As soon as you arrive in Bordeaux from Paris, by train or via the stone bridge, you can’t miss it. You’ll see a gigantic monument with an arch hewed at its very centre. This asymmetric arch is the counterpart of the Cité du vin at the other end of the crescent created by the River Garonne as it weaves its way through Bordeaux. As you reach the MÉCA, you’ll notice sets of stairways and ramps leading to the main entrance. With its 120 metres length and its 37 metres height, the building stands out impressively. It is fashioned in the warm colour of Bordeaux stone. A work made by the Danish architect Bjaarke Ingels.
On the agenda
The MÉCA, a temple of culture, hosts the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region’s cultural agencies devoted to performing arts, books, cinema: the FRAC (Regional Contemporary Arts Foundation), OARA (Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Artistic Bureau) and ALCA (Book, Cinema, Audiovisual Agency).
The FRAC’s exhibition spaces are open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 6:30pm - one Thursday evening per month until 9pm - one Sunday per month from 1pm to 6:30pm.
The Regional Contemporary Arts Foundation hosts the exhibition “Once Upon A Time in the West” until 9 November 2019. It showcases over a hundred artists. Martial Reysse invites us to enter this rich Far West with a gigantic fresco The Carnaval in Périgueux, loaned by the François Pinault Foundation accompanied by Pascal Convert’s Falaise de Bâmiyân which echoes it. The curator Anne Dressen (from the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art) concocted “Ici et là-bas” (Here and there) blending design and contemporary art. As for photos, Alice Raymond presents her series “la grande traversée” (the great crossing).
The CREM, a café-restaurant with a one-of-a-kind vista over the river
The building invites the public to stroll around an outdoor urban, promenade, relax on a panoramic terrace and delight in a café-restaurant, open 7/7, at midday and in the evening. Its restaurant offers visitors a friendly, gourmet break and proposes cuisine which favours short, organic circuits. And, why not head up to the rooftop on the 5th floor for an awe-inspiring vista on a par with the world’s most exquisite urban belvederes.