Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Programme

Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Entre le vide et l’événement pur / coupe d’haleine, cheveux d’ange, 2022, filets de pêche abandonnés – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Entre le vide et l’événement pur / coupe d’haleine, cheveux d’ange, 2022, filets de pêche abandonnés – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Nyx, 2022, organza de soie, traces de sel et d’oxydation, abalone, gypsophile, algues aquatiques, amaranthes, épuisette, cristaux d’alun, pièces de monnaie – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Nyx, 2022, organza de soie, traces de sel et d’oxydation, abalone, gypsophile, algues aquatiques, amaranthes, épuisette, cristaux d’alun, pièces de monnaie – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Bloom (hot water / how do we keep going without shutting down or hardening into shells of ourselves), (détail), 2022, – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – Bloom (hot water / how do we keep going without shutting down or hardening into shells of ourselves), (détail), 2022, – Photographie Cyril Boixel.

Objects as actants, Bianca Bondi

Between enchantment and apocalypse, Bianca Bondi's installations and sculptures plunge the spectator into a strange and familiar universe, where past, present and future intermingle. As if in a waking dream or an interior drift, her works suspend the boundaries between the astral and terrestrial worlds, the spaces of the living and the dead, the visible and the invisible.

Working most of the time in connection with a site, its aura and its secret archaeology, Bianca Bondi draws landscapes tailored to the spaces in which she intervenes. Gardens, fountains, rooms, are transfigured by different chemical, climatic, olfactory, sound or light phenomena.

Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – au premier plan : RSV 4, 2020, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – au second plan : Big [Grand], Ugly [Laid], Fat [Gros], 2014, Collection privée, Cologne / Fellow [Type], 2014, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Achat 2017) – sur le mur de gauche : Uknit Bonn, 2012, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – en arrière-plan : Sans Titre, 2011, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – au premier plan : RSV 4, 2020, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – au second plan : Big [Grand], Ugly [Laid], Fat [Gros], 2014, Collection privée, Cologne / Fellow [Type], 2014, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Achat 2017) – sur le mur de gauche : Uknit Bonn, 2012, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – en arrière-plan : Sans Titre, 2011, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – au mur : Birch Field [Champ de Bouleaux], 2011, Collection Valeria et Gregorio – au premier plan : Cagey, 2012, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – au mur : Birch Field [Champ de Bouleaux], 2011, Collection Valeria et Gregorio – au premier plan : Cagey, 2012, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – à gauche : Ursula, 2020, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – au centre : Netz mit Maria [Filet avec Maria], 2008, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, prêt permanent de la Collection Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf – à droite : Knut, 2017, courtesy BQ, Berlin – Photographie Cyril Boixel.
Vue de l’exposition A–Z, Alexandra Bircken, Crac Occitanie à Sète, 2022 – à gauche : Ursula, 2020, courtesy de l’artiste, BQ, Berlin et Herald St, Londres – au centre : Netz mit Maria [Filet avec Maria], 2008, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, prêt permanent de la Collection Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf – à droite : Knut, 2017, courtesy BQ, Berlin – Photographie Cyril Boixel.

A–Z, Alexandra Bircken

The body and its various envelopes are at the heart of Alexandra Bircken's sculptural practice. In parallel to her textile works where the gestures of sewing, tearing, knitting, knotting and assembling predominate, Alexandra Bircken produces sculptures from objects such as motorcycles or mechanical parts: these are sectioned, cut and recomposed in order to better expose objects often associated with omnipotent masculinity. The artist also questions the relationship of bodies to machines, the power they give to humans as well as the vulnerability they place them in.

Conceived in close collaboration with the Museum Brandhorst in Munich and its curator Monika Bayer-Wermuth, the A-Z exhibition is presented as a repertory gathering more than sixty works, according to formal and thematic affinities. For more than 20 years, certain gestures and motifs have regularly reappeared in Alexandra Bircken's work, and the exhibition allows us to unfold threads that have been running since the early 2000s.

Access

Every day except on Tuesday: 12.30pm - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm - 7pm.
Free entry.

26, quai Aspirant-Herber
34200 Sète
+33 (0)4 67 74 94 37

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CULTURE & HERITAGE

Musée Paul-Valéry
Miam : Musée International des Arts Modestes
MACO, le Musée à Ciel Ouvert : art walks through the city, marked by street art works.
MID, Maison de l’Image Documentaire

WALKS

• Le Mont Saint-Clair : an outstanding panoramic view of the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau.
La Pointe Courte : typical alleys convey the Sète’s culture.
The marine cemetery

FESTIVALS

Fiest’A Sète (late July, early August)
Worldwide festival (early July)
K-Live festival (early June)
La fête de la Saint-Louis (end of August)

PLACES TO STAY

L’Orque Bleue Hotel : boutique hotel on the banks of the Royal Canal in the heart of Sète.

PLACES TO EAT

Le Paris-Méditerranée : a gourmet and inventive cuisine, evenings only.
Midi Là-Haut : restaurant and café of the Museum Paul Valéry with sea view.
Chez Lanchois : delicious fusion cuisine in a wonderful setting (access through an industrial area).
Là-Haut : a snack where we reportedly eat the best tiellas.
Chez Nossa : deluxe pizzas and natural wines.
Chez Alphonse et Fils : enjoy the black sesame ice cream and the view…