FRAC Grand Large



17.02.2024 — 31.12.2024

Frac Grand Large — Hauts-de-France

Hans Peter Feldman, Dollar bill with Clownnose © Adagp, Paris, 2024. Collection Frac Grand Large

The works of the Frac Grand Large are coming out of storage! “Extrême collection” invites you to discover the collection in groups, starting with the artists “D’Allemagne”, echoing our cross-partnership with the museums of Krefeld*.

Extreme Collection is divided into two parts:

17.02— 31.12.2024

Curated by Keren Detton, Director of Frac Grand Large

With the following artists of the Frac collection: Georg BASELITZ, Joseph BEUYS, Christiane BLATTMANN, Cosima von BONIN, Helmut DORNER, Haris EPAMINONDA, Hans-Peter FELDMANN, Günther FÖRG, Gloria FRIEDMANN, Wolfgang GÄFGEN, Jochen GERZ, Konstantin GRCIC,  Jitka HANZLOVÁ, Isabell HEIMERDINGER, Jörg IMMENDORFF, Martijn IN’T VELD, Annette KELM, Anna KLAMROTH, Peter KLASEN, Imi KNOEBEL, Antonia LOW, Markus LÜPERTZ, Helmut MIDDENDORF, Boris MIKHAILOV, Blinky PALERMO, Sigmar POLKE, Gerhard RICHTER, Klaus RINKE, Ulrich RÜCKRIEM, Reiner RUTHENBECK, Andreas SLOMINSKI, Eva TORNOW, Rosemarie TROCKEL, Peter WÄCHTLER, Jens WOLF.

The Frac’s collection is packed with artistic nuggets from our German neighbours, produced between the 1960s and the present day. Artists and designers are developing plastic forms that are part of a globalised history of art, involving political, economic and technological history in equal measure. Reflecting the acquisitions of the last 40 years, this exhibition highlights the relationship between artists and history and societal upheaval: how did artists in their day deal with it? And how do we view their work today?

This initial collection of around forty works will evolve as new works are loaned out, sparking new neighbourhoods and impromptu encounters, and reflecting the primary mission of the 22 Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain: to disseminate their collections throughout the regions. The tour is also punctuated by comments, descriptions, analyses and digressions from members of the Frac team and invited guests who share their knowledge of the collection and their interpretations of the works.

Benjamin Mialot, who is the programmer at the 4Ecluses contemporary music venue in Dunkirk, has devised an original playlist in connection with the exhibition.


A cosy listening area has been set up in the rooftop belvedere where it is played on aloop. You can also listen to the playlist on our website!

POINT OF VIEW #1: The Chair by Marlène Huissoud  
17.02— 1.09.2024

At the heart of the exhibition, the “Point de vue” space offers carte blanche for a selection from the 2,000 works in the collection. For this first activation, Evelien Bracke, a member of the Frac Technical Acquisitions Committee from 2017 to 2022 specialising in design, has chosen the work of Marlène Huissoud.

The corpus of French designer Marlène Huissoud invites the viewer to become more aware of mankind’s impact on the earth and to change our attitude. She makes us think about the meaning of necessity and how we can use natural resources more responsibly when manufacturing new objects. 

Marlène Huissoud, The Chair, 2019 © Adagp, Paris, 2024. Collection Frac Grand Large

* From 28 April to 8 September 2024, the Frac collection will be on show at the Krefeld museum in the two Mies van der Rohe villas, to mark the 50th anniversary of the twinning with Dunkirk: “Musée hors frontières / art-design / Dunkerque-Krefeld”.


17.02.2024 — 31.12.2024


Press kit 2024