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Frac Bourgogne

The Frac Bourgogne was founded on 9 September 1982, along with the need to build up a collection of contemporary artworks. The first technical acquisitions committee was convened in 1983 and the collection’s history began in 1984 with the acquisition of works by sixteen French and international artists, including Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, Michel Verjux, Gloria Friedmann, Tony Cragg, Gerhard Richter, Gottfried Honegger and Richard Long.

The latest works acquired – by Lola Gonzàlez, Laure Prouvost, Mika Rottenberg, Louise Sartor, Ashley Hans Scheirl and Martha Wilson – add further chapters to this history.

Laure Prouvost, After-After, 2013 - Collection FRAC Bourgogne
Laure Prouvost, After-After, 2013 – Collection FRAC Bourgogne

In 1986, the Frac Bourgogne was one of the first Frac structures to have a specific exhibition area and to insist on the need for having its own premises in order to fulfil its goals of artwork dissemination and promotion. In 2013, it gained a new permanent exhibition space, ‘Les Bains du Nord’. This venue, located in the historical heart of the city of Dijon, consists of a main room and a former shop that has been converted into a facility for hosting artworks and artists’ residencies.

Astrid Handa-Gagnard, directrice du Frac Bourgogne © Frac Bourgogne
Astrid Handa-Gagnard, directrice du Frac Bourgogne © Frac Bourgogne

The narrative and its forms – a new artistic and cultural project

The Frac Bourgogne is not committed to a single venue, but to the nomadic existence of its collection and its ‘utility value’ for dissemination and promotion at regional and national level, and beyond. Exhibitions are organised in a wide range of partner venues throughout the region, thereby enabling an enhanced visibility of the Frac collection and involving venues not normally associated with contemporary art in order to provide a broader offering and reach more diverse audiences.

The Frac Bourgogne is currently furthering its development with a new artistic and cultural project that investigates ‘the narrative and its forms’. This initiative can be summed up in the following words: image and representation, narratives and fictions. The Frac Bourgogne artistic and cultural project explores narrative forms with a clear focus on the still image and the moving image, as well as a particular interest in artists working with the medium of video.

— Astrid Handa-Gagnard, Director of the Frac Bourgogne

Astrid Handa-Gagnard  is an art historian, exhibition curator and lecturer at the University of Burgundy from 2001 to 2017. Formerly general coordinator for Yan Pei-Ming, she has enjoyed a multi-faceted and purposeful career. As director of the Frac Bourgogne since late 2012, she works to enrich its collection and to promote its accessibility to the public and other cultural players.

Technical acquisition committee - with voting right

Michel Collet
Artiste et théoricien, Enseignant-chercheur à l'ISBA Besançon et chercheur associé au Laboratoire HEXAGRAM - UQAM Montréal
Daria de Beauvais
Senior Curator au Palais de Tokyo
Astrid Handa-Gagnard
Directrice du Frac Bourgogne
Laure Prouvost
Noëlle Tissier
Enseignante en écoles d'art, fondatrice du CRAC Occitanie à Sète

Technical acquisition committee - with consultative vote

Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller
Chargée de mission éducation artistique et art contemporain, Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Rémy Fenzy
Conseiller pour les arts plastiques, DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Sylvie Zavatta
Directrice du FRAC Franche-Comté


Stéphane Gaillard
Astrid Handa-Gagnard


« Les Bains du Nord »
16 rue Quentin
21000 Dijon, France

41 rue des Ateliers
21000 Dijon, France

T+33 (0)3 80 67 18 18

Opening hours

11h00-13h00 / 14h00-18h00
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