musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


31.05.2012 -> 02.09.2012


A selection of works from the CAPC and Société Générale collections

The Make-up exhibition was constituted from a selection of works from the Société Générale collection, associated with a few pieces from the CAPC collection. Displayed in the ground floor gallery of the museum, this exhibition is the second opus of the collaboration between the CAPC and Société Générale, a follow-up to Pour une méthodologie d’accrochage Feng Shui, which took place at the CAPC in 2008.


The choice of artwork that presides over the elaboration of the Make-up exhibition is deliberately ‘painting’-oriented. It explores the multiplicity of the surface effects that is inherent in contemporary painting, and approaches certain issues linked to the question of contemporary representations, while also serving as an ‘echo chamber’ to the Michel Majerus retrospective presented in the nave of the CAPC during the same period.

In English, make-up is used in its cosmetic sense, but it also means ‘composition,’ or ‘page setting,’ – three notions around which the exhibition is structured. In the literal sense, painting and make-up proceed from the same gesture: applying pigmented matter on a surface to protect it and endow it with decorative or representational qualities, whether metaphorical, conceptual, or figurative.

In their attempt to deconstruct pictorial language, the artists of the 1960s emphasized the intentions and consequences imposed by the act of covering a surface with pigment. And yet, in the covering and uncovering strategies that have run through the history of painting, from its mythological origins to its current forms, painting has never ceased to say that it is both a means of showing and hiding, just like make-up. Therefore, each work presented in the exhibition offers an insight on the link between ‘paint’ and ‘face paint,’ and proposes to explore the repressed dimension of the emotional, mental, and formal qualities of colour, by highlighting what it makes visible.


Société Générale
The Contemporary Art Collection

Created in 1995, the Contemporary Art Collection of the Société Générale has now acquired over 350 original works of art and 700 lithographs. It represents an overview of plastic creation from the late 1970s until today. Since 2004, the acquisitions have concentrated on more recent contemporary creation, centred around three media: painting – abstract for the most part –, sculpture, and photography.

Among the artists represented, here are some of the most famous: Andy Warhol, Pierre Alechinsky, Valérie Belin, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Philippe Cognée, Stéphane Couturier, Olivier Debré, Thomas Demand, Barry Flanagan, Bernard Frize, Raymond Hains, Imi Knoebel, Bertrand Lavier, François Morellet, Aurélie Nemours, Thomas Ruff, Pierre Soulages, Wang Du, Zao Wou-Ki.

This commitment in favour of contemporary art grew stronger in 2004, when it became an established patronage policy. The works of the Collection are therefore regularly exhibited in reference museums, in France and abroad. When exhibited on the premises of the bank’s headquarters, the artwork also becomes part of the employees’ environment and occasions many art-oriented educational actions in their favour.


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Société Générale is a partner of the Michel Majerus exhibition.


-> Artist(s): John Baldessari, Martin Barré, Olaf Breuning, Philippe Chancel, Alan Charlton, Robert Combas, Stéphane Couturier, Stéphane Dafflon, Philippe Decrauzat, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Imi Knoebel, Robert Mangold, Jonathan Monk, Olivier Mosset, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Niele Toroni, Andy Warhol, Isabelle Waternaux.

-> Galerie Foy, rez-de-chaussée
-> Disabled access
-> Price: Entrance of the museum : 5 € - 2,50 € (reduce rate)

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