From June 8 to September 8, 2024, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present Matthew Barney’s first institutional exhibition in France in more than 10 years. Visitors will discover the American artist’s latest video installation, SECONDARY, alongside new works created especially for the occasion. To accompany the exhibition, the Fondation Cartier is also programming a series of unique events and performances.

SECONDARY was filmed at Matthew Barney’s sculpture studio in Long Island City, New York, USA, where it was first seen in spring 2023. It is a five-channel video installation set within the context of an American football field. For sixty minutes, eleven performers – mainly dancers and movement artists with older bodies, including the artist – abstract the action taking place on the field.

The plot of SECONDARY revolves around the memory of an accident that occurred during a professional football game on August 12, 1978, when Jack Tatum, a defensive player for the Oakland Raiders, hit Darryl Stingley, a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, in the open field . Stingley was left paralyzed. This tragic event was broadcast over and over again in the sports media and would remain etched in the memories of football fans and the young Barney, himself a youth league quarterback at the time.

The SECONDARY exhibition takes place throughout the Fondation Cartier. In the gallery adjacent to SECONDARY there is a new ceramic sculpture in the shape of a power rack – equipment designed for weightlifting. The work is figuratively present in the installation. It is reminiscent of the material-based choreography in SECONDARY, in which metal, ceramics and plastic are shaped and manipulated by the performers in real time.

To coincide with the exhibition, Barney is creating the latest video in the series, DRAWING RESTRAINT 27, which he will film in the galleries of the Fondation Cartier. The in-situ performance will be performed by Raphael Xavier, in the role of Oakland Raiders football player Jack Tatum. The performance is filmed and broadcast in the exhibition spaces.

A special edition of the SECONDARY magazine, originally created by Matthew Barney Studio, will be offered to visitors to the Fondation Cartier. It features never-before-seen footage and special contributions from the artists who make up SECONDARY.

With this exhibition, the Fondation Cartier celebrates the collaboration with Barney that began thirty years ago with the co-production of the artist’s first feature film, CREMASTER 4 (1994). This film was the first step in the making of The Cremaster Cycle – an eight-year film journey that concluded with five films. For this occasion, the Fondation Cartier is organizing a special screening of the complete Cremaster Cycle at the Christine Cinéma Club on June 29 and 30, 2024.

A special Nomadic Nights program in the summer of 2024 will present unique works by some of the performers in SECONDARY. This program includes debut work, with musical compositions and a variety of choreographic works, encompassing postmodern movement, Contact Improv, Krump and Break Dance vocabularies. This Nomadic Nights brings composer Jonathan Bepler and movement artists Wally Cardona, David Thomson, Shamar Watt and Raphael Xavier to the unrepeatable space of Fondation Cartier. The exhibition at the Fondation Cartier is part of a series of SECONDARY shows taking place in 2024: SECONDARY: object replay at Gladstone Gallery, New York (May 16 – July 26); SECONDARY: light lens parallax at Sadie Coles HQ, London (24 May – 27 July); SECONDARY: commencement at Regen Projects, Los Angeles (June 1 – August 17); and SECONDARY: object impact at Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris (June 7 – July 25); these include locations.