5 Oct 2011 1 Jan 2012



Tripostal, Lille

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The Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP)
and lille3000 are teaming up for first time to
present the exhibition COLLECTOR, which will take
up residence for three months at the Tri Postal in

The COLLECTOR exhibition will be drawn from the
collections of the CNAP. This striking presentation
of artistic creation from over the past 40 years will
bring together a broad selection of works by artists
of the French and international scene. COLLECTOR
is conceived of as a voyage through the history of
modern and contemporary art while covering a
whole range of themes, from the place of the artist
to the status of the object and images in society. For
the occasion, the works will be displayed in an open
and de-categorised reading of the CNAP collections,
combining art, photography and design.
For two centuries, the State has historically been
the biggest collector of the art of its time, gradually
constituting our common heritage. In this respect,
one of the key tasks of the CNAP is to augment
and promote this public collection. COLLECTOR
therefore refers to both this collection and the event
itself, in its novel and exceptional character.

The exhibition will be particularly attentive to
making contemporary art accessible to all publics,
providing visitors with keys to understanding the
works of today.

The Tripostal was transformed during Lille 2004
European Capital of Culture, truly becoming a
stand out cultural and artistic venue. It offers both a
friendly atmosphere – with performances, clubbing,
bar, children’s space, birthdays – and a cutting edge

COLLECTOR is presented by the Centre national
des arts plastiques and lille3000, with support from
the City of Lille.
Exhibition curator: Centre national des arts plastiques.



1. Maurizio Cattelan - Sans titre, 1997
© Maurizio Cattelan/CNAP/photo : galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

2. Pierre Jospeh - Paintballers 1 (Personnage à réactiver), 1992

3. Olaf Breuning - Smiley, 2000
© Courtesy Olaf Breuning et Galerie Ars Futura/CNAP