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A collection is built up over a period of years and remains crucial for any museum institution. The works make time stand still, they construct stories, establish correspondences, make you think, and also dream.

In the age of the Internet, the play of surfaces and immediacy, they invite us to keep an open mind and listen out for the complexity of the world and contemplation. A reminder that museum collections are inalienable, thereby placing them in a space that is both symbolic and real. Paradoxically they raise the question both of eternity and of the present.

This new hanging of the collection presents artists of different generations and from different backgrounds, who use a broad range of media.

These last few years, some major works have been added to the collection, with the aim of building up sets around recognized artists like Sophie Calle, Peter Friedl, Suzanne Lafont, Jean-Luc Moulène and Walid Raad, and some emerging artists as well. Often these acquisitions are made in close conjunction  with the programme of exhibitions. The collection is added to through a commitment by the museum, but artists too make contributions through gifts, and loans to the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain.