A Beautiful Elsewhere

“Mathematics is everywhere, from the finite boundaries of material reality to the infinite vastness of conceptual universes. It embraces both the real world and the world of ideas; its protagonists are thus writers, discoverers and inventors.” ~Hervé Chandès, Fondation Cartier

For the first time in Europe, a contemporary art venue is opening its doors to the mathematical community. The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain – in conjunction with the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES), the European Space Agency (ESA) and in partnership with UNESCO -will be presenting “Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere” in Paris, opening the 21st of October, 2011, on view through 18 March, 2012. The first exhibition to reveal to the general public the extraordinary insights and creativity of mathematics by offering internationally renowned mathematicians the chance to collaborate with contemporary artists. By taking mathematics out of the milieu in which it is usually articulated, offering the public a chance to experience fragments of mathematical beauty through a geometrical, algebraic, artistic and cinematographic mosaic that is the result of the generosity and open-mindedness of all the participants involved.