visual arts / Visual arts, Architecture & Design

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

The Minister of Culture is in charge of national museums and monuments, promoting and protecting the arts (visual, plastic, theatrical, musical, dance, architectural, literary, televisual and cinematographic) in France and worldwide.


The French Regional Contemporary Art Funds (Frac) are an original and essential supporting tool for creation, territory's cultural development and public education, especially the mobility of collections that characterize them. Oeuvres' spreading, their traffic trough exhibitions, and their visibility thanks to publications contribute to the diffusion and the export of the French culture. The aim of the association Platform is to create joint projects, to develop new networks, so as to make Frac collections more accessible to new forms of public, in France and abroad.

Territorial networks of contemporary art

The territorial networks of contemporary art in France are constructed around a territory, mixing different kinds of structures within a similar field. They represent around 2000 professionals - employees and volunteers - working in the sector of contemporary art in France, and over 600 cultural structures : public and association-related galleries, museums, artists' associations, academies of art, art libraries, art centers, Regional Fund for Contemporary Art, biennials, documentary holdings, editors… and private commercial galleries too.

The art centres

The art centres make and dissemine contemporary art. They have a special relationship with creation by living artists and keep in close touch with the current scene. Originally venues for experimentation and creation, they diversify into annual programmes of exhibitions, publishing and outreach towards the broadest possible public.  In lots of cases artists have their early exhibitions thanks to art centres, before their work finds its way into the national and regional art collections, Fnac, Fnac, museums, private collections and foundations.

Centre national des arts plastiques

Created in 1982, the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Center for Visual Arts) is deeply committed to the field of contemporary artistic creation. It fosters and supports artistic creation in France in all areas of the visual arts: painting, performance art, sculpture, photography, installation art, video, multimedia, graphic arts, design and graphic design. It pays close attention to young artists, provides its expertise and support to the emergence of new forms and assists artists and contemporary art professionals.

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou was established out of the wish of Georges Pompidou, when he was President of the French Republic, to create in the heart of Paris, both cultural and original institution, entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary creative work, and where visual arts are side by side with books, design, music and cinema. It represents one of the greatest centres of modern and contemporary visual arts in the world.

Les Arts Décoratifs

An original, multi-facetted institution, Les Arts Décoratifs pursues the objectives it was given at the outset: safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design. Moreover, they maintain close links with industry, forging numerous partnerships with firms operating in various fields.

Le portail du design

In a at the same time scientific and broadcasting purpose, the website provides all audiences - professionals, researchers, and more importantly, enthusiasts, bystanders, students - to have an immediate and documented outlook of thousands of objects that are meaningful to great design currents. The pieces may be consulted on this common base. Through digitized, and both complete and illustrated, the Portail Design allows to explore the features of a work, the creative work, or more generally design history.

La Revue du Design

Alternating short and deeper reflections, La Revue du Design is a webzine dedicated to news and analysis of contemporary design. Essentially open to outside input, La Revue du Design alternates and, over weeks and months, articles and news about current events, but also further reflection and criticism. Its ambition is to offer its readers a medium of exchange, research and observation of design in its current or recent ramifications.

Intramuros Design Magazine

Intramuros is an independant magazine dedicated to design. It highlights the news of international design and its many applications : interior architecture, fashion, new technologies, industrial design, graphics.

The Rencontres d'Arles

The Rencontres d'Arles is an annual summer photography. The Rencontres d’Arles has an international impact by showing material that has never been seen by the public before. The specially designed exhibitions, often organized in collaboration with French and foreign museums and institutions, take place in various historic sites.

Visa pour l'Image

Visa pour l'Image is an international photojournalism festival, which takes place every year in the entire city of Perpignan, from late August to mid-September for a period of 15 days. This is the main and most important festival of photojournalism in France. This festival not only offers exhibitions spread across the city, but also conferences, international meetings and discounts prestigious global photographers rewarding the best stories.

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

La Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine's missions is to ensure the promotion of French architecture in France and abroad, and to present French architectural heritage's emblematic works and contemporary architectural creation. Also, its mandate is to train varied publics in architecture, to provide ressources to professionals, historians and researchers, and to from closeties with companies.

Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

The Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine is responsible for collecting, examining, inventorying, conserving and being available to the Administration as well as the public the documentary ressources (archives, plans, pictures, books, periodical) of the "Direction générale des patrimoines".

Architecture Centre Network

Initiated by architects, and benefiting from the support from the Ministry of Culture and the Ordre des Architectes, the Network and its 32 Architecture Centres (Maisons de l’architecture) demonstrate a willingness to get close to the “ end-user of architecture” and the citizen, by means of exhibitions, debates, visits, publications, or other educational activities. Besides, the Network entrusts to the Architecture Centres the management of working parties and shared activities.