musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Exposición // EVENTO 2011, Bordeaux's urban and artistic rendez-vous //

06.10.2011 -> 12.02.2012

Strange and close

A Museum as a Neighbourhood

Michelangelo Pistoletto, artistic director of EVENTO, together with the CAPC,  Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary art, are inviting the Van Abbemuseum of Einhoven to produce a new exhibition project, in the main space of the CAPC. The Bordeaux project is therefore conceived as an occasion for Van Abbemuseum to present and develop its new approach to the museum, exhibition making, the collection, and to the viewers’participation.



 The title of the exhibition comes from a terrible description of a breakdown in society that was delivered by Homi Bhabha in the Van Abbemuseum in 2007. For him, ‘’Strange and Close’’ is a way to understand the essential aspect of being neighbours. The title also offers a way to think about the relationships between the viewers and the artworks, as objects of gaze.

Strange and Close is an entangled exhibition in which art, archives, histories and futures are mixed and reformed. It asks how relationships across the globe and in the city changes with the processes of globalization that mark our current time. What animosities and competitions emerge? How do artists across the globe react? How do city societies reflect their histories and come to terms with other values and ways of seeing the world? Could we agree with Bhabha that ‘’Strange and Close’’ describes the nature of the critical relationship that binds us together human and goes beyond city, nation or continent?

Could it define our contemporary entanglements with others of all kinds - people, images, objects, histories and environments? Is it what we might look for when we look at art?

In the last years the Van Abbemuseum has worked intensively on developing the relationship with the visitors of the museum.  In Bordeaux, the aim is to share with CAPC’s educational team some of the experiments led in Eindhoven. The concept of the “neighbourhood” will allow to build new tools for mediation that will activate in different ways the participation of the viewers.

Strange and Close exhibits a selection of recent works from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum, among these, architectural artworks by Marjetica Potrc, Dan Peterman, Yael Bartana, Artur Zmijewski and by Absalon, the last one belonging to the collection of the CAPC. Videos by Chto Delat, Daniza Dakic, Harun Farocki, among others.

On the « Mezzanine » surrounding the main space of the CAPC, artworks by Akram Zaatari, Nedko Solakov, Aydan Murtezaoglu and historical works by Michelangelo Pistoletto.




-> Curator(s): Charles Esche, Galit Eilat

-> Grande nef and mezzanines of the Entrepôt
-> Acceso para personas discapacitadas
-> Patrocinador(es): The Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in France.
-> Promoter: EVENTO

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