Elfi Turpin at the head of Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA

Elfi Turpin (47 years old) will take up her duties on September 1st as head of the Frac-MÉCA in Bordeaux. She succeeds Claire Jacquet, who has held the position since 2007 and has been the general director of the EESAB (European School of Art of Brittany) since March 2024.

After studying art history, Elfi Turpin was an independent curator in France and abroad for various institutions dedicated to contemporary art. Elfi Turpin has been the director of the Rhenish Center for Contemporary Art (CRAC Alsace) (Altkirch) since 2012. She has organized group and solo exhibitions such as the exhibition on Beatriz Santiago Muñoz in 2023 and on Liv Schulman in 2021. In 2021-2022, she directed the curatorship of the Coimbra Contemporary Art Biennale (Portugal) with Filipa Oliveira. Elfi Turpin was co-president of the DCA network (French Association for the Development of Contemporary Art Centers) from 2021 to 2023.

The Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine is now located at the Maison de l’économie créative et de la culture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine (MÉCA), a new cultural complex (created in 2019) located on the banks of the Garonne in the Euratlantique district of Bordeaux. The Frac-MÉCA has 4,600 m2 divided into exhibition rooms, reserves and rooms dedicated to experimenting with actions with artists, professionals and the public. The Frac has a collection of 1,200 works and offers 2 to 3 major exhibitions each year.

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