Residencies - Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques
- Exhibition view of "Groupe Mobile", Villa Vassilieff, Paris, 2016. Twenty-two books belonging to collection of the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (FNAGP), Nogent-sur-Marne. Image: Aurélien Mole
For over forty years the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (FNAGP) has been working alongside and on behalf of artists. At a time when it seems specialization has become paramount, the FNAGP prefers instead to focus on many different aspects of the life of artists, their “form of life” as well as their creative practice. From the conception and production phases, to the circulation of their works, to their housing needs, and even during their advanced years, the FNAGP thrives to accompany artists throughout the entire process of their work.
Such support at every stage of the artist’s life is embodied in a diverse and unique array of means (providing studios, production grants, patronage, dissemination at the Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz and assistance in settling into the retirement home the Maison Nationale des Artistes where Marie Vassilieff spent her last years). This life perspective gives the foundation a better understanding of needs and sensitive issues, and ultimately lends a very particular coherence to its actions across the current field of visual arts.
The FNAGP encourages experimentation, innovation, research, long-term work and projects that involve risk and that take a considerable amount of time time. By offering support from the very start to the satellite program of the Jeu de Paume, and by creating in late 2011 a project funding scheme with a €500,000 annual endowment, these are the avenues the foundation has chosen to highlight and continue to encourage.
It is with this spirit in mind that today the FNAGP is partnering with the research program at the Villa Vassilieff. This experimental project picks up the work begun several years ago at the Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, where creators, including Jessica Warboys, Tamar Guimarães, Frédéric Teschner, and Harmen Liemburg brought their singular perspective on the archives of the foundation. The archives—consisting namely of the Smith-Champion funds and of archives of artists who passed away at the Maison Nationale des Artistes (archives kept at the Smith-Lesouëf Library in Nogent-sur-Marne)—will be the subject of the research of the four artists selected as part of the project supported by the FNAGP: Iris Haüssler, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Emmanuelle Lainé and Vuth Lyno.
- Gérard Sekoto, untitled, 1988, pencil on paper (sketch), Raymond Laboute Collection