The CAPC or center of contemporary plastic arts is the museum of contemporary art that is located in the city of Bordeaux. In this magnificent place in France, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the wonders of this young art. For your information, it is located near the quays, in the middle of the Place des Quinconces and the Chartrons.
A little history about the CAPC
Existing since 1973, the museum of contemporary art is among the newest museums in the city of Bordeaux. That same year, a first exhibition of contemporary art entitled “Looking elsewhere” was held in Bordeaux.
It was in 1984 that the center became the museum of contemporary art in the big city. Apart from the Georges Pompidou center in Paris, there were very few museums dedicated to this type of art at that time. After some renovation work, the CAPC in Bordeaux reopened its doors in 1990.
In 2003, the CAPC obtained the label “Musée de France”. Since 2015, the museum of contemporary art has been a great success. For proof, many exhibitions have been held in Bordeaux. Moreover, a research center has been created there in order to highlight its numerous historical archives.
What can be seen at the CAPC?
Currently, the collection of the CAPC of Bordeaux counts 1299 works by 189 artists. Visiting this place can therefore take a few hours or even an entire afternoon. In most museums, you can visit permanent exhibitions. However, this is not the case in the CAPC, as the collections rotate except for 7 works that remain continuously on display.
While visiting the CAPC, you will have the opportunity to attend many events such as meeting artists, watching music shows or attending conferences with different themes.
If you are a bit more curious, go further with its guided tours, its workshops dedicated to artistic practices or its Art History courses. And don’t miss the special museum store for contemporary art.
Opening hours of the museum
Every day, the CAPC of Bordeaux is open from 11 am to 6 pm except on Mondays and holidays. Night owls can have a bonus, as the CAPC closes at 10pm on every 2ᵉ Wednesday of the month.
As for individual tours, you can go on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm. A guided tour of the museum could be arranged for a group of individuals after making an appointment with the manager.