Joseph Cornell and the Surrealists in New York

An exhibition held under the auspices of FRAME

FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange) fosters cultural cooperation among twenty-six of the largest French regional museums in France and in North America (U.S.A. and Canada) federated in this network.

FRAME was founded in 1999 by Elizabeth Rohatyn, wife of Felix Rohatyn, Ambassador of the United States of America in France from 1997 to 2000, with the support of Francoise Cachin, Director of the Musées de France at this period. 

FRAME is a non-profit organization under American law (501c3) and the first permanent bilateral exchanges program which is designed from partnerships between its members. FRAME helps to facilitate the organization of exhibitions, education programs and encourage exchanges among the professional teams of its museums.

Joseph Cornell and the Surrealists in New York  : an exhibition held under the auspices of FRAME

Since its creation, fifteen exhibitions have been held under the auspices of FRAME attracting over 2.5 million visitors. They highlight major or previously unexplored aspects of art history in order to advance scholarly research while addressing a large audience on both sides of the Atlantic.

These exhibitions promote the circulation of rarely loaned masterpieces, such as Joseph Cornell boxes in the collections of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, the Musée of Grenoble, and the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain in Strasbourg, all FRAME member museums within the FRAME network. Important loans are also coming from tour partner, the Fralin Museum of Art. In addition, the Musée Cantini in Marseille, the Fine Arts Museums in Nantes, Rennes and Rouen, also FRAME member museums, are lenders of the exhibition too.

Jospeh Cornell was a major figure in the international surrealist scene, and in post-war European and American Art.  FRAME supported  the exhibition 1945-1949 - Starting from scratch, as if painting had never existed before (Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2008), and is likewise delighted to support this new international exhibition. It is the first to focus on Joseph Cornell’s work in the context of surrealism, and first to be presented by a French museum, more than thirty years after the travelling monographic exhibition of 1980-1981 (New York-Paris).

Within the framework of the American phase of the exhibition, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (VMFA) will host, as a member of FRAME, an important conference that will be provided in France by the Institut national d’Histoire de l’Art  (InHA).

With the assistance of FRAME, the exhibition of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and the Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia Art Museums is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

In France, the action of FRAME is supported by the association FRAME Développement (Law 1901)  whose purpose is to seek  sponsorships and to forge partnerships in order to help French museums to develop their projects held under the auspices of FRAME. The press conference of the exhibition Joseph Cornell was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 organized under the patronage of the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris through FRAME Développement.

FRAME member museums

-The Cleveland Museum of Art
-The Dallas Museum of Art
-The Denver Art Museum
-Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
-Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
-The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
-The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
-Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
-The Portland Art Museum
-Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-The Saint Louis Art Museum
-The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
-Williamstown, Clark Art Institute

-Musée des beaux-arts de Bordeaux
-Musée des beaux-arts de Dijon
-Musée de Grenoble
-Palais des beaux-arts de Lille
-Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon
-Musées de Marseille
-Musée Fabre de Montpellier
-Musée des beaux-arts de Nantes
-Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes
-Musées de Rouen
-Musées de Strasbourg
-Musée des Augustins de Toulouse
-Musée des beaux-arts de Tours