The exhibition has been programmed by the 23 Fracs and coordinated by Platform, the association for regional contemporary art collections. The use of the name "Pleiades" as a title suggests an assemblage of distinct elements as well as a "constellation" of artists. The collection is presented at the Chapelle des Annonciades - Historical Museum Haguenau, the MAMCS, the Frac Alsace Selestat and the Fernet-Branca Foundation in Saint-Louis.
In 2013, the Fracs (French regional contemporary art collections) are celebrating their 30th anniversary. In Alsace, the local Frac is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a wide-ranging, institutionally orientated exhibition being held concurrently over 4 sites under the title Pièces Montrées – Frac Alsace, 30 years collecting. It has been put together from the Frac collection and is being presented at the Chapelle des Annonciades / Historical Museum Haguenau, the MAMCS Strasbourg (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum), the Frac Alsace Sélestat and the Fernet-Branca Foundation in Saint-Louis.
Pièces Montrées - Frac Alsace, 30 years collecting is intended as the sum of different views of the Frac collection as seen by three generations and three types of specialists in art and contemporary art (artists, art historians, directors of institutions). Each part of the exhibition has been designed separately but always in complementary relationship with the others. The fact that the exhibition as a whole is necessarily a collective undertaking is no obstacle to showing the wide variety of the Frac Alsace collection. Historical pieces, works whose authors have become major artists, the contemporary scene with its multiple artistic languages, a multicultural slant, not to mention the full range of the collection's potential (thematic or monographic approaches, acquisition policies etc.), all these need to be made visible, using less piecemeal methods of circulation than current ones.
The selection of works at Strasbourg's Modern and Contemporary Art Museum is a proposition by Raphaël Zarka, in dialogue with Estelle Pietrzyk, directress of the MAMCS and Olivier Grasser, director of Frac Alsace. The exhibition Forms and Forces, brings together thirty or so works by various artists born between 1899 and 1978. The artistic media involved - painting, sculpture, photography, installations and videos - are equally diverse, and on the face of it, the statements made are widely dissimilar. The encounter between tutelary figures and today's creators thus takes place in the course of what is more like a journey than an exhibition sequence: neither chronological nor thematic, the ordered arrangement of the works is the product of a subjective consciousness leading to moments of tension, crisis or grace.
The artists: Adam Adach, Dove Allouche, Ziad Antar, Balthasar Burkhard, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Chen Zhen, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Henri Cueco, Edith Dekyndt, Helmut Dorner, Sylvie Fanchon, Philippe Gronon, Klaus Jung, Karl Kels, Mario Merz, Henri Michaux, Richard Monnier, Laurent Montaron, Aurelie Nemours, Yvan Salomone, Pierre Savatier, Franck Scurti, Vladimir Skoda, Cy Twombly et Raphaël Zarka.
Raphaël Zarka, born 1977 in Montpellier, lives and works in Paris. Raphaël Zarka is a graduate of the Winchester School of Art and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was awarded the Paul Ricard Foundation prize in 2008 and was a pensionnaire (resident researcher) at the Villa Médicis in 2010. He is among the artists nominated this year for the Marcel Duchamp prize.
Olivier Grasser, director of the Frac Alsace
Estelle Pietrzyk, directress of the MAMCS
The exhibition "30 Years of Fracs" has been programmed by the 23 Fracs and coordinated by PLATFORM, the association for regional contemporary art collections.
The programme will be completed in 2014-2015 by an international project at the Van Abbemuseum at Eindhoven in the Netherlands and then in Singapore, and by an editorial project devoted to the activities and experiments of the Fracs based on their collections.
To discover the collections of the Fracs: www.lescollectionsdesfrac.fr
Museum Historical Museum of Haguenau
Emilie Selle-Demongin email@example.com Tél. +33 (0)3 88902934 www.ville-haguenau.fr/musee-historique
Christelle Kreder firstname.lastname@example.org Tél. +33 (0)3 88588755 www.frac.culture-alsace.org
Museums of Strasbourg
Julie Barth email@example.com Tél. +33 (0)3 88525015 www.musees.strasbourg.eu
Aurélie Minet firstname.lastname@example.org Tél. +33 (0)3 89691077 www.fondationfernet-branca.org
Preview Friday 4 October 6.30 pm
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art MAMCS
1, Place Hans-Jean-Arp, Strasbourg
Opening: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Closed on Monday
closed 1 and 11 November, 25 December and 1 January.
Tickets: 7 € (reduced: 4 €)
Admission free: visitors under age 18 /Carte Culture, Atout Voir, Museums Pass Musées, Édu’Pass card
holders / visitors with disabilities / students of art, history of art and architecture / persons seeking
employment / recipients of social assistance / badge-holding CUS employees
Admission free to all: 1st Sunday in the month