophers. Works of art cleverly combine with research revealing the beauty and complexity of trees, which have played a constant major role in our world for millions of years. Knowledge, aesthetics and threats are the three main chapters of this approach. The most recent discoveries have revealed previously unsuspected sensory abilities and communication skills on the part of trees. This relationship of almost emotional intimacy with trees can be felt through some of the most moving works, by the Yanomami Indians or the botanist Francis Hallé in particular; the delicate graphic drawings by the architects Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi display an equally intimate and meticulous knowledge while other works play on a more dreamlike or even political register such as the great tree silhouettes by the Colombian Johanna Calle. Indeed, the exhibition also covers the serious ecological issues of large-scale deforestation ! As the exhibition continues outside, you will take advantage of your visit to stroll round the garden which, besides a charming bar serving a few tables in the sun, offers you a walk among magnificent tree species including its extraordinary Lebanon cedar, not very far from the bronze one by the artist Giuseppe Penone.

Aux fables de la fontaine par Esprit de franceWhy not continue on the left bank in order to dine at the Michelin-star Fables de la Fontaine? Located near the Fontaine de Mars, the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, this restaurant is reputed for having an excellent choice of fish and seafood. In the kitchen, the Chef works passionately, respecting the products and using precise cooking techniques. The elegant and uncluttered décor offers a cosy ambiance to experience creative and exquisitely-executed cuisine. It only took a few years for this little neighbourhood spot to gain fame and create some signature dishes, such as haddock, leek and crunchy egg-yolk, or the Coley aïoli.