Fall 2020 – The 20th anniversary of the CAIRN art centre



From September 25th to November 30th
Opening weekend on September 25th, 26th and 27th


Through the exploration of many archives, this exhibition will present an overview of the projects carried out since the creation of the art centre in 2000 and will attempt to reflect the spirit of the CAIRN, on a small and large scale, from the exhibition space to the geological reserve’s territory.

Beyond a restitution linked to the place memory, the exhibition will report on the current events of the art centre with regard to the artistic practices associated with it: the relationship to the site, to the territory, to the walk and to the “nature”. If the word “CAIRN” refers to these pyramids of stones raised by walkers as a reference point or mark of their passage, it is also to be considered according to its founding acronym: Informel Art Centre of Research on Nature (Centre d’Art Informel de Recherche sur la Nature). The place is defined as a space for experimentation on an extremely complex notion, now at the heart of debates, concerns and mobilizations: nature. A nature that isn’t to be considered as external to human societies but produced, worked, transformed. For 20 years, the CAIRN has privileged the invitation of artists who rub shoulders with the complexity of this notion and who make it possible to propose a plural and renewed approach. The exhibition will be accompanied by a “highlight” that will take place over a weekend: meetings and conferences with the essential actors of a history that must be transmitted, but also with art historians, researchers and artists whose work questions the relationship between art and nature, the relationship to the site, the territory and living things in the context of the ecological crisis that is ours.