Can we start drawing a map of recent cultural history? What do artists and their works express about their time and place? How do we relate the history of a nation to globalization?
The exhibition A Republic of Art is devoted to the cultural policy of the French Republic in the field of contemporary art. It focuses specifically on the Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain (FRAC) set up in the early 1980s as part of decentralization.
A Republic of Art presents an exceptional collection of works from the collections of FRAC, in order to create for the first time abroad a panorama, a history of the visual culture of the last 30 years. Starting with the 1980s, A Republic of Art reflects the major political changes of that decade (the fall of the Berlin Wall, the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square), technology (the appearance of the Internet) and culture. (The Magicians of the Earth, 2nd Biennial of Havana), which led the world to become inexorably globalized. It follows the development of contemporary art throughout the last 30 years, exploring the period from the end of the Cold War to the era of capitalism, and seizing the expansion of the art market in a growing context of free-trademarket alongside the gradual disintegration of the welfare state in Europe.
A Republic of Art was co-produced by the 23 FRAC, PLATFORM and the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands).