"Modern Bacchanalia" at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux

From February 12, 2016 to May 23, 2016
"Modern Bacchanalia" at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux Place du Colonel Raynal 33000 bordeaux fr

Whether it be antique dancers, nymphs or irresistible maenads, the followers of Bacchus always seem to make an appearance in 19th Century art.

The exhibition titled Bacchanales modernes! will showcase the fascinating and changing image of the Bacchante and raise questions more generally about the representation of women in the arts in the 19th century.

From Pradier to Rodin, from Berlioz to Russian ballets, this figure pairing drunkenness with Eros and Thanatos.

The mythical priestess of the cortege of Bacchus has been depicted so often that she has become the sensual muse of the modern era.

The exhibition has been jointly produced by the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Bordeaux and the Palais Fesch in Ajaccio. Benefitting from exceptional support from the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition will assemble over 130 works, mostly from French public collections.

All kinds of techniques and every form of visual art (paintings, sculptures and graphic arts as well as dance, theatre, opera and cinema) will be addressed in this exhibition, which aims to provide a new perspective on the arts in the 19th century and the early 20th century by plunging visitors into the visual and musical world of this thriving era.


Galerie des Beaux-Arts
Place du Colonel Raynal
33000 Bordeaux

Admission fees and rates

  • Museum: Permanent collections: 4€ / 2€ (concessions)
  • Galery: Temporary exhibitions (also access to permanent collections): 6,50€ / 3,50€ 

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