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Centre

national

des arts

plastiques

mission

statement

www.cnap.fr

The missions of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP)

are to promote and support contemporary artistic creation

in all fields related to the visual arts: painting, sculpture,

photography, installations, videos, multimedia, design, etc.

It is one of France’s major vehicles for the policies

and activities of the Ministry of Culture and Communication

with respect to contemporary art. It is directly involved

in the art economy as a national collector, buying works

on the State’s behalf which then become part of France’s national

contemporary art collection, managed and conserved by the Centre.

It also implements the Ministry of Culture and Communication’s

policy regarding state-commissioned works.

At the same time, the Centre supports research and innovation

in the arts through research grants awarded to artists involved

in experimental work, and financial assistance to professionals

in the contemporary arts sector (galleries, producers,

restorers, art critics etc.).

Its website www.cnap.fr also provides artists, associations,

institutions, local authorities and businesses with a platform

for information on contemporary art and its economy.

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques can thus be seen

to be both an institutional intermediary and an economic player

in the art world, as well as an active partner for the many

places where contemporary art is shown. It works with both public

(museums, regional contemporary arts collections, art centers,

national monuments) and private partners (foundations, companies,

publishers etc.) to organize exhibitions in France and

internationally, and to publish works on contemporary art.


Buying art today to create the

artistic heritage of tomorrow

Each year, a budget of some 3 million euros enables the CNAP

to purchase between 600 and 1,000 works from galleries

and artists of every nationality. These works are then listed

in the inventories of the national contemporary art collection.

Three consultative committees («plastic arts», «photography»

and «decorative arts, industrial design and crafts»)

meet several times a year to examine purchase proposals.

These committees, which are renewed every three years,

consist of four representatives of public bodies and nine

qualified members, including two artists. They jointly

consider proposals submitted by committee members, galleries

or artists themselves. The procurement policy has three

priorities: to pay attention to young artists, purchase

key pieces by confirmed artists to create significant groups

of works, and be open to trends in international art.

Over the past 20 years, over 20,000 contemporary works

and artifacts have been added to the national contemporary

art collection.

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1

Stéphane Dafflon 1

Silent Gliss, 2002.

Bought from Galerie

Air de Paris (Paris) in 2009.

FNAC 09-092 (1 to 39).

© Photo Galerie Air de Paris,

Paris – CNAP

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2

Zineb Sedira 2

The Death of a Journey 5,

2008. Colour photograph.

Bought from Galerie

Kamel Mennour (Paris) in 2009.

FNAC 09-090.

© Photo all rights reserved

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Conservation and restoration

Managing two centuries of art purchased on behalf

of the state is a highly complex task and one which requires

specific skills and expertise. Over the past several years,

the Centre National des Arts Plastiques has been researching

solutions to protect and restore the works it has acquired.

It is steering projects to restore monumental outdoor works

such as Jean Dubuffet’s ‘La Tour aux Figures’ in Issyles-Moulineaux

and Jean Tinguely’s ‘Le Cyclop’ in Milly-la-Forêt.

Lastly, since 1997 a team has been recompiling the inventories

of the national contemporary art collection through a methodical

enumeration of works released from the collection to locations

in and outside France, since its origin.

Florence Doléac 3

Canapé naufragés sur lit

de moquette, 2008.

Bought from Galerie Jousse

Entreprise (Paris) in 2009.

FNAC 09-009 (1 to 48).

© Photo Marc Domage – CNAP

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4

Christian Bonnefoi 4

Beatus VIII, 2004.

Bought from the artist

in 2009.

FNAC 09-199.

© Photo Christian Bonnefoi – CNAP


Supporting artistic research

and innovation

Research and innovation are two essential features

of any artist’s work. The Centre National des Arts Plastiques

supports these activities with a program of research grants,

aimed primarily at artists though with other beneficiaries

such as designers, art critics and restorers. Such funding

can have a truly catalytic effect on the artist’s development.

In this way, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques

encourages experimental work that does not have an obvious

place in a productive economy.

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Philippe Gronon 5

Verso, Étude pour la course

des chevaux libres, Théodore

Géricault, Musée Magnin

collection, Dijon, 2009.

This work was a beneficiary

of a CNAP research grant

in 2008.

© Courtesy Philippe Gronon

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Louidgi Beltrame 6

Image taken from Energodar.

Video, 2010.

This work was a beneficiary

of a CNAP research grant

in 2008.

© Courtesy Jousse Entreprise

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hyperlink 7

«http://www.cnap.fr»

www.cnap.fr home page.

Inform about contemporary art

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques provides concrete

answers to the questions asked by all those involved

in the contemporary art sector, whether artists (legal and fiscal

status, funding programs for creation, exhibitions etc.),

professionals, businesses (patronage) or the general public.

The Centre’s website lists contemporary art events in France

(an average of 400 to 600 events at a time) and publishes

a guide/directory of some 2,500 sites (exhibition spaces,

galleries, artist’s residencies etc.). The CNAP also publishes

guides to contemporary art to inform professionals, showcase

art in all its forms and open up new lines of thought on how

this sector is developing.

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Graphisme en France 8

2009-2010 Typographie

Published by the Centre

National des Arts Plastiques

in 2009.

Graphic design by Atelier Müesli

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196 Résidences en France 9

From the «Guides de l’Art

Contemporain» collection.

Published by the Centre

National des Arts Plastiques

in 2010.

Graphic design by Julie Rousset.


Encouraging professionals

in the arts sector

Another of the CNAP’s missions is to encourage economic

and cultural players to become involved in the promotion

of contemporary artistic creation. Hence the CNAP offers

galleries financial assistance with individual projects to stage

an emerging artist’s first solo show, or to publish an artist’s

first solo catalogue. Publishers can apply for aid under

the program for the printing or digital publishing of works

on contemporary art or works which are themselves contemporary

artistic creations. Lastly, the Image/Movement program

offers support to audiovisual producers who are involved

in the production or post-production of films that are both

visual artworks and cinema.

