François Quintin is the Director of Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette and Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris. He was previously Director of Gallery Xippas and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and curator at Fondation Cartier.
Founded in October 2013, Lafayette Anticipations – Galeries Lafayette Corporate Foundation will open its doors in autumn 2017 in the Marais district of Paris. Designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the architectural firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, the facility will be one of the largest production and presentation spaces in Europe. This public interest foundation aims to support contemporary artists and creative work in general. This new institution is also open to design and fashion, recognising the unique minds of all creatives in their ability to not only participate in social change, but also anticipate it. Lafayette Anticipations is structured around its production activity. It is the ﬁrst multidisciplinary centre of its kind in France. As a place of experimentation and fundamental research, it offers artists, creatives, designers and performers unique conditions and tools for developing prototypes, implementing projects and taking their work in new directions. In addition to exhibitions, a variety of transmission forums give tangibility to the creative process and facilitate exchanges between artists and the public, making the foundation a place of production, reception and active sharing.