2014 // Support of Dan Finsel’s and Carter Mull’s exhibition


Carter Mull puts the visitors face to a dense installation combining paintings, luminous sculptures hanging from the ceiling, a video, a mural drawing 7 metres long and hundreds of pages laid on the floor. Strong couleurs, logos, typefaces and screen shots of online shops for hipsters make up the meticulous pictural matter of the artist, through which he questions the status and the production of consumer goods and art.

More information here


First personal exhibition in Europe for the American artist Dan Finsel (born in 1982, lives in Los Angeles), Becoming Her, for Him, for Her: Becoming Him, for Her, for She (Becoming Me, for Me, for Me.) lays the radical base for an intense visual and psychological universe that explores in a corrosive and emotional manner family mythologies and frenetic multiple personality troubles in today’s Los Angeles.

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2013 // Support of the Markus Schinwald exhibition


The CAPC’s nave is plunged in darkness. A gigantic brass tubular structure straddles the space. Painted skies and retouched portraits hanging on wires are being as if launched into the void. The walls are covered with Brinjal. Tumblers play chess and children’s puppets bang the metal tips of their shoes on the floor. A spiral Eiffel stairway links the floor and the ceiling, 45 feet high. Large hangings hide the architecture, a double mirror projection of the film Orient spins in a loop and looks at itself from a huge triangular bench which cuts the nave in four. A false ceiling with holes in it lets through a purplish light, while a figure on a suspended diving board vibrates with the variations of light. Welcome inside Markus Schinwald’s mechanical theatre. A space made to measure for the CAPC’s nave, which gropes as much as it traps.

The Friends of the CAPC support this important exhibition.

More information on the exhibition here


2013 // Support of the Orientation Table cycle


The orientation tables are exhibition of young artists over a three-year cycle.
They give an idea of what is currently happening in the artistic field.

The Friends of the CAPC support this cycle all throughout 2013.

Past exhibitions in
Raphael Hefti “Nature More”
Philip Newcombe “Pollen”

David Lieske “Platitude Normale”
Pauline Boudry et Renate Lorenz “Aftershow”

Michael E. Smith


Ticket Mécène

Garait Leavenworth
Unprecedented in France, the Ticket Mécène® operation launched by the CAPC contemporary art museum of Bordeaux is a campaign of mobilization for the enrichment of public collections. The CAPC’s visitors are invited to become benefactors of the collection, establishing a direct link between the citizen and the museum.
Unique in France, this system integrates the new ideas of “crowd funding” in the artistic sphere and adds to the usual process of acquisitions and enrichment of collections.
It allows the public at large to get directly involved in the life of a collection.
The CAPC proposes a special additional contribution of a minimum of 3€, with the entrance ticket to the museum.
With Ticket Mécène, the visitor leaves with a symbolic piece of the artwork and becomes the generous benefactor of the CAPC. The visual of the artwork is made up of a “magnet puzzle” poster. Each visitor-contributor is given a piece of the magnet, that is to say a “piece of the work” that he may choose.
Each donor is kept informed of the operation by email (overtaking of symbolic thresholds, finalisation of the campaign, rendez-vous). At the end of the campaign, all the donors, big and small, are invited to the presentation of the artwork at the museum, with a moment of conviviality, a conference, a presentation by the artist, a drink, etc.
In collaboration with the Friends of the CAPC who match every euro given by the public, the donation is multiplied by two.
This artwork, purchased from the Bordeaux gallery Cortex Athletico, supports the cultural actors of the territory.

Download the press dossier for the Ticket Mécène operation here 
More information here

Other actions of support


2010 // Funding of the online archives of the CAPC devoted to Jean-Paul Thibeau

Mise en page 1 

In December 2007, Jean-Paul Thiveau deposits part of his archives at the CAPC museum of contemporary art. Brought together in a green metal trunk, it is made up of drawing books, photographs, naturalised animals, various traces and finds a legitimate place next to the 30 artworks of the artist belonging to the CAPC’s collection and in the Library where there are many traces of his personal and collective exhibitions held here from 1974 to 1996.

