The Institut d’art contemporain (IAC) is an instrument for creation, experimentation, and research in contemporary art.
In situ, in 1,200 m2 of dedicated space, it develops exhibitions and encounters, as well as maintaining a collection of works of international scope.
Ex situ, it extends its activities by exhibiting its collection throughout the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, as well as on the national and international level.

IAC is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the City of Villeurbanne.


1978: Founding of Le Nouveau Musée art centre by Jean Louis Maubant (museum without walls or collection, inspired by Marcia Tucker's New Museum in New York)

1982: Le Nouveau Musée is housed in a former Jules Ferry school (11 rue Docteur Dolard) made available by the then Mayor of Villeurbanne, Charles Hernu
Creation of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Rhône-Alpes in Lyon

1998: Founding of the Institut d’art contemporain, result of the merging of Le Nouveau Musée with the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Rhône-Alpes (Rhône-Alpes Regional Contemporary Art Collection)

2006: Nathalie Ergino succeeded Jean Louis Maubant as IAC’s director

President: Jean-Patrice Bernard

IAC → IAC → Presentation
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