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Le 24/03/2023

Lille Metropole’s Modern Art museum (LaM) celebrates its 40th anniversary and you are all invited !

On 13 and 14 May, Lille Metropole’s Modern art Museum (LaM) will celebrate its 40th birthday. Discover its special anniversary program in this article.

Located in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, one of Lille Metropole’s 95 municipalities, the LaM, created in 1983, benefitted from a first donation of 219 works made by Roger Dutilleul and his nephew Jean Masurel. In 1999, a donation of 3 500 art brut pieces from the Aracine association made it one of the biggest European Art Brut collection, requiring the building of a 3 200 sqm extension inaugurated in September 2010.

For its 40th anniversary, the museum concocted a special program consisting in 4 highlights: a rediscovery of the permanent collection, 2 new exhibitions and an anniversary weekend taking place on 13 and 14 May.

The museum’s brand new display will mix the 8 000 permanent artworks with no distinction between contemporary art, modern art and art brut, the three spearheads of its collection, in “an ambitious and pioneer vision” underlined Sébastien Delot, LaM director’s. A transversal reading of Art History, imagined in a chronological and thematical way, with a path highlighting unprecedented confrontations between emblematic and unrecognized artworks of the collection.  This unique initiative is already attracting curators from other museums, curious of this unprecedented transversality.

Discover also 2 brand new exhibitions: 

  • From 15 March to 2 July, the LaM will host the first French retrospective dedicated to Isamu Noguchi. This Japanese-american artist and designer is internationally known for departitioning arts and integrating them in our living frameworks. Sculpture, design, dance, landscaping and architecture, the different personality facets of this “absolute” artist will be revealed in the “Sculpting the world” exhibition.
  • From 6 October: Breaking grounds, the LaM proposes a new perspective on the German artist Anselm Kiefer’s work, usually known for his paintings, sculpture, photographies and installations, with artworks made of recycled and natural materials ranging from straw to vegetal seeds. This exhibition explores the artist rapport with photography which is an essential medium in his work.

Do not miss these two exhibitions and the opportunity to visit the LaM. First French museum to join the European Commission coalition for biodiversity relayed by ICOM, the International Council of Museums in 2021, LaM’s building is settled in a 110 ha park displaying art works of Alexander Calder, Richard Deacon and even Pablo Picasso. Opened from Thursday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., the museum will welcome you on its 16 000 sqm to share with you and other 150 000 annual visitors a unique way of displaying art.

Informations and links:

Une programmation inédite pour célébrer les 40 ans du LaM, le musée d’art moderne de la MEL | Métropole européenne de Lille (