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the Franche-Comté FRAC

In Besançon, the Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) of Franche-Comté has been installed in a new and resolutely modern building since 2013. An exceptional setting that will allow the FRAC to offer the greatest number of visitors the chance to discover the secrets of contemporary art and enjoy a thrilling programme.

A FRAC, what is it?

Did you know? Jack Lang, no doubt the best-known Minister of Culture in France, mainly for his idea of creating the great celebration on 21 June known as the Festival of Music, but also for being the man who created the Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain (FRAC).

Indeed, in the 1980s, in the frame of the decentralisation policy, he initiated a vast programme for the support and dissemination of contemporary art, which, on the ground, led to the creation of FRAC, spread out over the 23 regions of France, including one in Franche-Comté.

The aim of the FRAC is to create, manage and enrich a public collection of Contemporary Art, but also to help it to travel around France and abroad through exhibitions and educational activities.
FRAC are also responsible for inventing new ways of helping the public to appropriate and learn more about artistic creation in the present-day.

New haven for the FRAC in Besançon

In 2013, the FRAC in Franche-Comté marked a new departure by moving to the Cité des Art in Besançon, a bold architectural complex entirely in glass and wood designed by the internationally famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

This superb building alone, emblematic of the revival of the capital of Comté, is well worth the detour. Local residents and visitors are able to take advantage of its brasserie, its terrace on the banks of the River Doubs and enjoy a pleasant walk with, as a backdrop, the Vauban citadel and the tree-covered hills of Besançon

The FRAC, an exhibition venue, but that's not all!

This new haven is also, and above all, an opportunity for the FRAC to become a genuine leading cultural centre.

Behind the FRAC's high facades, there is a huge space covering almost 3,000 m2 devoted to temporary exhibitions. During a leisurely visit, the public, accompanied by a mediator, are able to discover the vast range of artistic expression at work over the past 40 years: photos, paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and more, a place where all sensitivities and techniques come together.

Apart from exhibitions, the FRAC offers a rich and varied cultural programme: encounters with artists, conferences, concerts, dance, etc. It is a multi-disciplinary cultural universe that opens its doors to visitors. Plenty for varying pleasures and discoveries!

Note that the FRAC is also open to young visitors with courses, creative workshops and other activities designed specifically for children and school groups.  So why wait? Ask for the programme !

Besançon citadel

Its stones bear witness to the glorious times of Louis XIV, who commissioned it. Today the Citadel incorporates a vast museum area and a first-class zoo which will delight both young and old.

FRAC's programme