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Kadist Paris
Address 19bis/21 rue des Trois Frères
Paris, FR
Type Gallery, Art Center
Capacity 100 (est.)
Opened 2001
Kadist San Francisco
Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.JPG
Address 3295 20th Street
San Francisco, United States
Type Gallery, Art Center
Capacity 100 (est.)
Opened 2011

Kadist is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts organization with an international contemporary art collection. In addition to being a collecting body, Kadist hosts artists residencies and produces exhibitions, publications, and public events. The first location was opened in Paris in 2006 by Vincent Worms and Sandra Terdjman, and a San Francisco, California location was added in 2011 in the Mission District.[1]


  • Exhibitions: With a gallery space both in Paris and San Francisco, Kadist hosts exhibitions by international artists and curators, often in coordination with their residency program. Artists they have worked with include Ryan Gander, Danh Vo, Francis Alÿs, and Roman Ondàk. Additionally they have co-produced large scale artist projects, including "Klau Mich" by Dora García and "Muster" by Clemens von Wedemeyer at DOCUMENTA (13).
  • Residencies: Kadist provides residencies for a wide range of creative activities including and not limited to new artistic productions, publications, writers and curators. Recent residents include artists Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, bookstore Ooga Booga and publications White Fungus, Nero, and Fillip.
  • Events: Kadist San Francisco hosts an ongoing series of events,frequently on Wednesdays, which have involved screenings, performances, conversations, and game shows.


From their mission statement: "Kadist Art Foundation encourages the contribution of the arts to society, conducting programs primarily with artists represented in its collection to promote their role as cultural agents. Kadist's collections and productions reflect the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop collaborations between Kadist's local contexts (Paris, San Francisco) and artists, curators and art institutions worldwide.[2]


The Kadist collection includes video, performance, painting, sculpture and mixed media works. It is subdivided into multiple, sometimes overlapping collections.


The Paris Collection, established in 2001, is not bound by geography or media and consists of works by artists from many different regions. Its particularity is also to support artists through commissioned productions.

Besides the founding family members, and the Kadist-Paris staff, the Paris Collection committee comprises Jeremy Lewison, advisor, critic and curator, Rozenn Prat, Professor of Visual Arts, and Jean-Marc Prevost, director of the Carré d’Art, contemporary art Museum of Nîmes.

Artists in the Paris Collection include Akram Zaatari, Carlos Amorales, Charles Avery, Eleanor Antin. Francis Alÿs, Eric Baudelaire, Olaf Breuning, Yto Barrada, Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Chung and Maeda, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, and Claire Fontaine.


A3 embraces global perspectives on contemporary art across Asia and the Asia-Pacific region as a way to develop a closer relationship with Kadist's local venues in San Francisco and Paris. The name A3 suggests a multi-dimensional understanding of what it means to be Asian. The collection aims to put forward the complex individual voices of both emerging and established artists from nations including China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Pakistan and New Zealand. A3 is not simply a collection, it is also an apparatus through which Kadist builds long term conversations and collaborations with artists, curators and organization from the region through involving them with the residency, curatorial and publication projects of Kadist. The A3 collection is directed by Kadist advisor Hou Hanru.

Artists in the A3 collection include Shilpa Gupta, Dinh Q. Lê, Shahzia Sikander, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Adrian Wong, Yan Xing, Haegue Yang, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

Video Americas[edit]

The Video Americas collection is a survey of contemporary video art produced by artists living and working in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The collection aims to address the impact of video since the year 2000, with a particular emphasis on the current developments, shifts, and expansions due to technological advances that affect collecting, distribution and the function of video within the contemporary cultural and global landscape. The collection is directed by Kadist advisor Tony Labat.

Artists in the Video Americas collection include Alexandre Arrechea, Miguel Calderon, Liz Cohen, Brody Condon, Sergio De La Torre, Felipe Dulzaides, Kate Gilmore, Michelle Handelman, Lynn Hershman Leeson, George Kuchar, Euan Macdonald, and Tony Oursler.


The 101 Collection takes its name from the iconic Highway 101 that runs along the West Coast of United States, from the Canada–US border in the north, to the Mexico–US border in the south.

The Collection focuses on art made after 1970, with an emphasis on works made since the year 2000. It presents three key sectors of artistic production: historically important artists who are well-known protagonists or are being rediscovered; so-called mid-career artists who already have made significant contributions to the discourse around contemporary art; and young or emerging artists, who represent new voices and artistic directions. Following the spirit of the region, the 101 Collection is open and liberal, transgenerational, multinational, interdisciplinary, and polyethnic. It is concerned with subjects such as politics, identity, place, popular culture, and beyond. The 101 Collection is directed by Kadist advisor Jens Hoffmann.

Artists in the 101 collection include Doug Aitken, Eleanor Antin, Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Stephen Beal, Larry Bell, Wallace Berman, Walead Beshty, Luke Butler, Tammy Rae Carland, Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, Trisha Donnelly, Nathaniel Dorsky, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Harrell Fletcher, Futurefarmers, Piero Golia, Rodney Graham, Mark Grotjahn, John Gutmann, Karl Haendel, Werner Herzog, Todd Hido, Colter Jacobsen, Chris Johanson, Brian Jungen, Mike Kelley, Edward Kienholz, Paul Kos, Ellen Lesperance, Sharon Lockhart, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Ray, Richard Gordon, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Allan Sekula, Ron Terada, Diana Thater, Hank Willis Thomas, Mungo Thomson, Jeffrey Valance, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, James Welling, Jennifer West, and Natasha Wheat.

El Sur[edit]

The El Sur collection was established in 2010 with an emphasis on young and emerging artists from South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. The collection focuses on artists who are internationally active, but who also live in Latin America and make work that considers the artistic developments and movements important to the region. Among others, subjects surrounding colonization, multi-ethnic societies, migration, social inequality, and Latin America's fraught relationship with the United States, are raised by the works in the El Sur collection. The El Sur Collection is directed by Kadist advisor Jens Hoffmann.

Artists in the El Sur collection include Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Amorales, Yoan Capote, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Dr. Lakra, Cildo Meireles, Tina Modotti, Gabriel Orozco, Pedro Reyes, and Diego Rivera.

Further reading and listening[edit]


  1. ^ Del Pesco, Joseph. "about page". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Worms, Vincent. "mission". kadist . org. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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