The Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (Frac) are institutions with missions to assemble public collections of contemporary art, circulating them among new sectors of the public, and inventing ways of raising awareness of today’s art. Created in 1982 based on a partnership between the French government and the regions, for over thirty years they have been pursuing their mission to support contemporary artists.

Le Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain
© JC Lett - Agence-Kuma & Associates - Agence-Toury-Vallet

Located in La Joliette, at the gate of the Euroméditerranée in Marseille, the Frac sud - Cité de l’art contemporain, has been an emblematic site of what is today called a “new generation” Frac since the 2013 inauguration of the building that houses it, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. With a rich collection of over 1400 works, and representing over 650 artists, the Frac operates throughout a regional, national and international territory, and is developing new ways of circulating the collection through a network of partners. A true artistic experimentation laboratory, its program explores phenomena and issues that pervade and configure our societies.

The Fonds régional d’art contemporain is financed by the Ministry of Culture, the regional directorate of cultural affairs for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and the Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It is fully in line with the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region’s cultural policy favored by its president Renaud Muselier, and with the Ministry of Culture’s labelling policy.