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Focus Visual Arts

The program in figures
17
Sessions
545
Speakers
179
Participants
37
Countries

The program

Establishing links between the foreign professionals and creative talents living in France, identifying new opportunities for the development of their careers, targeting influencer networks: these remains the key missions of the Institut français. Initiated by the Institut français - with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication – the Focus program aims to encourage professional exchanges and collaborations. It also aims to give a closer look at the contemporary art scene in France and its diversity through a 5 days tour in Paris and in region. Organized twice a year, this professional trips are schedule alongside major visual art events in France.
 
Since 2009, the Focus program has lead to the invitation of over 180 curators, critics, and directors of institutions, of which more than 90 exhibitions in the world were subsequently generated and organized with French artists. The upcoming edition will take place from October 15th to October 20th around two highlights events :
 
  • The FIAC – International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris (19 to 22 october 2017)
For its 44th edition from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Paris, FIAC will host a carefully balanced selection of leading international galleries in the iconic Grand Palais. FIAC consolidates the presence of major galleries working in the field of modern and contemporary art and confirms its support of the emerging generation, notably via the Lafayette Sector organized in partnership with our official sponsor, the Galeries Lafayette Group. Fresh, eclectic and edgy, this year’s selection is sure to attract wide-spread attention from connaisseurs and amateurs alike. Keen interest from exhibitors in all sectors of the market confirms Paris’s growing appeal. 
 
  • 14th edition of la Biennale de Lyon : Floatings worlds (20 september 2017 – 7 january 2018)
Since its creation in 1991, Thierry Raspail, Artistic Director of the Biennale de Lyon, has asked each guest curator to think about a keyword, assigned for three editions. The 2017 Biennale de Lyon is the second volume of a trilogy around the word "modernity", and it was with this word that Thierry Raspail invited Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, to imagine this 14th edition, at the Sucrière and macLYON.
 
The participants will also be invited to discover the French artistic scene through studio’s visits and visits of the diverse spaces dedicated to contemporary art (museums, art centres, foundations, galleries) and meetings with curators in Paris and in region. Le Centre Pompidou, La Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, and the Museum of contemporary art MAC/Val will for instance be part of the programme.

Contact

Alexandra Servel, Project manager for Visual Arts
Contact

Archives

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How to register

This Focus is intended for specific curators and stakeholders of Visual art fields, selected by the French Embassies abroad or by the Institut français in Paris.

The Partners

  • Mac Val

    MAC/VAL is the first museum entirely dedicated to the French art scene from the 50’s up until today. To complement the permanent collection, the museum offers three to four temporary exhibitions a year. Whether monographic or collective, they take the form of an invitation inspired by the museum’s artistic encounters. Conceived as an extension of the permanent collection, they provide in-depth exploration of the contemporary art scene. 
  • Jeu de Paume

    The Jeu de Paume is an iconic cultural institution located in the Tuileries Gardens. It has gained an international reputation as an art centre that exhibits and promotes all forms of mechanical and electronic imagery (photography, cinema, video, installation, online creation, etc.) from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It produces and coproduces exhibitions but also organises film programs, symposiums and seminars, as well as educational activities.
  • La Ferme du Buisson

    An integral part of the Ferme du Buisson's multidisciplinary project, since 1991 the Centre for Contemporary Art has been supporting artistic creation through its activities in the fields of production, diffusion and publishing. Placing the emphasis on emerging artists or international artists little known in France, the Centre specialises in performance, multidisciplinarity and experimental approaches to exhibiting.
  • Bétonsalon

    Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research strives to develop a space where to reflect on and in society. Integrated into the site of the University Paris 7 at the very heart of a neigh­bour­hood under­going recon­struc­tion, the ZAC Paris Rive Gauche in the 13th dis­trict of Paris, Bétonsalon works at the con­flu­ence of art and uni­ver­sity research with the ambi­tion to ques­tion nor­malised forms of pro­duc­tion, clas­si­fi­ca­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of knowl­edge.
     
