musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

The Collection


As a supervised museum since 1984, then given the Musée de France label in 2003, the CAPC musée d’art contemporain has put together a collection of 1,299 works by 189 artists, including, on the one hand, acquisitions and purchases , and, on the other, works on permanent loan from the MNAM (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou), by the FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Comtemporain), plus those from the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, as well as loans from artists and collectors. They attest to meetings and exchanges between artists, the venue, and the museum’s different directors.

The CAPC has no permanent exhibition of its collection but seven site-specific works by Christian Boltanski, Keith Haring, Richard Long and Max Neuhaus are on permanent display.


History of the collection

With acquisitions and gifts they have at times strengthened the historical and quintessential themes of this collection (the last great avant-gardes: Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Supports/Surfaces…) and at others encouraged a new generation of artists whose works renew the praxis of art while questioning various aspects of the societal model. Let us mention, for example, the gallery owner Jean Fournier who gave several major works, including a Simon Hantaï and a Joan Mitchell painting. The history of the museum’s collection thus illustrates what was and what is currently happening in the emerging art scene.

The collection’s major historical works come for the most part from the CAPC’s ground-breaking shows. They show a preference for research undertaken by artists from the late 1960s and the early 1970s (Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Wolfgang Laib, Richard Serra) and are marked by a development of thinking about art, pointing to a challenge raised in relation to art praxes and the very status of the artwork (Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Long). Bruce Nauman’s works test the body and introduce the issue of boundaries, and of video and works as activity.

The context of  the contemporary art market crisis in France in the late 1960s encouraged the emergence of groups like BMPT (Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni) and Supports/Surfaces, represented in the collection by Bioulés, Dezeuze, Viallat, and  Pagès.  They were all involved in a problem set aimed at “dismantling the mechanism of the act of painting as a strict act of laying paint on a surface”.

On the other hand, with Figuration libre in France, very well represented as it is in the museum’s collections (François Boisrond, Robert Combas, Jean Charles Blais and Hervé Di Rosa), and Spanish artists like José Maria Sicilia and Miquel Barcelo, the 1980s saw a return to the pleasure of painting on grand format surfaces.

Nicolas Bourriaud’s exhibition Traffic, held in 1996, steered acquisitions towards young artists with a preference for relational aesthetics and user-friendly systems (Andrea Zittel, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Philippe Parreno, Liam Gillick). Other more intimist works coming from a generation of artists marked by Aids, railed against and attested, through photographic recording of privacy and otherness, to a life on the sidelines of the model (Nan Goldin, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Absalon…).

For the past three years, the CAPC collection has also been tantamount to a rereading of modernity and the avant-garde movements of the 1970s, through a new generation of artists, with the collections taking in works by Guillaume Leblon, Diego Perrone, Vincent Lamoureux and Vittorio Santoro…

Recent shows highlighting the articulation between art and popular culture are triggering a new area of collection enrichment, forming a coherent selection of works either acquired or on permanent loan (Stéphane Dafflon, Olaf Breuning, Bruno Peinado, Dewar&Gicquel…)

The history of the CAPC collection is also that of the links which unite the place to the Bordeaux art scene, by helping with the production of artists living in the region (Buy-Sellf, Laurent Le Deunff, Benoît Maire, Damien Mazières, Perav Prod, Présence Panchounette, Chantal Raguet, Jean Sabrier and Jean-Paul Thibeau).

Artists in the Collection

AA Bronson, Absalon, Pep Agut, Tonet Amoros, Michel Aubry, Jean-Baptiste Audat, Richard Baquié, Miquel Barceló, Pierre Barès, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Philippe Bent, Jacques Bernar, Richard Billingham, Vincent Bioulès, Jean-Charles Blais, David Boeno, François Boisrond, Christian Boltanski, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Xavier Boussiron, Edouard Boyer, Olaf Breuning, Jean-Pierre Bruneaud, Francis Bugarin, Angela Bulloch, Pierre Buraglio, Daniel Buren, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Claude Caillol, CAPCmusée, Maurizio Cattelan, Clegg & Guttmann, Philippe Cognée, Robert Combas, Pascal Convert, Enzo Cucchi, Noël Cuin, Stéphane Dafflon, Cathy De Monchaux, Philippe Decrauzat, Alexandre Delay, Marie-Céline Delibiot, Wim Delvoye, Patrick des Gachons, Dewar & Gicquel, Daniel Dezeuze, Hervé Di Rosa, Noël Dolla, Clarisse Doussot, Monika Droste, Franck Eon, Malachi Farrell, Serge Fauchier, Bernard Faucon, Richard Fauguet, Philippe Favier, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Peter Fischli, Alicia Framis, Hamish Fulton, Aiden & Agnès Fynch, Dominique Gauthier, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, Nan Goldin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Toni Grand, Joseph Grigely, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Ramon Guillen-Balmes, Peter Halley, Simon Hantai, Keith Haring, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jenny Holzer, Fabrice Hyber, Christina Iglesias, Jim Isermann, Richard Jackson, Louis Jammes, Jérôme Joy, Anne-Marie Jugnet, Anish Kapoor, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Eddie Ladoire, Claude Lagoutte, Wolfgang Laib, Vincent Lamouroux, Luc Lauras, Bertrand Lavier, Laurent Le Deunff, Loïc Le Groumellec, Guillaume Leblon, François Lebret, Les Inflamables, Les ready-made appartiennent à tout le monde ®, Alain Lestié, Natacha Lesueur, Claude Lévêque, Sherrie Levine, Mark Lewis, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Marcelle Loubchansky, Stéphane Magnin, Benoît Maire, Michel Majerus, Didier Marcel, François Martin, Damien Mazieres, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Mario Merz, Annette Messager, Jean-Michel Meurice, Thierry Michelet, Nicolas Milhé, Joan Mitchell, Pierre Molinier, Olivier Mosset, Thierry Mouillé, Antoni Muntadas, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Dennis Oppenheim, Tony Oursler, Bernard Pagès, Philippe Parreno, Anne-Marie Pécheur, Bruno Peinado, Perav Prod, Diego Perrone, Mick Peter, Dan Peterman, Jack Pierson, Bernard Piffaretti, Guillaume Poulain, Marie-Françoise Poutays, Présence Panchounette, Chantal Raguet, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Yves Reynier, Guy Rombouts, Georges Rousse, Ed Ruscha, Claude Rutault, David Ryan, Jean Sabrier, Vittorio Santoro, Sarkis, Arsène Savadov, Claude Serpaggi, Richard Serra, Andrès Serrano, José-María Sicilia, Susana Solano, Meredyth Sparks, Stalker, Peter Stampfli, Haim Steinbach, Jessica Stockholder, Szacsva y Pal, Jean-Paul Thibeau, Philippe Thomas, Gérald Thupinier, Wolfgang Tillmans, Niele Toroni, Patrick Tosani, Rosemarie Trockel, Tatiana Trouvé, Luc Tuymans, Johannes Van der Beek, Jan Vercruysse, Claude Viallat, Kelley Walker, Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner, David Weiss, Andrea Zittel, Marthe Wery.
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