María Inés Rodríguez appointed Director
CAPC musée d‘art contemporain de Bordeaux
Entrepôt. 7, rue Ferrère
Following an extensive search that included French and international candidates, the selection jury composed of a group of international experts in contemporary art, presided by Mayor Alain Juppé, has appointed Mrs. María Inés Rodríguez as the new Director of CAPC.
María Inés Rodríguez comes to Bordeaux after having lead the artistic program of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City. As MUAC’s Chief Curator, she was in charge of the development of the public programs, collections and exhibitions. Prior to her appointment in Mexico she was Chief Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (MUSAC) in Spain, one of the leading collecting institutions in Spain. There she developed a program dealing with the links between artistic production and historic, political and social contexts, favoring a dialogue on the local and global. Preceding her appointment at MUAC she was Curator of the Satellite Program at Jeu de Paume in Paris, where she introduced the French audience to a range of young international artists. Parallel to her curatorial work, Mrs. Rodríguez has organized public lectures and exhibitions around the topics of printed matter and architecture. In 2005 she formed Tropical Papers editions, which now exists as an active website dedicated to contemporary cultural creation in the Tropical world.
The CAPC was founded in 1973 by Jean-Louis Froment, and quickly became a landmark in the French and international art scene. The CAPC, housed in the former impressive warehouse the Entrepôt Lainé, was designated a museum in 1984 and became the Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. It houses an important collection of mid- to late 20th-century French and international art, and celebrated this year its 40th anniversary.
María Inés Rodríguez brings to the CAPC a wealth of experience and expertise in museums programming, institutional collections, public programs and engagement, and production of contemporary art works and exhibitions. Her vision incorporates a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining the Museum’s various functions and departments, with a core interest in research and education.
She will take office in Bordeaux end of February 2014.
The jury was composed of Laurent Le Bon (Director of Centre Pompidou/Metz), Dirk Snauwaert (Wiels/ Director of Centre d’Art contemporain/Brussels), Bernard de Montferrand (President of FRAC/ President of FRAC Aquitaine), and Régine de Boussac (les Amis du CAPC).
From the French Ministry of culture: Marie-Christine Labourdette (French Ministry of culture/Head of musées de France), Pierre Oudart (French Ministry of culture/Head of the department for artistic creation) Arnaud Littardi (French Ministry of culture/ Regional director for Aquitaine), Bertrand Fleury (French Ministry of culture /DRAC/Counsellor in visual arts).
From the city of Bordeaux:
Alain Juppé (Mayor of Bordeaux, former Primer Minister), Dominique Ducassou (Deputy Mayor for culture and heritage), Alain de Bouteiller (Director General for Administration), Brigitte Proucelle (Director General for Cultural Affairs) and Laurence Rosazza-Riz (Director for Human Resources).
The jury for the pre-selection of the candidates was composed of the above mentioned members as well as Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Director of Serpentine Gallery/ London) and Alfred Pacquement (Director of Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de Création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou).