The Frac Franche-Comté is an exceptional place dedicated to the discovery of contemporary artistic creation. It is intended to be a place of discussion and meetings open to all audiences. The Frac is located in the Cité des arts, a building designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, with the Archidev agency (Hervé Limousin and Séverine Fagnoni) and the landscape designer Jean-Marc L’Anton. This building on a human scale and with a soft and luminous aesthetic was designed to facilitate the discovery of the works by the visitor during his stroll. He discovers a constantly renewed program based on an ambitious temporary exhibition program and multidisciplinary cultural proposals.
This program is based on the Frac collection, rich in 626 works by 316 artists, which since 2006 has favored works questioning the vast question of Time, an issue chosen for its permanence in the history of art, its topicality but also for its anchoring in regional history. Since 2011, within this collection of works exploring the question of Time, the Frac has endeavored to develop an axis dedicated to so-called “sound” works.
The Frac covers more than 4,600 m2, including two exhibition rooms of 400 and 100 m2, a conference room, educational workshops, 2 apartments and 1 studio for artists in residence and reserves for its collection.
The Conservatory and the Frac work in synergy to offer highlights throughout the year, particularly on the occasion of Museums Night or European Heritage Days.
The Frac Franche-Comté has also set up, in partnership with the Conservatory, a documentation center with more than 6,500 works, around artistic, cinematographic, architectural and musical themes.
Echoing the exhibitions, the public is invited to a wide variety of events: meetings with artists, conferences, performance evenings, video evenings, concerts, dance …
The Frac collection is also “centrifugal”: it is thus deployed in the region and is also the subject of numerous loans in France and internationally. Since 2015, the Satellite, a truck transformed by the architect Mathieu Herbelin into an exhibition space, has continued to travel to meet distant audiences.