CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux

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The CAPC building
The entrance on Rue Ferrere
The main hall
Richard Long's installation on the roof

The CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux), formerly Center d'arts plastiques contemporains (Center for Contemporary Fine Arts) or CAPC, is the museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, which was inaugurated in 1983.


The CAPC was founded in 1973 by Jean-Louis Froment, who was its director until 1996. By 1984 the CAPC became a multidisciplinary artistic production site and exhibition site for national and international artists from the emerging scene.

The CAPC is located in the former wool warehouse, which was built in 1822 and 1824 by the engineer Claude Deschamps . From 1975 the first traveling exhibitions were shown in France and around the world.

In 1984, when the importance of the works on display increased and interest in their preservation grew, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Bordeaux granted the CAPC the status of a museum of contemporary art. The warehouse was restored in 1979, 1983 and 1990 according to designs by Andrée Putman by the architects Valode and Pistre in three phases.

The building also houses a library and an information and events room that provides documents, audio and video documents related to contemporary art or architecture. In addition, the CAPC regularly hosts concerts, conferences or workshops.


The CAPC's first exhibition in 1973 was called “Looking Away” and presented the work of young artists ( Jean Otth , Gérard Titus-Carmel , Gina Pane and Claude Viallat). The success of this first exhibition opens the way for many artists:

  • Sarkis - Reserve of No Return, another exhibition in 2001
  • Mario Merz - La Goccia d'Acqua, 1987
  • Keith Haring , 1985 (the work Sans Titre in the CAPC elevator shaft is a gift from the artist to the museum from this exhibition)
  • Richard Long - Muddy Foot Line, 1990, Porge Forest Line, 1981, White Rock Line, 1990
  • Jannis Kounellis , 1985
  • Daniel Buren - Current Arguments, 1991


The focus of the collection is on works of conceptual art, Land Art and Arte Povera , each represented by artists such as Sol LeWitt and Daniel Buren, Claude Viallat, Richard Long and Mario Merz . There is also an important collection of works by Jean-Charles Blais, Tony Oursler , Wolfgang Tillmans and Spanish figurative artists, including works by Miquel Barceló . The collection consists of a thousand works representing 140 artists.

The works of the collection are traditionally displayed in the Foy Gallery, located in the building along Foy Street.

White Rock Line 

Richard Long's works can be found on the roof terrace of the CAPC, such as the White Rock Line from 1990, an outdoor installation of a line of 18 tons of white limestone, 40 meters long by 1.5 meters wide. This work was commissioned by the artist for the reopening of the CAPC after its renovation campaign in 1994.

White Rock Line symbolizes walking because all of his works are the essence of his own experience. "Walking is like drawing, time goes by", according to the artist.

Richard Long has made other installations at the CAPC, such as B. Floating Forests (1981), Stone Field (1989), Snake Circle (1991), Garonne Mud Circles (1990), Gironde Mud Circles.

Head of the CAPC

  • Jean-Louis Froment, from 1973 to 1996
  • Henry-Claude Cousseau, supported by Marie-Laure Bernadac from 1997 to 2000
  • Maurice Fréchuret, from 2001 to 2006
  • Charlotte Laubard from 2006 to 2014
  • Maria Inés Rodriguez Fernandez, since 2014

Web links

Commons : CAPC  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Le CAPC sur le site officiel de la ville de Bordeaux ( Memento of the original dated August 27, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. collectif: Même si c'est la nuit . 1994 (French).
  3. collectif: Masterpieces . 2007 (French).

Coordinates: 44 ° 50 ′ 53.2 "  N , 0 ° 34 ′ 18.5"  W.