Created in 1950, the Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC) was intended to support local artists in the difficult post-war period by commissioning works for public buildings, city squares and streets. Since its creation, it has acquired over 1500 works and collections of works and directed over 250 artistic projects on buildings and in public spaces. Neither a museum nor an art centre, the FMAC is nevertheless an integral part of the Geneva contemporary art network. It supports artists active in the region directly and contributes to the work of institutions, associations and galleries, as well as to certain alternative spaces, by acquiring works or lending them for shows in Switzerland and abroad. The FMAC collection grew in 2009 with the arrival of the Fonds André Iten (FAI), a video-art collection of over 2000 pieces inherited from the Centre pour l’image contemporaine.