María Inés Rodríguez. Photo: Thibaud Moritz.

Art World Luminaries Criticize Musée D’art Contemporain Bordeaux’s Dismissal of Director Maria Inés Rodríguez

After learning that María Inés Rodríguez, the director of the Musée d’Art Contemporain, or CAPC, in Bordeaux, France, is being fired from her position by the City of Bordeaux, more than fifty art world luminaries signed an open letter criticizing the decision and underlining the importance of Rodríguez’s contributions to CAPC. 

Published in the newspaper Libération, on March 8, International Women’s Day, the letter raises concerns regarding comments made by Bordeaux’s deputy mayor for culture, Fabien Robert, about the state of contemporary art, and his involvement in determining the direction of the museum. It also calls for the French minister of culture, Françoise Nyssen, to intercede.

Rodríguez became the director of CAPC four years ago and has organized well-received exhibitions of work by Judy Chicago, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Franz Erhard Walther, and Beatriz Gonzalez. Yet, at a town hall meeting on March 6, she was told that her artistic program was “too demanding.” There have also been reports of difficulties between herself and her staff. Rodríguez was reappointed to her position in 2017 and was expected to lead the institution for another three years. Little has been heard about the dismissal from Rodríguez herself, as she is not allowed to discuss the situation with the press. 

Artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Leonor Antunes, and Christian Boltanski; Hans Ulrich Obrist, the director of London’s Serpentine Galleries; Claire Moulène, curator at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo; Elena Filipovic, director of Kunsthalle Basel; and Frances Morris, director of London’s Tate Modern, are among the signatories of the letter, which can be read in full here.