I gave carte blanche to the artist for EVENTO 2011.
Since then Bordeaux has become the turf where, surrounded by young curators, Michelangelo Pistoletto has been developing his vision of living together, his contribution to social change centred around a concept: art for an urban re-evolution.
It is bold, it is risky, and it is a novel approach.
EVENTO 2011 will propose an art connected to the present-day state of the world, along with its issues and its hopes. It will also offer its public, in its various forms, works produced as a result of the commitment of international as well as many Bordeaux born and/or based artists, in a powerful participatory dimension.
EVENTO 2011 will delve into our historical, urban, social and cultural roots and help to stimulate and enrich our shared future project.
EVENTO 2011 will experiment, call on us, exercise us and, I hope, bring us together in games where imagination, creativity and pleasure will all be combined with reflection.
This EVENTO will offer a new chance to share and assert the inventive energy of our city and its inhabitants.
It will invite new forms of dialogue for which Bordeaux will be the theatre throughout next October.
I hope that this new look at the city can be embraced by as many people as possible and that it will be received beyond our boundaries like an invitation to everyone to develop their openness to the world, their curiosity and their humanism
Mayor of Bordeaux
First vice-president of the Bordeaux Urban Community