Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Modern art at Bordeaux

Modern art in Bordeaux is like modern architecture: it looks like if you don't see it too much, but this is not true: its the overwhelming amount of monuments and beautiful houses, squares etc. that makes you think there is not much modern art in Bordeaux. See the pics below! And this is of course besides various private galleries.
Anyway, what you see is great quality.

The lion at Stalingrad square, on the other side of the Garonne river, just at the end of the Pont de Pierre, the stone bridge.

This is how public transport (which is real great and simple in Bordeaux) decorates its premises!

Place de la Victoire, victory square. Nice, but funny: a mother turtle never sees its kids, burying its eggs...

The Miroir d'Eau, the water mirror, between the Garonne river and the Place de la Bourse, stock exchange square, the most beautiful square of Bordeaux, and it figures on the Unesco World Heritage list. Go and see this "mirror" on a sunny weekend day!

This one and next three pics: CAPC, modern art exhibition centre and architecture museum, just north of Quinconces square, and very close to the river. Its situated in an early 19th century warehouse. Beautiful. Also open when no exhibitions. Nice (the place and the food) restaurant.

In the beautiful (but not always open) chapel of the St. André hospital. Try the entrance in front of the old courthouse, at the Place de la République. Inside turn right, otherwise you'll find yourself between the dead.

The courtyard of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the applied arts museum.

Courtyard of the Musée des Beaux Arts, fine arts museum, which is in the back of the Rohan palace. The cathedral, the Rohan palace, the Musée des beaux Arts, The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Centre National Jean-Moulin (resistance museum) and Gambetta square are all close toghether.

François Mauriac by Zadkine, in the Jardin Publique, the public garden.

Exhibition in the Grand Théâtre.

In the courtyard of the Palais Rohan, now townhall.

CAP Sciences, the scientific museum at Chartrons quay