The Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute combines prestige and works of art, offering you a privileged and timeless setting in the heart of the city. With the largest private collection of contemporary art in Bordeaux, this place is the ideal place to encourage exchange and the emergence of new ideas.

The n°1 in Aquitaine for culturals events and street art

Established as an endowment fund, the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez is a private initiative of artistic patronage. The Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez aims to be a bridge between tradition and innovation, as well as a platform for exchange where everyone can enjoy a unique cultural experience.

Its missions 

Access to contemporary creation for all audiences, through the creation or support of cultural events. The meeting and exchange with artists, with the implementation of a program of commissions and acquisitions. Helping the production of new works, by setting up residencies with workshops for young artists, but also by awarding artistic prizes. To contribute in a singular and civic manner to the territory, whether regional, national or international, in which the Cultural Institute wishes to support creation and artists.


Its history

Château Labottière takes its name from its sponsors Antoine and Jacques Labottière. These two brothers, printers and publishers from Bordeaux in the 18th century, had a store on the Place du Palais de l’Ombrière and owned a small vineyard in the Bordeaux countryside. In 1773, they had this neoclassical mansion built.

The Labottière brothers were ruined by the Revolution in 1790. Antoine Labottière died in 1794, his brother Jacques sold the estate, the house, the bookshop and the printing house the following year. 

Thereafter, the property is acquired by a Dutchman named Boers and rented to Mr. Lannefranque, entrepreneur of spectacles, who opens in these places an establishment of pleasure in the name of Tivoli.

The art historian Philippe Maffre then evokes the presence of a dance establishment named «Fêtes champêtres,
A Idalie» opened by Mr. Labille in 1803.

The Château Labottière belonged for a time to Antoine Gautier, mayor of Bordeaux from 1849 to 1863, before being sold to the Company of Jesus on April 14, 1857. In 1904, a fire led the Jesuits to move to the land they still occupy today on Avenue d’Eysines, in Bordeaux, not far from the Château.

 At that time, the municipality envisaged installing a Museum of Decorative Arts in the Château Labottière. In 1911, this project seems to be abandoned: the hotel and the garden seem to be unoccupied or even abandoned.