7 Rue Ferrere
Phone: +33 5 56 00 81 50
Fax: +33 5 56 44 12 07

CAPC, Musee D'Art Contemporain De Bordeaux

Throughout the year, CAPC, the Bordeaux museum of contemporary art, offers a program of temporary exhibitions and several activities around art history and contemporary music. Its collection is composed of close to a thousand works of art, ranging from the 1960s to the present. It is housed in the city's old colonial warehouse, a superb pre-industrial nineteenth century edifice.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The CAPC, musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, became a municipal museum, controlled by the State, in 1984, and received the title of Musee de France in 2003. It consists of an important collection constituted by the main international art movements since the 1960s.

These works form the permanent collection but are not on constant display, so please check with the museum before visiting:

More than 700 works by 140 artists present European and American trends of the 1960s and 70s, including Land Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Arte Povera, described by Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Daniel Buren, Simon Hantai and Claude Viallat.

The “return to painting


Since 1973, when "Regarder ailleurs"

Previous Exhibitions

DRAPEAUX GRIS/GREY FLAGS until 18 March 2007
This exhibition reflects on the irreducible nature of a work of art to its context. 50 works and 20 artists are presented: John Armleder, Lutz Bacher, James Lee Byars, Helen Chadwick, Chen Xiaoyun, Cinema Zero, Tacita Dean, Claire Fontaine, Liam Gillick, Piero Golia, Michael Krebber, Jonathan Monk, Gabriel Orozco, Seth Price, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Allen Ruppersberg, Salon de Fleurus, Wilhelm Sasnal, Erik Satie, Karin Schneider, Shirana Shahbazi, Kelley Walker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Mario Ybarra Jr.

The artists in “Drapeaux Gris” explore ways in which to question the institutional categorisation of art. The exhibition turns its back on these strategies of categorisation, bringing together work which plays with codes of communication and resists pre-formatted interpretations. Curators Anthony Huberman and Paul Pfeiffer have selected some well known artists and some newcomers to the young international art scene.

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

"If Everybody had an Ocean. Brian Wilson, an exhibition"
November 2007-March 2008

The object of the exhibition is the fascination that Brian Wilson, the main creative force behind the identity of the Beach Boys (Surfin’USA, I get around, Good vibrations…), exerted on several generations of artists.

The project is therefore born from a conviction: through Brian Wilson comes a new way of reading art, enabling us to rewrite contemporary history of art.

The artworks will be laid out in the nave of the CAPC in order to create a more or less fictional story around the life of Wilson.

Moreover, the exhibition will be accompanied by a musical and film program surrounding the Beach Boys and the surf culture.

Bringing together an important number or historical artworks from the Californian scene of the 60’s and introducing new productions from artists made specially for the exhibition, If Everybody had an Ocean is a very ambitious project.


Access to the permanent collection (when exhibited) is free.
Access to exhibitions 5 euros / 2.50 euros concessions (jobseekers, students, groups of more than 10 people)
Free to those under the age of 18, disabled visitors, members of the press.

Opening hours

Open every day except Monday, from 11am to 6pm. Open until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Closed on public holidays.


The museum organises artist talks, concerts, dance and live art performances. In addition, a program of seminars and conferences offers an introduction to the questions and debates currently present on the international art scene.
The museum library consists of over 35 000 books and periodicals, and 200 videos on twentieth century artistic creation. Open to the public, it is of particular interest to students and researchers, but all consultation must be made on site as the library does not loan items. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 2pm to 6pm.
The museum's substantial photo library consists of 100 000 photographs.
The museum restaurant, designed by Andree Putman, is situated on the second floor, and two works by British artist Richard Long are presented here. The roof terrace, open during summer months, is one of Bordeaux's most peaceful and original locations.


Guided tours available with prior booking.
46 euros Tuesday to Friday, 61 euros Saturdays and Sundays.


Workshops and courses are held for teachers to help familiarise them with the museum and its collection in preparation for class visits.

Free workshops for school groups are offered by prior reservation.


Workshops for children take place on Wednesdays and during school holidays.


Guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm. Free to exhibition ticket holders.


Members benefit from unlimited access to exhibitions and guided tours.
31 euros full price, 15.50 for subsequent family member membership
23 euros concessions (young people, Vermeil card holders, students, groups of more than 10 people)

Venue hire

Please phone +33 5 56 00 81 79 for information on the private hire of the museum space.