11 Rue du Docteur Dolard
Phone: +33 4 78 03 47 00
Fax: +33 4 78 03 47 09

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 aesth... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Initiated in 1982, the Rhone-Alpes Collection today includes 1200 works : drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, installations, films. The collections is registered with Videomuseum, the national database for twentieth century public art collections in France.
Prinicpal elements of the Collection
During the collection’s first few years of activity, it was organised according to the four fundamental axes of 1980s artistic practice : the return of the image in painting (figuration, neoexpressionism), sculpture and installation (new British sculpture), photographic practice beginning in 1970, and 1960s figurative narration. A few sub- themes and styles were also represented, such as landscape, minimal art, conceptual art and arte povera. A photographic collection dealing with the representation of the body was established under Jean-Francois Chevrier.
Later, and until 1990, the collection was geared largely towards the production of monumental works (Bernard Bazile, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham/Jeff Wall, John Knight, Philippe Thomas). The first catalogue detailing the Rhone-Alpes aquistitions (Collection Rhone-Alpes) was published in 1992.
Between 1992 and 1996, the collection became “art and experimentation”, meaning, on the one hand focused on the production of work having strong exhibiting potential (Jean-Noel Buatois, Phillippe Durand, Pierre Hiyghe, Dominique Lacoste, Joep van Lieshout), and on the other hand supporting predominantly French, young and emerging artists (Cécile Bart, Pascal Convert, Richard Fauguet, Eric Poitevin, Frank Scurti).

A new committee responsible for acquisitions was put in place in 1997, including several E...+ [ Read all ]


Current Exhibitions

Francois Curlet with Jens Haaning and Christophe Terlinder

Exhibition runs from 25 January to 18 March 2007
Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 6pm
Weekends from 1pm to 7pm
Thursdays from 1pm to 8pm

Previous Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions :
More than 80 exhibitions have taken place since 1978 in this 1200m2 space. The majority of these have subsequently toured in France and Worldwide.
Exhibitons include:
Monographies (Bernard Basserode, Gérard Collin-Thiébault, Leonel Moura, Daniel Buren, On Kawara, Martha Rosler, Lawrence Weiner)
Group Exhibitions Presenting young artists whose practice represents social tendencies (Aperto, Identité, Coté Sud, Entschuldigung)
Themed Exhibitions Presenting various artistic approaches which favour questions of aesthetics or socio-political issues (Artistes/Architectes, Le bel aujourd’hui, L’envers du décor, Et l’art se met au monde, Architecture radicale).


4€ full price
2,5€ concessions

Opening hours

Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 6pm
Weekends from 1pm to 7pm
Thursdays from 1pm to 8pm

Getting there

Via bus route 1, get off at Cité-Nouveau Musée
Via Metro Line A, get off at République
The institute is located near the train station of Lyon Part-Dieu


Archives / Resource centre open by appointment only on +33 4 78 03 47 00

Specialised contemporary art bookshop is open during the institute’s normal opening hours

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Groups must make a booking on + 33 4 78 03 47 00


Guided tours are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, or by prior booking.