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Molinier rose saumon

Pierre Molinier, "Je rampe vers Gehamman", vers 1970 - 1976, collection Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA. ©Adagp, Paris, 2023 Crédit photographique : Frédéric Delpech

« Nous sommes tous des menteurs » (‘We are all liars’)

>> From March 31 to September 17, 2023 <<
Anniversary exhibition - 40 years of the Frac


The Frac MÉCA has devoted an important exhibition to Pierre Molinier (1900–1976) embracing all aspects of his work, which has long been controversial but is indeed incredibly current. This exhibition explores his direct sources of inspiration and affiliations and reveals unpublished archives and testimonies. It also highlights connections with contemporary artists and artistic affinities with historical figures. 


With this event, the Frac pays tribute to a ‘local kid’ born with the 20th century, in 1900 in Agen, in the midst of the development of photographic processes, and who died in 1976 in Bordeaux, with the advent of disco music.  

It took Pierre Molinier over fifty years to definitively break from the moral and aesthetic values of academism and thus proudly move to the other side. In 1951, at the 30th Salon des Indépendants in Bordeaux, Molinier presented Le Grand Combat, an ambiguous painting neither entirely abstract nor entirely figurative, representing intertwined bodies caught in an energetic and erotic whirlwind. Considered indecent, the work was covered with a veil and became the reason for a shocking and publicised break with Bordeaux’s ‘good society’ (including with other artists as well). And with that event, Pierre Molinier shifted his area of representation definitively and reached maturity. His bedroom-boudoir-studio located at 7 rue des Faussets in Bordeaux became a place of work and mysticism where he shared friendships, love affairs, solitary pleasures, and gender performances.  

Often considered to be marginal, relegated to the aesthetic sidelines in art history, Molinier is today recognised as an emblematic figure of art, both in France and abroad. 


This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Frac MÉCA, which, as soon as it was created in 1982, began its collection with the acquisition of some thirty pieces by Molinier.  

Exhibition intended for an adult audience and prohibited to visitors under 18 years old. 

WHEN: March 31 to September 17, 2023
WHO: Exhibition intended for an adult audience and prohibited to visitors under 18 years old. 
WHERE: Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, 5 Parvis Corto Maltese, 33 800 Bordeaux
RATES: Free contribution from 2€ (price info)

Press release on request:

Marie Canet, Emmanuelle Debur, Claire Jacquet 

Exhibited artists: 
Pierre Molinier, Fabienne Audéoud, Hans Bellmer, Gilles Berquet, Raymond Borde, Cécile Bouffard, Xavier Boussiron, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, Lisetta Carmi, Luciano Castelli, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Larry Clark, Jean Alain Corre, Alfred Courmes, Liz Craft, Hélène Delprat, Jean Dupuy, Anne Garde, Michel Gouery, Estelle Hanania, Pierre Imans and Clovis Trouille, Maïa Izzo-Foulquier, Ellande Jaureguiberry, Michel Journiac, Chris Korda, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Félix Labisse, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Natacha Lesueur, Mehryl Levisse, Marie Losier, Mirka Lugosi, Made in Eric, Mélanie Matranga, Philippe Mayaux, Reba Maybury, Joachim Mogarra, Ria Pacquée, Bruno Pélassy, Marilou Poncin, Jean-Charles de Quillacq, H•Alix Sanyas (Mourrier) aka H., Hamid Shams, Cindy Sherman, Philipp Timischl, Elmar Trenkwalder, Betony Vernon, Dorli Vienne-Pollak, Camille Vivier, Wolf Vostell. 

A publication dedicated to Pierre Molinier will accompany this major exhibition, with contributions from Marie Canet, Emmanuelle Debur, Géraldine Gourbe and Claire Jacquet
Co-publishing: Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA and Dilecta, 120 pages. 
Graphic design: Fanette Mellier, release date: Spring 2023
With the support of the Fondation Antoine de Galbert.
On sale at the Frac ticket office and in bookshops: 120 pages, 28 € 

Pierre Molinier, Questioning bodies and gender 
The erotic dimension of some of the works in the Molinier rose saumon exhibition «?Nous sommes tous des menteurs led the Frac to prohibit its access to younger audiences. In order to allow visitors under the age of eighteen to discover the work of the artist, the Frac proposes the exhibition Pierre Molinier, questioning bodies and gender. The works of nine other artists who share aesthetic and political affinities with Molinier are also shown.  Read more.

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