frac champagne-ardenne
fonds régional d'art contemporain
1, place museux 51100 reims
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about the frac

Since 1984, the collection of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne has forged a solid identity around major complementary themes: art and life; art and encounters; art and celebration; art and play. This open, forward-looking collection, comprising more than 900 works that reflect the rich diversity of contemporary practices, has over the years gained a significant standing in terms of cultural heritage.

Since 2018, the artistic agenda of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne has explored the theme of play. As well as the entertainment and escapist value of play, it sets down rules, freely accepted by those taking part, which — by analogy with everyday existence — act as an expression of communal living.

In this respect, the full FRAC agenda, entitled The Spirit of Play, between Rules and Turbulence, is decidedly egalitarian, open to minorities and to diversity, as well as instrumental in the flow of imagination.

The FRAC collection travels all year round in the Grand Est administrative region of northeast France and beyond through the organisation of exhibitions and a programme of initiatives running alongside the art shows.

This is achieved in partnership with schools and higher education establishments, cultural institutions, public bodies, local authorities and administrative establishments.

In 2017, at the request of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, French designer matali crasset created Capsule, an itinerant art space aimed at young visitors. This modular, stand-alone exhibit is intended for displaying artworks in unusual locations. The same year, matali crasset also designed Tripode, which makes it possible to organise artwork encounters on digital tablets in the region. Throughout the year the FRAC team conducts tours and holds workshops and outreach activities aimed at all types of audiences in line with the artistic agenda of the FRAC.

Directors
Catherine Bompuis (1984-1987)
Laurence Imbernon (1988-1993)
Nathalie Ergino (1994-2001)
François Quintin (2001-2007)
Florence Derieux (2008-2016)
Marie Griffay (2017- )


Exhibitions at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne

Each year at the Ancien Collège des Jésuites in Reims, the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne presents solo or collective exhibitions, as well as exhibits of totally new works by contemporary artists who have come especially to work in its spaces. Since its creation, the FRAC has distinguished itself through the experimental nature of its program and through the close ties it has been able to create and nurture with the artists of international renown who have come to create in the region.


The Collections

The collections of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne are composed of almost 800 works reflecting the extraordinary diversity of contemporary practices (painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, video, sound, installation art) and attests to the most innovative artistic developments dating from the 1960s to today. Among the artists represented, many are now considered to be great historic figures in art.


Circulation of the Collections

The FRAC Champagne-Ardenne regularly organizes ambitious exhibitions throughout the region featuring, most notably, works from its collections. By means of loaning out its works, it also contributes to numerous exhibitions in the region, as well as throughout France and abroad, thereby significantly advancing the cultural promotion of Champagne-Ardenne.
The events that the FRAC organizes in the region are most often conceived of in partnership with cultural and heritage organisations, schools and establishments of higher education, as well as libraries and hospitals. Such exhibitions provide an opportunity to conceive of innovative projects that take into account both artistic realities and the diverse array of different publics, thus facilitating a “participative” dissemination of the collections.

(Text: Florence Derieux)

 

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