musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


23.11.2017 -> 25.02.2018


Retrospective 1965 - 2017

In the Nave of the museum.

An exhibition by the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Exhibition organised as part of the Year France-Colombia 2017.

This exhibition is recognized as being of "Intérêt national" by the "ministère de la Culture/Direction générale des  patrimoines/Service des musées de France". As such it benefits exceptionally from financial support from the French State.

It also receives the support of Catherine Petitgas

Acknowledgements : Galería Casas Riegner, Bogotá and Ana Sokoloff



Beatriz González, whose work was recently seen in Athens and Kassel during Documenta 14, is an emblematic and fundamental artist from the Latin American art scene who has left a mark on generations of artists and thinkers. Her work pushes the boundaries of painting by expanding the media employed and bringing together history, politics, humour, the private, and the public.

In 1964 she adopted a working process that has remained persistent in her work, involving the making of painting series that take images from the Colombian press as their starting point. Her archive of collected images shows to what extent her work is informed by popular imagery, constituting a fertile ground for research and art making from which folklore and the picturesque are extracted. Often using reporters' photographic work as a starting point, several works express the pain provoked by violence and death. Commenting on this aspect of González’s work, Boris Groys states that far from aiming towards neutrality through her appropriation of images from the press, "her painting remains personal and even intimate. She finds a way to turn the newspapers into her own personal, intimate diary – and also to make her own diary look political.” Beatriz González also shows an interest in the representation of popular culture icons, from sports stars to politicians or religious leaders, as well as representations of aboriginal cultures and Pre-Columbian art. Her pieces, presented as readymades, may take a range of different forms such as furniture or curtains. Forever active, the artist accompanies Colombia's strong social and political changes, and ironically describes herself as a "regional artist". 

Including paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures, and installations, this first extensive international retrospective of Beatriz González, gathers some 130 works  made between 1965 and 2017. 

Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
Architecture de l'exposition : Terence Gower & Estudio González 


Beatriz González (1936, Bucaramanga, Colombia) is an artist and educator based in Bogotá who deals with issues related to the historical and cultural situation of her country through drawing, painting, graphics, and sculpture.
She has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions at various institutions in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Her works are included in the collections of MoMa, Tate Modern, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Apart from Documenta 14 in 2017, she has taken part in the Venice Biennale of 1978 and the Sao Paulo Biennial of 1971.


-> Curator(s): María Inés Rodríguez
-> Artist(s): Beatriz González

-> Nave of the museum
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-> Price: Entrée du musée, 7 € (plein tarif) ; 4 € (tarif réduit)

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