OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Storage of the Frac, 2010
Since 1983, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais has acquired an international collection of nearly 1500 works of art and design developed out of important initial holdings that included historical pieces of arte povera, minimal art, conceptual art, new realism, individual or narrative mythologies, pop art and Fluxus. Over the years, the collection has come to include a number of works which deal with topics around the human condition and the places we live and touching on various disciplines, such as music and literature.
The Frac must provide a representative sampling of contemporary artistic creation, which involves heightened attention to and awareness of young artists. As a ‘living’ collection and dynamic laboratory, it is important that the Frac take risks and purchase pieces by artists who for several years have been attracting attention in the contemporary art world and who appear to be introducing new ideas. The ambition is to use this path to introduce to France artists who are not yet well known there or who are absent from public collections in the country.
Conscious of the issues that shape our contemporary world, such as the acceleration of globalisation, the disappearance of borders, the increasing North/South disparity, sustainable development and new forms of urban life, the technical committee is dedicated to seeking out artists who deal with subjects related to the human condition and social topics.
In 2007, the Frac added to its holdings through a large deposit of works from the private Dutch collection H+F.
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Since 2007, this committee, made up of international experts, meets twice per year and contributes to the growth of the collection thanks to its members singular aesthetic perspectives:
Griet Dupont, collecter (B)
Rein Wolfs, Director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (D)
Dominic Molon, exhibition curator, Contemporary Art Museum
St Louis (USA)
Juan Gaitan, writer and independent curator based in Los Angeles (USA)
Frank Perrin, artist, philosopher and editor in chief of Crash Magazine (F)
Gerard Durozoi (honorary member), writer and philosopher (F)
Françoise Dubois, visual arts consultant at DRAC Nord Pas de Calais (observer for the DRAC)
Marianne Guillon, mission head for visual and audiovisual arts with the Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais
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