Bordeaux

“1ΔO”

CAPC musée d'art contemporain

A number of recent exhibitions have reflected on 1960s psychedelic art, but “1∆0: Explorations psychédéliques en France, 1968 – ∞” took a radically different approach. Curators Axelle Blanc, Tiphanie Blanc, and Yann Chateigné Tytelman mounted a conceptual, counterintuitive exploration of the French side of psychedelia by not dwelling on the full-bodied experience we would automatically expect. In the CAPC’s imposing, sparingly lit exhibition hall, the beholder was instead met by a few documentary slide projections, a memorabilia time line that demonstrated how psychedelia was also the pathetic visuality of the handbill and the homemade light show effect, and selected works by artists including Frédéric Pardo and Martial Raysse, all scattered along the periphery like so many subterranean riddles. In the center of the vaulted space stood two mirror-clad stages and a strange installation of

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