From 16 February 1996 to 21 April 1996
Curated by Yannick Miloux, Frédéric Paul, Giorgio Verzotti
The primary function of a contemporary art museum is to promote public awareness of art, transforming it into a patrimony that can be enjoyed, through both temporary exhibitions and the existence and constant growth of a permanent collection. This latter aspect, a theme of reflection and a motivating force, also becomes an occasion for comparison for Castello di Rivoli, with the opening up of its spaces to an important French experience, that country’s regional contemporary art collections.
The F.R.A.C. (Fonds Regionaux d’Art Contemporain), established in 1982 for the purpose of providing all French regions with permanent collections of contemporary art that document major French and international art trends, also have the task of organizing temporary exhibitions, commissioning works to be placed in spaces other than those set aside for art, and working to disseminate art with educational initiatives.
The choice of the Rhone-Alpes and Limousin F.R.A.C. brings to the exhibition works from major international stylistic tendencies from the ‘Sixties and provides an occasion for study and comparison with the French experience, which has become a fine example of public administration of cultural assets tied to contemporary life.