Diptych

Permanent Exhibitions

The Frac Centre-Val de Loire is initiating a new, multi-year lending policy for secondary schools in order to show work from its collection over the long term.

In each participating institution, drawings by architects from the Frac collection are placed together in a diptych presentation: a large-scale reproduction with a set of framed facsimiles.

Based on a collaborative curatorial principle, the “inhabitants” of the school (students, teachers, staff, parents) are being invited to design each exhibition and to select the works that are then integrated into the spaces they use daily.

The project unfolds in four stages - four working sessions with the team, three of which are held at the school and one at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire.

Exhibitions

Centre de Formation AFTEC

22 Avenue des Droits de l'Homme
45000 Orléans

The exhibition at the Centre de Formation AFTEC Orléans intends to explore the question of “living together”. Life “in community” takes place in a social space that changes over time based on relationships and the flow of people.

Several prospective architects suggested an open and modifiable network architecture that could be adapted by organically growing its structure. With sensitivity to questions of ecology and the environment, the team has since been involved in developing projects related to nature, which sometimes evoke living structures. Designed by three architects from the Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection (David Georges Emmerich, James Wines, Bernard Tschumi), these projects create places for sharing and meeting where the open circulation promotes an atmosphere of conviviality.

Lycée des métiers de l’Hôtellerie et du Tourisme Blois Val de Loire

174 Rue Albert 1er
41000 Blois

The exhibition at the Lycée des métiers de l’Hôtellerie et du Tourisme Blois Val de Loire questions architecture as a shared space whose structure, being both dynamic and orderly as a hive, conditions the life of an individual in a group.The exhibition opens with the emblematic project from Chanéac, Les Cellules polyvalentes [Polyvalent Cells], an architectural system that mimics the functioning of a living organism in order to personalize the habitat. Chanéac, like Arthur Quarmby, Pascal Häusermann and Antti Lovag, designs ovoid architectural structures with reassuring forms inspired by biological cells. Each one imagines principles of construction and assembly that must allow the inhabitant to freely assemble and add bubbles to it themselves in order to design a bespoke space. Vittorio Giorgini also summon natural principles to imagine a fluid, organic space using “shell-shaped” beams with variable curvatures.

Lycée Edouard Branly Dreux

29 Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy
28100 Dreux

The exhibition at the Lycée Polyvalente Martin Nadaud can be considered a story about the liberation of form and line in architecture. Conceptualized as a narrative that uses the real as a starting point, it is a testament to the curatorial team’s aspiration for an organic architecture, one that is in harmony with the human body.

The exhibition opens with a project by James Wines (SITE) with a homogeneous, standard structure, a compressed multi-level environment in which each inhabitant builds their house. Günter Günschel’s drawing acts as the node of the exhibition: it bears witness to the transformation of a geometric grid into an organic form intertwined with human bodies. The projects by Chanéac and Enric Ruiz-Geli (Cloud 9) offer architecturally sensual curves in symbiosis with nature.

Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska

40 Avenue Denis Papin
45800 Saint-Jean-de-Braye

The exhibition at the Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska is built around the school’s strong identity and its extensive, dispersed architecture. Isolated between a residential zone and a commercial area, the school is a world apart, a living microcosm organised according to its own rules and constantly simmering.

The exhibition unfolds beginning with a drawing of La Ville du Globe Captif [The City of the Captive Globe] by OMA, a veritable manifesto for the creative energy of diversity and pluralism. Living together while also respecting difference and individual freedom is at the heart of the projects by Dahinden, Friedman and Chanéac, who develop systems allowing each inhabitant to flourish.

Lycée Polyvalent Henri Brisson

25 Avenue Henri Brisson
18100 Vierzon

The exhibition at the Lycée Gaudier-Brzeska is built around the school’s strong identity and its extensive, dispersed architecture. Isolated between a residential zone and a commercial area, the school is a world apart, a living microcosm organised according to its own rules and constantly simmering.

The exhibition unfolds beginning with a drawing of La Ville du Globe Captif [The City of the Captive Globe] by OMA, a veritable manifesto for the creative energy of diversity and pluralism. Living together while also respecting difference and individual freedom is at the heart of the projects by Dahinden, Friedman and Chanéac, who develop systems allowing each inhabitant to flourish.