Our Mission

French American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is a consortium of 30 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.

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.