Frac île-de-france (FRAC = Regional collection of contemporary art) supports contemporary art creation, with several complementary missions:
- Enrich and broadcast its collection,
- Produce a programme of exhibitions at le plateau
- Educational programme for all types of public,
- Publishing policy linked to exhibitions as well as to the collection
Its collection of more than 1400 art works echoes the great diversity of the contemporary art field, with particular attention paid to the emerging generation of artists.
The dissemination of the collection takes place in various partner venues throughout the Île-de-france region, but also across France and abroad. By spreading this collection widely, frac île-de-france is also present in places not specifically dedicated to contemporary art, so as to interact with different types of public.
Le plateau, an exhibition space launched in 2002, has become a key actor in the contemporary art scene in France. Its artistic agenda is centred on three or four annual exhibitions (solo or group shows), which enable new productions as well as the realisation of specific projects. Regularly, an exhibition is held on the premises with artworks from the collection, giving the viewer the opportunity to discover the latest acquisitions.
Since 2009 a contemporary art figure is associated to the artistic programme for a two-year period, with the mission of curating exhibitions at le plateau, as well as organising projects with our collection throughout the Île-de-France region.
In parallel, le plateau has started to develop a programme of collaborative events in order to broaden our scope to other artistic realms, particularly the performing arts.
Le château in Rentilly is frac île-de-france’s second venue and has been made available to frac île-de-france by the Communauté d’agglomération de Marne et Gondoire. The rehabilitation of the castle, which is part of the Parc Culturel de Rentilly, has permitted the development of an atypical project: on the initiative of frac île-de-france, the rehabilitation has been entrusted to an artist in order to transform the castle into both a veritable work of art and an ideal venue for the presentation of works of art. The proposal of the selected artist, Xavier Veilhan (in collaboration with the architects Bona/Lemercier and the scenograph Alexis Bertrand) makes le château one of the key spots in the Paris region.
Frac île-de-france has an exceptional new venue at its disposal to show its collection regularly so that it is now a multi-site institution.
In addition, frac île-de-france organises exhibitions of other collections, both public and private: those of other Frac, the Centre national des arts plastiques and French and international private art foundations. In turn, this new site is a unique venue in France for the promotion of the contemporary cultural patrimony.
The new Frac Île-de-France building, “Les Réserves,” in Romainville, Seine-Saint-Denis is finally give a permanent home to the Frac Île-de-France reserve collections, as well as providing hospitality and exhibition spaces.
Designed by the architecture agency Freaks, it Is part of the new contemporary art hub In eastern Paris, also comprising the Fondation Fiminco, several galleries grouped under the name ‘Komunuma’, the Jeune Création association, artisans, as well as the American art and design school Parsons Paris.
The Frac Île-de-France will have new exhibition spaces in a venue that enables the conservation and management of its collection to be improved, and a new cultural and artistic project to be initiated in cooperation with all stakeholders and audiences in the Region.
Our Educational Department aims to offer a wide-ranging programme dedicated to all types of public. We favour long-term partnerships, such as the presentation of works from the collection in schools or universities, and also offer a series of proposals adapted to each public at le plateau, where the approach is to create awareness and understanding of the art works on display through exchange and dialogue.