Alongside the in situ and off-site temporary exhibitions drawn from its collection of more than 1,500 works, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais is presenting ten semi-permanent works which have been acquired, deposited or produced especially for the FRAC/AP2, the institution’s new showcase, designed by the architects Lacaton & Vassal. These ten works are unlike the others in the duration of their exhibition (from one to ten years), but can always enter into dialogue or relation with the temporary exhibitions that will take place in turn in the years to come (The Future Starts Here, New Generation, Literature and Americana). Some of these works will echo the selection of works in these exhibitions while others have been designed explicitly to be viewed alongside other works. The principle is that all will interact with the audience (the idea of participation is inherent to the works by Lang/Baumann, Rainier Lericolais, Gabriel Kuri, Otto Berchem, Matthew Darbyshire and Saâdane Afif) and/or their surroundings (Angela Bulloch, Latifa Echakch, Scott King and Rainier Lericolais).
Preparations for the inauguration of its new building were an opportunity for Frac Nord-Pas de Calais to initiate a number of works. These have been conceived to bring out the various themes of the collection, the history of the site where the Frac has relocated (the former prefabrication no. 2 hangar – the AP2 – the emblematic site of the former Chantiers de France shipbuilding yards in Dunkirk), or to establish ties with the building created especially by the Lacaton & Vassal architectural firm.
Of the ten works presented here, half have been produced for the Frac.
This reflects a commitment to support contemporary artistic creation (by both French and foreign artists), one of the Frac’s primary missions. Frac Nord-Pas de Calais thus invited Matthew Darbyshire, Scott King, Lang/Baumann and, in partnership with Dunkerque 2013, Capitale régionale de la culture, Angela Bulloch and Rainier Lericolais to produce original work inspired by the site.