Mise en page 1

Discover the archives here 

2010 // Funding of the online archives of the CAPC devoted to Harald Szeemann

Juillet 2010 Table de décantation en cours d'élaboration

The exhibition Harald Szeemann : le penseur sauvage, held at the CAPC’s library, was developed from a selection of the museum archives. It attested to the successive invitations extended by the CAPC to this extraordinary artworld figure. Some of these documents are presented there.

Discover the archives here

 2009 // Funding of a plaque devoted to the museum’s partners

Collaborations with artists

2013 // collaboration with Fabien Vallos and Jérémie Gaulin for the organisation of the Banquet


In 2013, the Friends of the CAPC launched their first edition of their Banquet, that has become an annual event. For the 2013 edition, the Friends of the CAPC invited Fabien Vallos and Jérémie Gaulin to imagine the concept to the evening.

More information here


2008 // funding of the restoration of Yona Friedman’s films


On the occasion of his exhibition Tu ferais ta ville, created by the CAPC contemporary art museum and arc en rêve centre d’architecture.


2004 // creation of a limited edition of a poster by the artists Fischli & Weiss

Hors d'oeuvre

Poster distributed free to the public on the occasion of the opening Hors d’oeuvre : ordre et désordre de la nourriture, at the CAPC contemporary art museum.

Affiche Fischli&Weiss

Limited edition of 50 signed posters, sold by the Friends of the CAPC

More information here



2013 // Support to the cycle of conferences thought up by François Cusset

Thinking… To see
What the critic tells us today


François Cusset invites 8 major intellectuals to speak at the CAPC. Eight conference-events, to experiment directly with the power of evocation, elucidation and revelation linked to contemporary critical thought. Eight thinkers, to sse the world differently whilst renewing with the etymology of the word “theory”, the theorein, that was used by the Greeks to qualify the aptitude et see what is to come, what is new. Eight voices to rethink utopia, emotion, resemblance, sex, debt, the body, the brain and politics in a new light.
Professor at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre, former director of the Bureau du Livre Français at New York, radio and newspaper columnist, François Cusset is the author of several essays of reference, such as French Theory and The Decade (La Découverte, 2003 and 2006). As well as a first novel, published in the Autumn of 2012 with P.O.L. editions: A l’abri du déclin du monde.
28.02.2013 – 18:00
21.03.2013 – 19:00
Memory and utopia at the turn of the 21st century
17.04.2013 – 19:00
Family resemblance : a philosophical and aesthetic secession
22.05.2013 – 19:00
Emotional brain and plasticity
5.06.2013 – 19:00
Seeing the genre / seeing the sex
16.10.2013 – 19:00
The economy of infinite debt
20.11.2013 – 19:00
Vulnerability and resistance: towards a new political body
4.12.2013 – 19:00
Our world, our time?

2011 // Support to the cycle of conferences on the Traffic exhibition


Proposed by Nicolas Bourriaud, the exhibition Traffic was shown at the CAPC from January to March 1996. At a time when “relational aesthetics” was finding its theoretical reasoning, the exhibition became a live expression of it.

Fifteen years later, the CAPC looks back on this event and proposed to build an archive a posteriori of the event, retracing the History of the exhibition through speech. All throughout the year different personnalities will be invited to speak about what they have seen and done in Traffic

2009 // Support to the cultural program “Les Promesses de l’Ecran”


La Promesse de l’écran is a retractable screening device proposed by Pierre Leguillon since 2007. The events are devoted to peripheral aspects of cinema: credits, poster, recurring motif, etc., or propose to look at the screen through another medium: poetry, painting, drawing…

2004 // Organisation of the Entrepôts Electro

The “Entrepôts Electro” created a musical event in Bordeaux on 18 and 19 June 2004, from 10pm to 2am.

In the Warehouse of the CAPC contemporary art museum, GRAND BUFFET, KID KOALA, JEANS TEAM, DMX KREW performed for two evening of exceptional concerts. A new concept that combines in this major venue, contemporary art and performances of DJs and video artists, organised by the Laboratoire of the Friends of the CAPC.

