The acquisition policy of the Frac Bretagne collection is a tightly controlled process.

Each year, the technical acquisition committee, composed of personalities and specialists in contemporary art and representatives of the state, the Brittany Region and the City of Rennes, meets to discuss the acquisition proposals received.

The selection of works to be acquired is then submitted for the approval of the members of the Board of Directors.

Etienne Bernard, director of Frac Bretagne, Rennes

Leonardo Bigazzi, curator of Lo Schermo dell’arte festival, Florence, Italy

Tessa Giblin, director of Talbot Rice Gallery, Edimbourg, United Kingdom

Geraldine Gourbe, art critic and curator, Paris

Basim Magdy, artist, Bâle, Switzerland

Sandra Patron, director of CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux

The Technical Committee of Acquisition meets annually in spring.
The next commission will be held on March 31, 2021.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2021.

Constitution and transmission of files

The acquisition proposal’s files have to be exclusively sent by digital way and absolutely established with the following documents:
1. Artist’s Form (download the file by clicking on the link then precisely fill the form)
2. Artwork’s Form (download the file by clicking on the link then precisely fill the form)
One form is necessary for each work or one form for an established set of works. Maximum 5 artwork’s forms per artist
3. HD pictures of each work with related references (photo credit). (TIFF or JPEG)
4. For videos/movies: sending a link (Vimeo, Youtube or equivalent). Do not send a file.
5. Arguments showing the coherence of the proposals in relation to the Frac Bretagne collection and acquisition guidelines.

All these elements have to be gathered in a single digital file precisely entitled with the date of the day (YYYYMMDD), following by your initials, without underscore or spaces, according to these following examples: 20201204FB or 20210129AMF
Thank you to send us your complete digital file by WeTransfer to the email address comite.acquisition@fracbretagne.fr

>> Careful ! Incomplete applications, non-compliant, defective or arrived after the deadline will not be examined.

If you think it is necessary, files will be eventually complete with a mailing by post with the following documents:

– Catalogues, Artist’s books, etc.
(In that case, join imperatively a pre-stamped return envelope for the return of your elements after the studying of your file).

For any information: comite.acquisition@fracbretagne.fr

Acquisition Principles (2020-2022)

Special attention is paid to developping and opening existing thematic bodies of works. Built over four decades, these corpuses constitute research grounds regarding the actuality of art and its projection into the future. Notions of abstraction, status of the contemporary image as well as the relations between art and nature are envisionned in a wider field of creation in connexion with issues that challenge our contemporary world.

Acquisitions also carry on providing works for the collection of artist’s books which represents one of the hallmark features of the Frac Bretagne collection.

Both out of a concern for asserting the powerful identity of the Frac Bretagne collection, associated with image, as well as a logic of diffusion, the Frac plans to consolidate its collection of videos and films.

Special attention is paid to female/male equality and to opening up the collection to cultural diversity.

Basel ABBAS & Ruanne ABOU-RHAME (Palestine). Live and work in New York, United States.

Xavier ANTIN (France). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Oliver BEER (United Kingdom). Lives and works in Edenbridge, United Kingdom.

Simon BOUDVIN (France). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Giulia CENCI (Italy). Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Marianne FAHMY (Egypt). Lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt.

Anita GAURAN  (France). Lives and works in Rennes, France.

Polina KANIS (Russia). Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eva KOTATKOVA (Czech Republic). Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.

Vincent MALASSIS (France). Lives and works in Fougères, France.

Cinthia MARCELLE & Tiago MATA MACHADO (Brazil). Live and work in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Randa MAROUFI (France-Morocco). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Barbara MCCULLOUGH (United States). Lives and works in Los Angeles, United States.

Anita MOLINERO (France). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Quentin MONTAGNE (France). Lives and works in Rennes, France.

Charlotte MOTH (United Kingdom). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Marion SCEMAMA (France) & David WOJNAROWICZ (United States). Marion Scemama lives and works in Paris, France. David Wojnarowicz passed away in 1992.

Lucy SKAER (United Kingdom). Lives and works in Glasgow and London, United Kingdom.

Anna SOLAL (France). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Lucie STAHL (Germany). Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Ana VAZ (Brazil). Lives and works in Paris, France.

Maya WATANABE (Peru). Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Participatory Acquisitions Program

In 2020, a participatory acquisitions program was launched. Each year, a school group will take part in the construction of the collection by discovering how it functions as well as learning about economic issues in the sector (art market, artist’s economy, production, etc.).

Students will then present their proposals to the technical acquisitions committee.

The technical acquisitions committee

Appointed by the Board of Directors, the technical acquisitions committee takes part in the Frac’s acquisitions policy. It proposes and publishes opinions about acquisition projects, in a totally independent manner and in association with the Frac’s acquisitions policy as presented above. It proposes acquisition projects and gifts of artworks destined for the collection to the Board of Directors .

The technical acquisitions committee is made up of the director and five French and international art figures qualified in the contemporary art field. These qualified figures are volunteers and must include at least one artist. The composition of the technical acquisitions committee observes strict female/male parity.

The technical acquisitions committee is attended, with a consultative vote, by the head of visual arts for the National Ministry of Culture, a member of the cultural department of the Region of Brittany and a member of the cultural department of the City of Rennes.


Images : Anna SOLAL, Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, 2019. Picture : Aurélien Mole © Anna Solal / Vincent MALASSIS, The Noisy World, 2019. Picture : Aurélien Mole © Vincent Malassis / Ana VAZ, Occidente, 2014 © Ana Vaz. Xavier ANTIN, /, (The Weavers), 2019-2020. Picture : Aurélien Mole © Adagp, Paris 2020 / Charlotte Moth, Still Life in a White Cube, 2019 © Adagp, Paris 2020