musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


14.11.2013 -> 16.02.2014


Anniversary - Exhibition


Between 1965 and 1995, the SIGMA Festival turned Bordeaux into a pivotal meeting-place for cultural avant-gardes and utopias in Europe. In France,  it spread the word about some of the most prominent figures in the American counter culture (the Living Theater, Bread & Puppet, the Barbwire Theater) and its counterpart in Europe (Arrabal, the Grand Magic Circus); it popularized the works of Silvano Bussoti, Webern, Varese, Xenakis, Sun Ra and Pierre Henry, and it got happenings (Jean-Jacques Lebel) and kinetic art (Nicolas Schöffer) to tub shoulders, not to mention Mondrian and the Pink Floyd. Television, design, ecology and cybernetics were all treated in exhibitions and lectures.

Every year Bordeaux became the forum for “research in all the arts”, and found itself at the hub of media attention for a whole week. Devised on the basis of and with the archives of its founder, Roger Lafosse, this exhibition revisits the magnetic aspect of this most colourful festival, which marked the city’s cultural history, its time and the recent history of festivals.


Project designed in collaboration with the Municipal Archives of the City of Bordeaux.


SIGMA, living archive, a conference organized by the research group of the EBABX-Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux, in tandem with the exhibition.


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