The Spirit and Culture of Openness
The CAD attaches great importance to openness and development of general culture, specifically of the artistic culture of its students; this is one of the highlights of the CAD.
This is why the college organizes many visits, travels, meetings, workshops and conferences.
Indeed, we believe it is impossible to become a great creator if you do not know the history of art, and we at the CAD are not only interested in contemporary art but also architecture, design, cinema, music, photography, the “street art,” high fashion, etc, in short, all forms of current and former expression. To achieve this goal, the CAD organizes one or more cultural visits every Friday during the Preparatory Year.
– Day in Paris: Georges Braque at the Grand Palais, Roy Lichtenstein Beaubourg and Ron Mueck at the Fondation Cartier.
– Day in Germany: Folkwang Museum in Essen (extension signed by the great British architect David Chipperfield) design of the school building in Essen directed by SANAA office (Louvre Lens), the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop, and the installation of Christo in a gasometer in Oberhausen.
– Day in the North of France: the Tri Postal in Lille, the LaM in Villeneuve d’Ascq, and the Henri Matisse Foundation in Le Cateau.
– Visits to museums and art galleries in Belgium: the Magritte Museum of Modern Art, etc. (Brussels), Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, etc. (Antwerp and Mons), Giuseppe Penone, Tony Oursler, Jean-François D ‘Or, etc. (the Grand Hornu)
– Organization of an annual study trip around Easter-time: alternately one year in the USA (New York or Chicago) and a year in Europe (Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Northern Italy, etc.).
Finally, students work at the CAD amid contemporary art exhibited in various places throughout the school.