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The Francès Foundation

The excesses of human behaviour is the resonating theme which underpins The Francès Foundation for Contemporary Art.

 

Consisting of 600 international and multidisciplinary art works, the foundation is a private, non-profit organisation that supports contemporary art through the Francès Collection.

The foundation was founded in 2009 by Estelle and Hervé Francès and was initially conceived as a testing ground for discussion around nearly 250 artworks. Ten years on, the approach of The Francès Foundation is to focus on one artist per year, which saw Claire Morgan in 2017 and Mircea Cantor in 2016. In the position of curator, Estelle Francès also creates a dialogue with a selection of works based on a theme, which last year (2018) illustrated the collections art history program. Works were presented which had never been exposed in the Foundation during the past ten years. These approaches to showcasing contemporary art foster new links and sometimes bring artists together with previously unexpected shared tastes and visions. This concept of a specific dialogue in an exhibition format aims to trigger thought and refresh emotions.

On its French territory, located in Senlis, The Francès Foundation is devoted to a democratic access to contemporary art and builds partnerships with regional public and private institutions. Raising public awareness is also aligned with this and has been an objective since the Foundation’s birth. Being guided through with a tour, a unique participative approach and personal exchange occurs with each new visitor. Stories are told, questions can be asked and conversations unfold. This is a means of having the exhibition live well beyond its walls, build on existing knowledge and stimulate new cultural discoveries.

After its first five years of existence, The Foundation shifted towards its engagement on an international level, and initiated a specific program in Senlis to do so. This birthed the idea to invite an artist of the collection each year for a solo-show and to develop them with a specific 12 month program. The current ‘artist in residence’, so to speak, is politically engaged Algerian-French artist Kader Attia.

In their first Online Exhibition we share a small selection of artworks from The Francès Foundation.

DAVID LACHAPELLE, Angelina Jolie Poppy Field, 2001. © Collection Francès
DAVID LACHAPELLE, Angelina Jolie Poppy Field, 2001. © Collection Francès
ANDRES SERRANO, Piss christ (white colomb), 1987. © Collection Francès
ANDRES SERRANO, Piss christ (white colomb), 1987. © Collection Francès
KEHINDE WILEY, Portrait Bust of Cardinal Richelieu, 2009. © Collection Francès
KEHINDE WILEY, Portrait Bust of Cardinal Richelieu, 2009. © Collection Francès
LARRY CLARK, Untitled (teenage lust), 1983. © Collection Francès
LARRY CLARK, Untitled (teenage lust), 1983. © Collection Francès
LAURE PROUVOST, Egg Branch, 2015. © Collection Francès
LAURE PROUVOST, Egg Branch, 2015. © Collection Francès
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE, Glassdome with Cripplewood II, 2013-2014. © Collection Francès
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE, Glassdome with Cripplewood II, 2013-2014. © Collection Francès
RICHARD AVEDON, Truman Capote, New York, 1995. © Collection Francès
RICHARD AVEDON, Truman Capote, New York, 1995. © Collection Francès
ODA JAUNE, Male birth, 2012. © Collection Francès
ODA JAUNE, Male birth, 2012. © Collection Francès
JEAN RUSTIN, Encore une Sale Journée, 1986. © Collection Francès
JEAN RUSTIN, Encore une Sale Journée, 1986. © Collection Francès
ADRIAN GHENIE, Untitled, 2011. © Collection Francès
ADRIAN GHENIE, Untitled, 2011. © Collection Francès
JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN, One day you will no longer be loved, 2008. © Collection Francès
JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN, One day you will no longer be loved, 2008. © Collection Francès
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1980. © Collection Francès
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1980. © Collection Francès
DOROTHEA LANGE, Migrant Mother, 1936. © Collection Francès
DOROTHEA LANGE, Migrant Mother, 1936. © Collection Francès
HANS-PETER FELDMANN, Woman with a wounded blue eyes, 2007. © Collection Francès
HANS-PETER FELDMANN, Woman with a wounded blue eyes, 2007. © Collection Francès
MOUNIR FATMI, Save Manhattan, 2003. © Collection Francès
MOUNIR FATMI, Save Manhattan, 2003. © Collection Francès
IDA TURSIC & WILFRIED MILLE, Swimming pool, 2013. © Collection Francès
IDA TURSIC & WILFRIED MILLE, Swimming pool, 2013. © Collection Francès
KADER ATTIA, Gueule cassée; Masque malade, 2013. © Collection Francès
KADER ATTIA, Gueule cassée; Masque malade, 2013. © Collection Francès
LYNETTE YIADOM BOAKE, A Quarter, 2013. © Collection Francès
LYNETTE YIADOM BOAKE, A Quarter, 2013. © Collection Francès
MARKUS AKESSON, Black Pond II, 2013. © Collection Francès
MARKUS AKESSON, Black Pond II, 2013. © Collection Francès
NICOLA SAMORI, Salagrama, 2015. © Collection Francès
NICOLA SAMORI, Salagrama, 2015. © Collection Francès
MARKUS SCHINWALD, Castor, 2010. © Collection Francès
MARKUS SCHINWALD, Castor, 2010. © Collection Francès
Installation view, Pax, 2011, with artworks from MOUNIR FATMI, Save Manhattan, 2003; RONALD OPHUIS, Yusuf carries his executed brother Adem/ Srebrenica 1995, 2007. © Collection Francès
Installation view, Pax, 2011, with artworks from MOUNIR FATMI, Save Manhattan, 2003; RONALD OPHUIS, Yusuf carries his executed brother Adem/ Srebrenica 1995, 2007. © Collection Francès
Installation view, Vestige, 2014 with artworks from SUBODH GUPTA, Feast for Hundred and Eight Gods 1, 2005; MIRCEA SUCIU, Milagro, 2011; GAVIN TURK, Nomadic Assistance, 2003. © Collection Francès
Installation view, Vestige, 2014 with artworks from SUBODH GUPTA, Feast for Hundred and Eight Gods 1, 2005; MIRCEA SUCIU, Milagro, 2011; GAVIN TURK, Nomadic Assistance, 2003. © Collection Francès
MIRCEA CANTOR, Give more sky to the flags, 2016 (installation view Bellum & Maternitas, Acte II, 2016). © Collection Francès
MIRCEA CANTOR, Give more sky to the flags, 2016 (installation view Bellum & Maternitas, Acte II, 2016). © Collection Francès
G BERTHOLON, Deupatosaurus, 2007 (installation view Enragés, 2010). © Collection Francès
G BERTHOLON, Deupatosaurus, 2007 (installation view Enragés, 2010). © Collection Francès
GAVIN TURK, Ajar (White), 2011 (installation view Vestige, 2014). © Collection Francès
GAVIN TURK, Ajar (White), 2011 (installation view Vestige, 2014). © Collection Francès

The Foundation Francès is featured in the Art Guide.

Watch this video as part of the BMW Art Guide film series to take a further look into the current exhibition of Kader Attia.