Wednesday 27 October 2010

The Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole reopened

© Max Lerouge/LMCU

After four years of work devoted to the renovation of the original building of Roland Simounet and its park, as well as its restructuring and extension by Manuelle Gautrand, the Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole reopened this fall with a new name: the LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut. The concomitant display offers a fresh approach to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and throws new light on the history of art through major temporary exhibitions.

As the only museum in Europe to present simultaneously the principal movements of the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the LaM will propose to the public a prestigious collection of modern art, outstanding examples of contemporary art and a collection of art brut that has no equal in France. These three collections bring together nearly 4,500 works. In 1999, these collections were enriched with the largest collection of art brut in France, thanks to the donation made by the association L’Aracine.

The L’Aracine collection was initiated by Madelaine Lommel in 1983. This donation to the LaM consists of 3,500 works by 170 French and foreign artists: drawings, paintings, assemblages, objects and sculptures. The biggest names in art brut are represented in it: André Robillard, Aloïse, Barbier Müller, Carlo Zinelli, Joseph Crépin, Henry Darger, Paul End, Auguste Forestier, Abbé Fouré, Madge Gill. With a total exhibition space of some 4,000 m2, the LaM is now the first museum to present simultaneously collections of modern art, contemporary art, and the largest French collection of art brut, which was donated by L’Aracine in 1999.

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© André Robillard, Galerie Susanne Zander, Köln

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