musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


12.07.2019 -> 22.09.2019

Jean Pierre Raynaud

Off-site exhibition

Que chacun enchante sa prison

As part of the cultural season Liberté ! Bordeaux 2019


Off-site exhibition and at the CAPC

Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
• From 12 July to 1 September 2019

Espace Saint Rémi, Jardin Botanique and CAPC
• From 12 July to 22 September 2019


L’Art à perpétuité [Art for Life], a collection of aphorisms published by Jean Pierre Raynaud in 2017, is a good illustration of this artist’s paradoxical relationship to the notion of freedom: a notion he sees as lying somewhere between vocation and coercion, commitment and imprisonment. A good example of this is La Maison [The House], the ever-evolving house in La Celle Saint-Cloud near Paris which the artist designed, and in which he lived from 1969. Nevertheless, he would later “liberate” the house from its old form, and give it a new one: namely, a thousand surgical steel containers with the remnants of the building, which were exhibited in 1993 in the nave of the CAPC in Bordeaux. Indeed, a large number of these containers are currently being reexhibited by the artist, beneath William Bouguereau’s painted ceilings in the sumptuous Salon Boireau at the Grand-Théâtre in Bordeaux. In the Salon Lalande, there will be a screening of La Maison [The House], the 1993 film in which Michelle Porte documented this singular project.

Rarely exhibited in France, the installation Manifeste [Manifest] (1984) is composed of impeccably aligned rows of beds made up with spotless white sheets, each with a white canvas intersected with fine black lines hung above it. This installation will find a setting particularly conducive to queries on life, liberty, and art – queries which beset the artist’s entire body of work – in the nave of the Espace Saint-Rémi; a former church, built between the 11th and 15th centuries.

Cosying up to the water plants in the Jardin Botanique, the monumental Pot 815 (1968) – an icon of contemporary art – plays upon the various vistas on display within the gardens, and can be interpreted as a radical self-portrait of the artist. An industrial object originally designed to hold soil, Jean Pierre Raynaud’s flowerpots do not, however, contain mulch capable of sustaining plant life. The cement which fills them is the assertion of an artistic identity forged in resistance and ceaseless questioning.

Finally, the CAPC will exhibit Dépoli [Frosted] (1991), a book-object which invites the viewer to question the interior and the exterior – what’s on the inside, and what’s on the outside – alongside the mirrored text of the aphorism Que chacun enchante sa prison [Art for Life], which gives this off-site exhibition its name.

Following on the heels of Richard Long in 2017, Jean Pierre Raynaud thus represents another major figure in contemporary art who will feature as part of the cultural season Liberté ! Bordeaux 2019, and whose work will be the focus of an off-site exhibition marrying several key pieces from the CAPC’s collection with various locations around the city.

Curator: Anne Cadenet


Jean-Pierre Raynaud was born in 1939 at Courbevoie (France).
He lives and works in Paris.


The CAPC would like to thank :
Linda and Guy Pieters for their loan,
The Pro-Mousse company for its support during the restoration of the Manifeste installation, 
The teams of the Grand-Théâtre, the Jardin Botanique, and the Espace Saint-Rémi for their invaluable assistance.


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Opening times and Admission fees:

Grand-Théâtre (place de la Comédie)
• Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30am to 6:30pm. Closed on Mondays
• Fee: 9,5 €; reduced 5 €. Reduced rate for holders of a CAPC entrance ticket

Espace Saint-Rémi (4 rue Jouannet)
• Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays
• Free admission

Jardin Botanique (esplanade Linné)
• Every day from 8am to 8pm
• Free admission

CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (7 rue Ferrère)
• Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, until 8pm every second Wednesday of the month. Closed on Mondays
• Fee: 7 €; reduced 4 €. Free admission for holders of a Grand-Théâtre entrance ticket 



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