Profile - Institut d'Art Contemporain

The Institut d’art contemporain is a non-profit-making association which is part of a network of contemporary art centres and regional funds for contemporary art (FRAC) across France under the responsibility of the Delegation for the Plastic Arts (DAP) at the Ministry of Culture. The IAC is funded by the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles for the Rhône-Alpes region, the Rhône-Alpes regional council, and the municipality of Villeurbanne.
The IAC was founded in 1997 as a result of the amalgamation of the Nouveau Musée art centre, founded in 1978, and the FRAC Rhône-Alpes, founded in 1982. The IAC was the first institution of its kind in France to have a dual role, organising temporary exhibitions in its premises in Villeurbanne and building up the IAC – FRAC Rhône-Alpes Collection to lend to its partners throughout the Rhône-Alpes region. Thanks to this twofold approach, the IAC took on a dynamic role in presenting and debating contemporary art issues and developed a bold acquisition policy, along with an educational strategy planning activities and events to bring the superb collection to the wider public.
The IAC organises two major types of exhibitions in Villeurbanne and throughout the Rhône-Alpes region, with the aim of making contemporary art, from the 1960s to the present, accessible to a wider public.
In Villeurbanne, the IAC’s art centre organises and presents exhibitions featuring a certain number of artworks specially produced for the exhibition, as well as items borrowed from existing private or public collections.
The exhibition programme aims to explore developments in contemporary art from a critical aesthetic perspective open to international issues. The exhibitions feature images and the result of artists’ thinking on the nature of creation in the plastic arts, in all its forms and in a broad range of media.

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