musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


19.05.2018 -> 28.10.2018

Danh Vo

Site specific installation for the Nave of the museum.

Following the site-specific projects created since 2015, by Leonor Antunes, Rosa Barba or Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, we are proud and honored to invite this year Danh Vo for a new commission.



Danh Vo's site-specific sculpture installation for the monumental, emblematic space of the main hall of the CAPC ("La Nef") is divided into four sections. Together they reflect a working method based on associations between elements from the many collections that the artist builds up over time relating to each of his projects. Not only do they highlight connections between personal and collective histories, they also embody an investigation of the relationship between the artworks and the architecture and memory of the building that is home to the Bordeaux museum of contemporary art: the historic Entrepôt Lainé.

Referencing both a cathedral and a storage facility, the arrangement of objects in the hall invites visitors to stroll through the exhibition and build their own narrative. Out of these individual narratives, a communal story silently emerges.

The use of marble as the predominant and spectacular material for the installation harks back to a journey to Rome made by the artist and the art historian Patricia Falguières, who specialises in the cultural history of the Renaissance. They began in the ancient capital of the Roman Empire, then travelled to the Carrara marble quarries: a journey through time that took them back to the mineral sources of art.

The importance of manual work involved in quarrying and cutting marble was a source of fascination for the artist, who has risen to the challenge of using it, not by sculpting it but by arranging these impressive fragments of various ages in space, referencing both our place in the geological history of the world and the human endeavour involved in using it. These marble blocks, most of which were quarried in the 1930s, are used to display photographs of hands sculpted by Michelangelo: the left hand of Christ, the right hand of David, the left hand of David, the right hand of Moses, the right hand of Moses, and the right hand of Giuliano de Medici.

Through its monumentality and the sheer weight of the thirty blocks, which weigh between 1 and 21 tons, Danh Vo's installation evokes a particular relationship with power and thus, in a way, masculinity, though it more precisely reflects an interest in the fluctuating nature of these concepts and an exploration of the loss of the attributes with which they are associated.

As the artist reminds us, we alone are responsible for our choices, and we alone decide whether or not to assume the roles that society all too often seeks to ascribe to us.

As we look at the installation, this is also what happens to our aesthetic perception. Faced with an artwork that points to relationships between elements that are sometimes contradictory, we have to develop our own interpretation by articulating a personal narrative.


Curator: María Inés Rodríguez



Danh Vo  (b. 1975, Bà Ria, Vietnam) studied at the Städelschule of Frankfurt, Germany and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen, Denmark.

His work has been presented in the context of numerous exhibitions in the most prestigious international institutions including: Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York (2018), National Gallery Singapore (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2015); Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2014); Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013); Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2012-2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012); National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2012, 2010); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009); MoMA, New York (2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Nerherlands (2008); Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2006).

He also participated in the Shanghai Biennial in 2012 and the Biennale di Venezia in 2013 and 2015. He was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize 2012 and nominated for the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art of Berlin in 2009. He also received the BlauOrange Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken of Berlin in 2007.



Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 6 pm

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This exhibition receives the exceptional support
of our Honorary patron, Château Haut-Bailly

It is also supported by Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Acknowledgements to Josef Dalle Nogare, Cherise & Christian Moueix and Kvadrat®



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