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Les Années Staudenmeyer 10

25 ans de design en France

Edited by Chloé

Braustein-Kriegel.

Published by Norma

Édition in 2009.

This work was a beneficiary of a

CNAP publishing

grant in 2009.

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Marco Godinho 11

[to be published in 2010]

Marco Godinho, Timeless,

2009, black elastic, variable

dimensions.

This work was a beneficiary

of a CNAP first catalogue

grant in 2009.

© Courtesy Galerie Art Attitude

Hervé Bize, Nancy

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Les plus beaux livres 12

français 2008

Competition for the most

beautiful French books.

Published in 2009.

This work was a beneficiary

of a CNAP publishing

grant in 2008.

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Inspiring new players

to become involved

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques is keen to promote

the presence of contemporary art and artists outside

the purely institutional field. Working with new partners

such as businesses, local authorities and associations,

the Centre stages a range of prospective activities including

artist’s residencies in companies, training, exhibitions

on corporate premises, art in hospitals, and art and

sustainable development.

Christelle Lheureux 13

Image taken from

Un sourire malicieux

éclaire son visage.

Film, 2009.

This work was a beneficiary

of a CNAP Image/Mouvement grant

in 2008.

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Daniel Perrier 14

View of the exhibition.

Le Panache de la Camelote

at Galerie Martine

et Thibault de la Châtre,

Paris, in 2010.

Galerie Martine et Thibault

de la Châtre was a beneficiary

of a CNAP first exhibition

grant in 2009.


Promoting contemporary art

among the public

To promote contemporary creation, works by today’s artists

must be seen by as many people as possible through exhibitions

and loans of works to museums or public administration

buildings. Information about the contemporary art scene

must also be made available in the form of monographs

and theme-based works.

Exhibitions

Each year, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques loans some

2,500 works to some 300 venues in and outside France. The CNAP

also implements its own program of exhibitions using only

works from the national contemporary art collection and promoting

a different aspect of the collection – design, photography,

textiles, recent acquisitions, etc. – each time.

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14

Diagonales :

son, vibration et musique

dans la collection du Centre

national des arts plastiques,

2010. View of the exhibition

Listen to your eyes

(Rainier Lericolais 15

Oscillogramme, 2007),

École d’art de Metz Métropole.

© photo Galerie Franck Elbaz,

Paris

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Design à la Cour 16

View of the exhibition.

Objects from the collections of

the CNAP and the Château de

Fontainebleau, 2009.

© Photo Sophie Lloyd – CNAP

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Bringing contemporary art to public attention

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques is committed to making

the greatest possible number of people more familiar with

the artists of today. It is actively involved in the staging

of Monumenta and La Force de l’Art, two major events organized

by the Ministry of Culture and Communication at the Grand Palais

in Paris. The Centre further implements its objectives to support

artistic creation and raise public awareness of contemporary

art through workshops in schools and «mediation» activities aimed

at actively engaging the public with contemporary art.

Publications

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques has an editorial policy

intended to promote and document the works in the national

contemporary art collection, and to promote contemporary creations

generally (monographs or theme-based works) through joint

projects with private publishers.

Cultural facilitators 17

from the Centre National

des Arts Plastiques.

La Force de l’Art 02

École Saint-Louis Pontoise.

© Photo Didier Plowy,

Ministry of Culture and Communication – CNAP

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Christian Boltanski 18

Catherine Grenier

and Daniel Mendelsohn.

Jointly published by Flammarion

/ Centre National des Arts

Plastiques in 2010.

Graphic design by M/M (Paris).


Producing new forms

of national art

The state commissioning of works by the Centre National

des Arts Plastiques since 1983 has been instrumental

in the production of new kinds of art for public spaces.

It has released artists from the decorative or commemorative

functions to which public art had most often been confined

and allowed them to forge new ways of relating to the public

and to the context – urban or rural, political, economic

or symbolic.The scale of the program, together with

its innovative scope and methodology, have enabled

internationally-renowned artists to produce works which,

given their monumental size and experimental or utopian nature,

could never have seen the light of day without state support.

Such works have been produced in many different forms,

ranging from monumental sculpture in public spaces,

photography and embroidery to virtual art for the Internet.

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Claude Lévêque 19

Le Grand Soir, 2009.

In situ installation,

French Pavilion,

53rd Venice Biennale.

Public commission

by the Ministry of Culture

and Communication – CNAP.

© Curtesy Claude Lévêque

and Kamel Mennour, Paris.

© Photo Léo Carbonnier

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20

Angela Detanico

and Rafael Lain 20

Study for the Lorraine

Regional Natural Park, 2009.

FNAC 09-592 (1 to 3).

© Photo Yves Chenot, Paris – CNAP

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Yona Friedman 21

La Licorne Eiffel, 2009.

Wood, Ile de Vassivière.

«Des Voyages Extraordinaires»,

videogram. Jean-Baptiste

Decavèle and Yona Friedman.

Public commission by the Ministry

of Culture and Communication

– CNAP.

ContaCt

Centre national des arts plastiques

Service de la communication

Tour Atlantique

1, place de la Pyramide

92911 Paris-La Défense

communication.cnap @ culture.gouv.fr

T + 33 (0)1 46 93 99 50

F + 33 (0)1 46 93 99 79

www.cnap.fr

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Xavier Veilhan 22

Le Carrosse, 2009.

Public commission by the

Ministry of Culture and

Communication – CNAP

as part of Veilhan Versailles.

© Photo Florian Kleinefenn

Graphic design : David Poullard • 2010

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