Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Lorraine

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Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Lorraine
FRAC Lorraine Metz.jpg
The 49 North 6 East in the Saint-Livier Hôtel
Established 1984
Location Saint-Livier Hôtel, Metz
Type Art museum

The Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Lorraine (FRAC Lorraine) is a public collection of contemporary art of the Lorraine region and located in the regional capital, Metz.[1][2][3] It is nicknamed 49 North 6 East (French: 49 Nord 6 Est).


The Regional Contemporary Art Funds (abbreviated in FRACs) were created in 1982 by the French Minister of Culture to disseminate contemporary art within each region of France.[4][5] Set up within the political context of decentralization, the FRACs were created on the principle that financing would be shared between the state and the regional councils. The FRACs have three complementary missions: to collect the contemporary art of local, as well as, international artists, to take art out into a broad public, and to educate people about arts.[6]

The FRAC Lorraine was founded in 1984 has a nomad contemporary art fund. Since 2004, it seats in the Saint-Livier Hôtel, a Hôtel particulier of the 12th century in the historical centre of Metz. Since then, the FRAC Lorraine has been nicknamed 49 North 6 East, because of the geodesic of the Hôtel.

Cultural policy[edit]

The 49 North 6 East has an ongoing exhibition schedule,[7] welcoming guest contemporary artists, as well as, those from other disciplines, and engaged in publishing activities and educational initiatives. The FRAC Lorraine has developed over the years a network of partners, such as the fine arts museums of Lorraine, the regional art centers and municipal spaces, historic monuments and parks, and the University of Lorraine.[8] For example, the FRAC Lorraine has organized in 2012 an exhibition entitled FRAC Forever in joint initiative with the Centre Pompidou-Metz.[9] The FRAC Lorraine has a documentation center on the contemporary art and organizes frequently conferences.

Contemporary art collection[edit]

The art collection of the FRAC Lorraine encompasses over 800 art works from more than 300 regional, national, and international artists,[10] including Lida Abdul, Marina Abramović, Daniel Buren, Luis Camnitzer, Luigi Ghirri, Joan Jonas, Nicholas Nixon, Cornelia Parker, Hito Steyerl, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Niele Toroni, Wolf Vostell ...


  1. ^ "Official website of the FRAC Lorraine". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Presentation of the FRAC Lorraine". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Webpage of the FRAC Lorraine on the municIpality website of Metz" (in French). Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "What is the FRAC? by Abraham Ritchie, 07 December 2010". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "France". British Council. Archived from the original on 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "PLATFORM Website, the association of France's network of Regional Contemporary Art Funds". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Official website of the FRAC Lorraine, cultural programming". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Interview of the FRAC Lorraine curator, February 2006" (in French). Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Presentation of the FRAC Forever exhibition". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Collection of the FRAC Lorraine". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 

Coordinates: 49°07′15″N 6°10′46″E / 49.1207°N 6.1795°E / 49.1207; 6.1795