Bordeaux MÉCA. The images of the new, fantastic cultural hub

Bordeaux MÉCA. The images of the new, fantastic cultural hub

To find a new stage on the map of contemporary art, this time you don't have to go too far. In Bordeaux, MÉCA has opened its doors, a new, large hub that promises to make the French city one of the main destinations for culture, as well as for excellent wine. The structure was designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and includes a 250-seat theater, a projection room, large exhibition galleries, a restaurant, artist studios and much more. All on 18 thousand square meters of space, overlooking the Garonne river.

But MÉCA's vocation is mainly public and there will also be many open spaces that will allow the citizens of Bordeaux to enjoy the building and its activities at 360 degrees. Enjoying the panorama from the terrace, the unique panorama of the city whose historic center is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site or by skating on the large ramp alongside the concrete and glass facade. In short, combining the playful and practical aspects, as in the style of Bjarke Ingels, which we also saw in action at the Burning Man of 2018 and who, together with the ex colleague Julien de Smedt, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004.

Therefore, in this context the three important cultural institutes called to animate the MÉCA will move: ALCA, dedicated to books, cinema and audiovisuals, OARA, for the performing arts, and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine section of the FRAC, the Fund Regional of Contemporary Art. Established in 1982, within a decentralization project adopted by the state, the vocation of the FRACs consists in establishing a collection of contemporary art for each of the 24 regions. A model of collaboration between state and territory to be taken as an example also for our institutions.

The first exhibition, open on June 29 and open until November 14, is entitled Il est une fois dans l ouest, Once upon a time in the West, and brings together more than one hundred artists, such as Martial Raysse, Charles Fréger, Pascal Convert, Brice Dellsperger and Géraldine Kosiak.

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