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History of Platform

Before the constitution of Platform in December 2005, some Frac directors had already got closer, creating a common group of discussion and collaboration. So, from 2003, the Frac of the regions Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté and Lorraine join forces under "Frac du Grand Est" name, to diffuse their collections abroad and to organize an interregional program of residences. From 2005 till 2009, Platform is thus constituted by two entities: "Frac du Grand Est" and "Frac national". In March 2009, the association decided, to develop new synergies among its members and to gain in visibility, to simplify its structure by giving up the partition between "Grand Est" et "National", each of  the 23 Frac members of the association standing now on an equal footing.



From 2011 to 2013, Platform has coordinated with the 23 Frac the preparation of The Pléiades - the 30th anniversary of the Frac. The keywords of this event were: diversity (of art, of collections, of 23 Frac) and proximity. The Pléiades was cascaded on a national and regional level. For this event, the 23 structures have together defined and undertaken collectively a series of projects conceived as many distinct views of their collections. These exhibitions take place in each region then give rise to an exhibition and synthesis at les Abattoirs - Frac Occitanie Toulouse, the first presentation to bring together the 23 Frac. In the framework of the 30th anniversary and to highlight the major changes accomplished over the last ten years, the itinerant exhibition Frac - New architectures was coproduced with the Centre Pompidou.


In 2016 and 2017, the 23 Frac opened their doors everywhere in France during the event "Le Week-end des Frac", an invitation to the public to discover all the diversity of their actions through many events around their collections and exhibitions.


In 2017, the 23 Frac are invited by the Centre Pompidou to exhibit an artwork from their collection in the new presentation of the permanent collections of the Musée national d'art moderne.



Since 2003, driven by the Frac du Grand Est then with the coordination of Platform, projects have taken place in Italy and Poland (2003), in Spain and in the United Kingdom (2004), in Germany and in Slovakia (2005), in Israel and in the Czech Republic (2006), in Argentina, in Italy and in Romania (2007), in Belgium and in Lithuania (2008), in Croatia (2007 and 2012).


In 2010, carte blanche entrusted to American commissioners enabled the organisation of Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism, the first itinerant exhibition of the Frac collections in the United States with artist residencies designed for each of the project stages in Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit. In 2015, the exhibition "A Republic of Art" presented a selection of more than 100 artworks from 77 artists over 1000 square meters in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (the Netherlands).


In 2016 and 2017, a large exhibition of the Frac's collection "What is not visible is not invisible", has been presented at the National Museum of Singapore, at Song Eun Artspace of Seoul and finally at the BACC-Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Those exhibition were seen by more than 80,000 visitors.