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Triennale Art
& Dunkerque
Triennale Art & Industrie Dunkerque Hauts–de–France

Centre national des arts plastiques and Centre Pompidou partner FRAC and LAAC in Dunkirk.

Other Triennial partners include the Dunkirk Contemporary Art Association and the Littoral Hauts-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The event has received funding from the French Ministry of Culture through the Hauts-de-France regional directorate of cultural affairs (DRAC) along with support from the Hauts-de-France regional council, the northern department, the Dunkirk/Grand Littoral urban community and the City of Dunkirk.


The Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) plays a leading role in managing and promoting contemporary visual arts for the French Ministry of Culture. A key cultural and economic stakeholder, it encou- rages the arts in all their diversity and provides a raft of support for artists and professionals. The CNAP works on behalf of the French state to expand the country’s national contemporary art collection, which it preserves and promotes by providing pieces on loan in France and further afield. The collection currently comprises

over 102,500 works acquired from living artists over more than two centu- ries, with a view to offering an accurate reflection of the contemporary art scene in all its diversity.

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The Centre Pompidou has been a cornerstone of Paris culture since its 1977 opening. It offers a window onto the world and the wonders of innovation. The iconic building houses Europe’s most extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, and one of the largest worldwide. With its associated bodies—the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI) and the Institut de Recherche Musicale (IRCAM)—the Centre Pompidou offers exhibitions, conferences, festivals, performances and screenings, as well as workshops for younger visitors. It provides an extremely rich programme spanning a diverse array of audiences and disciplines, attrac- ting more than 3.5 million visitors a year. True to its vocation of putting culture and creation within everyone’s reach, the Centre Pompidou conti- nues to expand its presence on a regional and global scale.

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In the 1970s, inspired by the industrial boom and modernity of Dunkirk, engineer Gilbert Delaine disrupted the cultural landscape of the region. Passionate about contemporary art since a chance encounter with a reproduction of Ladislas Kijno’s work, the founder of LAAC (Contemporary Art Museum of Dunkirk) established an association, making the birth of a collection and museum in Dunkirk possible.

Acting as a bridge between the museum and the industrial world, the association L’Art contemporain continues the work of the LAAC’s founder, who convinced over sixty companies to become patrons of his ambitious project. Their support enables the museum to organize events, acquire new artworks, maintain the collection, and also support artistic creation.


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Littoral Hauts-de-France, is a partner for businesses, accompanying them at every stage of their deve- lopment by offering a wide range of services, both individual and collective in nature.

As a long-time partner of Frac Grand Large Dunkirk, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry reaffirms its commitment to this new Art & Industry Triennial on the theme of energies—a highly relevant topic in the current globally unstable context and strongly present in the strategies of our industrial companies, addressing issues such as access to natural resources, recycling, material sustainability, energy efficiency, and more. These are familiar challenges for all of us, as stakeholders in the Hauts-de- France region, fully engaged in the regional rev3 dynamics.

Because industry is part of our heritage and our DNA on a regional scale, and because art is a means to shed light on it in a different way, our common goal, shared by Frac and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is to bring together two worlds that may not typically interact: the world of industry and business and the world of culture, contributing to the influence of our Coastline and our region.

It is also a fantastic opportunity to connect businesses with each other, a key mission of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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