  • La Galerie

    Established in 1999 La Galerie offers a broad audience an art programme centering on an annual theme. Since its founding La Galerie has been financed by the City of Noisy-le-Sec, with additional backing from the Ministry of Culture and Communication (via the Ile-de-France Region Cultural Affairs Office), the Seine-Saint-Denis Département and the Ile-de-France Region. Since January 2005 it has been directly managed by the City of Noisy-le-Sec Cultural Affairs Department.
  • Centre photographique d'Île-de-France

    The CPIF is part of the nationwide network of contemporary art centers. It is dedicated to research, production and promotion of artistic projects linked to contemporary photography. It follows acknowledged as well as emerging practices, traditional forms together with forms derived from digital technology and new media, relations between photography and other fields of contemporary creation. It analyses the way photography evolves in order to offer references to the audience. In this way, it offers cross projects (education, workshops with photographers, talks with artists...) strongly related to the three or four exhibitions showned each year.
  • Maubuisson Abbey

    Founded in 1236 by Blanche of Castile, Maubuisson Abbey now lives at the rhythm of contemporary creation. With two major annual exhibitions that result in the production of original works, the abbey welcomes established artists, invited to interact with history, architecture, and site environment. Owned by the Department of Val-dOise, the estate of Maubuisson houses the buildings and remains of the cistercian abbey Notre-Dame-La-Royale, founded by Queen Blanche of Castile in 1236. Today, the Abbey of Maubuisson hosts exhibitions of contemporary art as well as a cultural and educational program on the theme of "creation and heritage".
  • d.c.a

    d.c.a is a non-profit association and since it was set up in 1992 it has helped network and federate France's contemporary art centres, with their different statuses and programming approaches. The 49 current d.c.a members are very diverse in terms of their history, size and geographical and social context. The majority receive public-sector subsidies from the various regional cultural affairs offices (Drac) and départements, urban communities and cities; most are non-profit associations, although some are directly managed by their region, département or municipality. Their fields of activity vary according to their financial means and whether they're in town, in the suburbs or in the country.d.c.a is a non-profit association and since it was set up in 1992 it has helped network and federate France's contemporary art centres, with their different statuses and programming approaches. The 49 current d.c.a members are very diverse in terms of their history, size and geographical and social context. The majority receive public-sector subsidies from the various regional cultural affairs offices (Drac) and départements, urban communities and cities; most are non-profit associations, although some are directly managed by their region, département or municipality. Their fields of activity vary according to their financial means and whether they're in town, in the suburbs or in the country. 
  • Tram contemporary art network

    Tram contemporary art network is an association of art spaces across the Ile-de-France region.
     
  • Kadist

    KADIST is a non-profit organization that believes the arts make a fundamental contribution to a progressive society. Its programs actively encourage the engagement of artists, often represented in its collection, with the important issues of today.
  • Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

    The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard is carrying on the art sponsorship the Ricard Company has been engaged in for more than twenty years and has been a springboard for a whole generation of artists. Created in 1999, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard prize was the first one to be dedicated to an emerging artist from the French art scene. Every year a different curator is invited to organize an exhibition at the Foundation that presents a new group of artists under 40. The prize is then awarded to one of the artists, by a jury composed of art collectors, museum directors and the curators of the previous Ricard prize editions. With the award comes the purchase of a work that is donated to the Centre Pompidou to join its permanent collection. The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard additionally supports the realization of a project by the prize-winner abroad. 
  • Le Fresnoy

    Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains is the result of the determination of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication to set up new kind of higher artistic teaching establishment in the North of France, an innovative, world-class creative hub that would be like “an IRCAM of the visual arts” or “a hi-tech Villa Medici.” With courses articulated around the production of artworks across a wide range of disciplines and styles, drawing on the availability of audiovisual techniques to professional standards, it is a unique centre for production, experiment and presentation. 
  • Cité internationale des arts

    The Cité Internationale des Arts is intended to provide short or long stays (2 months to 1 year) for professional artists who want to develop an artistic work in France.The Cité Internationale des Arts is a foundation directed to the public benefit since 1957.
    It is related to a vast network of partners and associates. Its founders include a large number of States, schools, institutes, universities and ministries from close to 50 countries all across the world. Three of its historic founders and key partners are the City of Paris, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Carré de Baudoin