musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


17.11.2016 -> 15.01.2017

Jef Geys

Le Tour de France 1969 d'Eddy Merckx

In the summer of 1969 Jef Geys decided to follow the Tour de France. A cycling enthusiast like so many of his countrymen, the Belgian artist photographed the stages of what was to be Eddy Merckx’s first victory of the Tour. On this occasion he produced a series of photographs that juxtapose multiple – i.e. sociological, geographical and artistic – realities. The photographs put the riders on an equal footing with fans and onlookers. The logos and advertisements in the cities hosting a stage of the race constitute the symbolic literature of the event. The points of view are those of the amateur – the true amateur who, through repetitive and rarely contented gestures, lacking the slightest aesthetic project and embodying the purest possible critical position, is a voyeur.



The exhibition will be hosted by several art centres and museums in France throughout 2016 and 2017.


Curators: Sylvie Boulanger and Francis Mary

Co-production: cneai, Chatou ; CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Les Bains-Douches, Alençon ; Centre d'art contemporain / Passages, Troyes ; IAC, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne ; Vog, centre d'art contemporain de la ville de Fontaine.




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-> Price: Museum Entrance, 6,50 € (full rate) ; 3,50 € (reduced rate)

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