January 23, 2017 - CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux - BEAU GESTE PRESS / Ali Cherri: Somniculus
January 23, 2017

CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux

Images: David Richards, Post-Impressionism JapMap; Takako Saito, Window; Rui Sekido, There be There; in Japanese Schmuck (No. 8), edited by Taii Ashizawa, Takehisa Kosugi, David Mayor, Beau Geste Press, 1976.

February 2–May 28, 2017

Ali Cherri
February 2–April 30, 2017

Study Day Beau Geste Press: March 31, 2017, with Leszek Brogowski (keynote speaker) and a performance specially devised by David Mayor

CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux
7, rue Ferrère
33000 Bordeaux

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In this year of global challenges, CAPC musée hits the ground running with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. February starts with two new presentations: a historical survey of the activities of the independent publishing house Beau Geste Press, active in the southwest of England from 1971 to 1976, and Ali Cherri’s Somniculus, the first installment of the exhibition cycle The Economy of Living Things, curated by Osei Bonsu for the tenth anniversary edition of the Satellite Programme the CAPC has been co-producing since 2015.

The independent publishing house Beau Geste Press was founded in 1971 by the Mexican artists’ couple Martha Hellion and Felipe Ehrenberg. Together with their two children, they moved into a farmhouse in Devon, in the English countryside, where, joined by a group of friends that included the artist and art historian David Mayor, they formed "a community of duplicators, printers and artisans."

Beau Geste Press was active until 1976, printing the work of visual poets, neo-Dadaists and international artists affiliated with the Fluxus movement such as Ulises Carrión, Helen Chadwick, Ken Friedman, Carolee Schneemann, Yukio Tsuchiya and Cecilia Vicuña. Specialising in limited-edition artists’ books, it published the works of its own members, but also those of many of colleagues worldwide. In the spirit of cottage industry, it adapted its methods and scale to its needs, keeping all stages of production, from design and printing to distribution via the postal network, under the same—bucolic—roof.

The exhibition surveys the history of Beau Geste Press through the 75 books published by its founding members and their guests or occasional visitors during its five years of existence. It documents the creativity, productivity, working methods and international influence of this short-lived community, which ran an early version of the artist residency. Although it operated from the periphery of the main artistic centres of its time, Beau Geste Press was undoubtedly one of the most productive and influential publishing ventures of its generation.

The printed matter on display is punctuated by a series of aluminium sculptures by the French artist Xavier Antin that conjure up operations or gestures related to the duplication or revelation of images, purposely aestheticising the myths surrounding the sacrosanct space of the workshop.

Entitled "Something of Beau Geste in Common," a series of interventions, workshops, and specific projects involving collectives, artists, non-profit organisations and students from the New Aquitaine region accompanies this historical presentation.

Curator: Alice Motard
With support for research in art theory and criticism by the Centre national des arts plastiques.


Ali Cherri: Somniculus
Ali Cherri’s practice is motivated by the ongoing investigation into the place of archaeology in the construction of historical narratives. Focusing on the spaces of conflict and catastrophe in the highly-visible Levant region, Cherri’s work often observes the fragile presence of historical violence in its every day environment. In Somniculus (Light Sleep), he turns his attention towards the deepening relationship between the processes by which artefacts are excavated, collected and classified, and understood through controlled systems of representation. Capturing the inner life of French ethnographic and anthropological museums, it presents a world in which fragments of past civilisations have come to represent the universality of human experience.

The Economy of Living Things is an exhibition cycle concerned with the constant movement of bodies, plants, animals, artefacts and other cultural products across real and imagined borders.

Curator: Osei Bonsu
The Satellite Programme is co-produced by Jeu de Paume, FNAGP and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.

Also on view
Rosa Barba: From Source to Poem
A site-specific installation for the Nave of the museum, entitled after the artist's new 35 mm film.
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
Until March 26, 2017

[sic] works from the CAPC Collection
A selection of works by more than 40 artists from the 1960s to nowadays.
Curator: José Luis Blondet
Permanent exhibition

The Screen Programme 2017 will present two performances combining film and sound.
Curator: Anne-Sophie Dinant

Jessica Warboys & Morten Norbye Halvorsen
April 8, 2017
Lis Rhodes: Light Music
October 14 and 15, 2017

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
A large-scale site-specific installation by the Guatemalan artist for the Nave of the museum.
Curator: Alice Motard
May 18–September 24, 2017

The Satellite Programme 2017 will continue with three other commissions.
Curator: Osei Bonsu

Oscar Murillo: Welcome to the Members' Club
May 18–August 27, 2017
Steffani Jemison: Such is Your Luck
September 7–November 12, 2017
Jumana Manna: A Magical Substance Flows Into Me
November 23, 2017–February 4, 2018

4,543 billion. The matter of matter
An important group show as part of the cultural season Paysages Bordeaux 2017.
Curator: Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Canepa Luna)
June 29, 2017–January 7, 2018

Our Visual Identities: BordeauxParis / ParisBordeaux
A survey of the parallel graphic histories of CAPC musée and Centre Pompidou, as a contribution to the programme 40 years40 places, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Centre Pompidou.
Curator: Martine Péan
June 29–September 24, 2017

Beatriz González
A major retrospective exhibition that will be the contemporary art highlight of the France-Colombia Year 2017.
Curator: María Inés Rodríguez
Co-produced with Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
November 23, 2017–February 25, 2018


The CAPC musée d’art contemporain is a museum of the City of Bordeaux.

Museum patrons
Honorary patron
Château Haut-Bailly

Founding patron: Les Amis du CAPC
Leading patrons: Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso, Lacoste Traiteur
Patrons: SUEZ, Mercure Bordeaux Cité Mondiale, Château Chasse-Spleen, SLTE, Château Le Bonnat, Lafarge Granulats, Le Petit Commerce

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