"Beauty and the Beast, Crossed Beauty in contemporary art" in Bordeaux

From October 13, 2012 to January 27, 2013
  • Bernard Buffet, Les Oiseaux, Le Rapace, 1959

    Bernard Buffet, Les Oiseaux, Le Rapace, 1959

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"Beauty and the Beast, Crossed Beauty in contemporary art" in Bordeaux 5 rue Labottière 33000 Bordeaux fr

The Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute’s new exhibition of modern and contemporary art will cross men’s and women’s views on Beauty, bringing forth the paradox of Beauty induced by the confrontation of twenty artworks.

Referring to Jean Cocteau’s eponymous film of 1946, adapted from a story written in the tradition of the French literary salons of the 18th century, Beauty and the Beast invites us to reflect on the duality of Beauty, one of art’s fundamental subjects that questions the notions of otherness, of one’s reflection in the eye of another, of the identity that is built in the strange mirror of one’s kind.

This observation is particularly striking in the connection the artist has with his model, who sometimes becomes the alter ego that he needs to represent himself in the world. This double often provokes ambivalent relationships of domination and subjection, avid voracity or an insatiable quest of the singularity of oneself in the other…

It is one of the keys to understanding the famous Bernard Buffet painting, Les Oiseaux, le Rapace, 1959, that displays in a naked and perfect body the person who will become from then on the artist’s muse, the artist represented as a monstrous hawk that is devouring her. Based on this artwork, this exhibition will mainly be made up of major works on loan from prestigious institutions and artists, as well as a selection from the Bernard Magrez Collection: paintings, sculptures, photos, videos and installations.

An ensemble of heterogeneous media to bring light to a contemporary itinerary of Beauty and the Beast in the salons of Château Labottière, transformed into a new space of visual poetry and emotions.

Opening times

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: groups by appointment only

Admission fees and rates

  • Full rate : 6 €
  • Reduced rate : 4 €
  • Free for children under 12 years of age

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