Funding of publications


2014 // Franz Erhard Walther


Franz Erhard Walther’s exhibition offers an in-depth look at an influential German artist whose pioneering work straddles minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, abstract painting, and performance all while positing fundamental questions about the conventional idea of the artwork as an immutable, obdurate pedestalor wall-bound thing. Bringing together pivotal works made between the 1950s and the present, this exhibition focuses on Walther’s ability to transform notions of objecthood and perception through drawings, paintings, fabric sculptures, participatory forms, languagebased works, photographic documentation and archival material.

More information here 


2014 // Tomoaki Suzuki


Published at the same time as his stupefying half-survey in the nave of the CAPC contemporary art museum of Bordeaux (5 April – 1 June 2014), this first monography devoted to the work of Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki looks at his sculptural work in all its uniqueness and details, that 2 texts and an interview put into perspective at a time of immediate ageing of urban signs and the “ordinary singularity”  of social networks.

More information here 

2013 // SIGMA journal


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.

Invited critic: Patricia Brignone

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

More information here


2013 // Markus Schinwald


After having transformed the entire nave of the CAPC into a mechanical theatre, Markus Schinwald imagined a sophisticated and elegant artist’s book that shows the physical and mental adventure, thanks to preparatory engravings, film dialogues and stickers inserted in an envelope (to be put by oneself on the pages of the book), alternating exhibition views and reproductions of Schinwald’s works.

More information here


2012 // Michael Krebber, Les Escargots Ridiculisés


Michael Krebber is considered today to be one of the most important personalities of the contemporary international artistic scene.
Playing a major role in the art scene in Cologne since the eighties and nineties, Michael Krebber has a conceptual approach to painting that he explores beyond pictural conventions. His practice is full of ambivalence, subversion, intransigence and feigned gesture. Krebber is a dandy painter.


2012 // History of the CAPC


Forty years of the CAPC brought together in less than 100 pages, or a concentrate of contemporary art and cultural Bordeaux history.
This is what can be said of this book that looks at the important moments of this essential artistic venue in Bordeaux. The events are organised chronologically, in order to give the reader a complete view of the museum’s evolution, without however sticking to a purely historical aspect. In the course of the widely illustrated pages, one can get to know the key personnalities that contributed to the development of the CAPC and discover images of past exhibitions that built the structure’s prestige.
More information here 

2011 // Dystopia


An exhibition novel initiated by Alexis Vaillant
2011. A kulturnaut, a squid, a Shakespeare, a dog, an abstract artist, a chrononaut, a washerwoman, Tom Ripley and his bones go through New Dystopia. Their accelerated speculations lead to new models of deterritorialised life. Visionary and hallucinated models. Through them, Mark von Schlegell “exhibits” some aspects of the invisible catastrophe that breaks our world and to which the artists reply. Written in the backstage of the Dystopia exhibition at the CAPC contemporary art museum of Bordeaux, this illustrated novel asks the question of possible futures in the shape of a critical fiction. After Venusia (2005) and Mercury Station (2009), both published with Semiotext(e), New Dystopia is Mark von Schlegell’s third novel.
More information here

2010 // BigMinis Book

Published by CAPC and Sternberg Press, the BigMinisBook catalogue follows the exhibition BigMinis. Fetishes of crisis. As a real laboratory of ideas on all things mini, this books that holds in the palm of a hand proposes to explore the singular fascination that the reduced object has at a time of recession. Created with 6 different covers (black, green, gold, pink, white and blue), there is no doubt that this mini catalogue will also become a fetish object.

More information here


2009 // Heimo Zobernig catalogue

Catalogue offers an oblique journey through the multi-facetted oeuvre of Heimo Zobernig from his early works in the late 1970s to the most recent pieces.  It brings together a selection of projects undertaken by the artist around notions of theatricality and display which echo his relational and stage systems.  Designed by the Dutch designers Experimental Jetset, this book brings together a choice of historical texts translated for the first time, as well as new essays.

More information here


2004 // A Angles Vifs and Thomas Struth exhibitions + History of the warehouse

Publication of guide books for the exhibitions A Angles Vifs and Thomas Struth.
Download here the complete list of CAPC exhibitions

Publication of a document on the history of the building (the colonial warehouse), in French and in English
Discover the history of the Lainé Warehouse here