La Fayette : Database of American Art

The Louvre puts online on the FRAME website its La Fayette database on United States artists from the French national collections, 1620-1940.

© The La Fayette database went online on June 13, 2006, and was reviewed from October 2009 to May 2010. Update: January-May 2014

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Current exhibition

Joseph Cornell and the Surrealists

FRAME’s current exhibition,  Joseph Cornell and Surrealism has now opened at the Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia.  It runs until June 8th, 2014.

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FRAME welcomes new member, the Detroit Institute of Arts & FRAME in North America has a new home in Richmond, VA 













Caravaggio and His Legacy

RECENTLY CLOSED AT THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM IN HARTFORD, CAPPING A 4-VENUE TOUR: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in conjunction with the Musée Fabre, Montpellier and the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse co-organized and presented an exhibition devoted to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610).

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Our Mission

French Regional American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is a consortium of 26 major museums in France and North America that promotes cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. FRAME fosters partnerships among its member museums to develop innovative exhibitions, educational and public programs, and professional exchanges among museum staff, and maintains a bi-lingual website to reach global audiences.

Major FRAME initiatives include critically-acclaimed traveling exhibitions. THE MOURNERS, which completed a European tour in 2013 following a 7-city U.S. tour (2010-2012). Following the opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these rare Burgundian masterpieces from Dijon then traveled to 6 FRAME museums. Over 500,000 visitors experienced this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition in the U.S., which was accompanied by a richly illustrated scholarly catalogue. CARAVAGGIO AND HIS LEGACY, 2012-2013, was enjoyed by 425,000 visitors in Toulouse and Montpellier, France, Los Angeles, CA and Hartford, CT. This remarkable FRAME collaboration realized a critical and popular success for the exhibition and the accompanying scholarly catalogues in French and English, with the majority of loans from FRAME member museums. JOSEPH CORNELL AND THE SURREALISTS, co-organized by FRAME member the Musée des Beaux-arts de Lyon and the Fralin Museum of Art, was on display in Lyon and opened on March 6th, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA with a symposium hosted by FRAME member, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Education Spotlight

  • Talking Art

    TALKING ART is a successful example of how collaboration between FRAME museums fosters the sharing of ideas, resources, and professional exchange. ... more

  • Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon

    Art & Music at the Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyon

    As part of an educational project called « Art and Music » a collaboration between the Dallas Museum of Art, The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and ... more

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    Art and The Court of Burgundy

    Explore art of medieval France in “The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy”. ... more

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