musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


10.02.2011 -> 04.12.2011

The Château

Collection of the CAPC

château!  That’s how children often see the CAPC, the museum of contemporary art housed in a monumental former port warehouse, constructed at the beginning of the 19th century here in Bordeaux. This warehouse with its network of stone stairways and vaulted corridors appears to them like a sightless and labyrinthine fortress. It was this observation that led to the new organisation of the collection: an original arrangement of works from the museum’s collection designed as an initiation rite that tackles questions associated with learning.


The hanging arrangements of the museum’s collections are periodically modified for a number of reasons: around a theme uniting a particular group of works, for example, or regarding the historical origins of certain pieces of work, or in accordance with a more formal approach, provoking scholarly or visual connections.           

In this exhibition, it is the works that spark the questions.  The approach we propose is the following: you look, and you forget everything you know. Why?  Because the exhibition should be understood through the eyes of a child.  Unlike adults, the children who come to the museum don’t understand and interpret what they see through a pre-learnt conception of art history with its scales of values and prejudices.  First and foremost attentive to what they discover, children show enormous curiosity for the works on show, which they observe and analyse extremely directly – often asking highly relevant questions.                    

Throughout this exhibition, the entire viewing public will go through the same process: starting from the principle that we know nothing about the work, what do we see? What do we grasp?  What do we understand? And what do we do with what we have learned? The adult visitors will need to forget what they know in order to look with new eyes. This is especially true in the field of contemporary art, which evolves through successive theoretical strata, and whose observable indicators – forms, materials, codes and languages – change continually.        

The Château exhibition consists of a circuit of thirteen rooms, given order and rhythm by the offerings of the twenty artists and based on notions such as the work and the real, the material and its simulacrum, mental or materialised representation, inscription in space, the memory, the metaphor of a project.  But these are only a handful of the possible approaches to the exhibition: the works are here, irreducible.  They offer other ways of seeing, other possible worlds.  How should they be approached?  By freeing oneself from what we think we know, and like children, daring to meet the works face-to-face on a more attentive and intuitive level.       

We enter a Château, but if the exhibition allows the works to fully express themselves, we leave a Museum.


-> Artist(s): Richard Baquié, Christian Boltanski, Philippe Decrauzat, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Fabrice Hyber, Anne-Marie Jugnet, Laurent Le Deunff, Guillaume Leblon, Philippe Parreno, Diego Perrone, Dan Peterman, Présence Panchounette, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Sarkis, Tatiana Trouvé, Johannes Van Der Beek, Kelley Walker, Lawrence Weiner, Heimo Zobernig. Guest: Dennis Oppenheim. Ghost: Georges Rousse.

-> Galerie Foy, second étage
-> Price: 5€, 2,5€
-> Jeune Public
-> Partner(s): Air France, 20 Minutes, Wit FM

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