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LaM—Lille Métropole Museum celebrates 40th anniversary

2023 Programme

The LaM will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023.

Isamu Noguchi: sculpting the world
March 15
July 2, 2023

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), creator of the famed Japanese Akari light sculptures and the iconic Coffee Table, is frequently associated with design in the cultural consciousness. He was, above all, a “absolute” artist, with a prolific body of work that included sculpture, drawing, painting, scenography and design, as well as landscape and building. The LaM will hold the Japanese-American artist’s first major retrospective in France to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Noguchi spent his life in constant motion between East and West, dedicated to both traditional traditions of craftsmanship and cutting-edge discoveries. He was a leading performer who broke down artistic boundaries and integrated them into our everyday lives.

The diverse and varied facets of the artist’s personality are set to be revealed in this very special exhibition, co-organized by the Barbican Centre (London), the Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and the Zentrum Paul Klee (Berne), in close collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum (New York).

Curated by Sébastien Delot, Director-Curator / PhD, LaM, assisted by Grégoire Prangé, Curatorial Department & Publications Coordinator.

New display of the permanent collection
March 2023

In keeping with its commitment to writing a history of art and modernity that includes marginal and unusual artistic practices, the Museum is undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation in celebration of its 40th anniversary, providing a brand new display combining modern art, contemporary art, and art brut in the same galleries.

Conceived chronologically and thematically, this new hanging will bring iconic works into unprecedented dialogue, as well as a number of lesser-known pieces from the collection.

Curated by Jeanne-Bathilde Lacourt, Curator Modern Art and the Curatorial Department.

Mohamed Bourouissa
September 29, 2023–January 21, 2024

Mohamed Bourouissa, a Franco-Algerian artist, was born in Blida in 1978. He currently resides and works in Paris. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and he is considered one of the most important artists of his generation.

In addition to photography, which is his preferred medium, the artist experiments with drawing, sculpture, and video. His work blurs the lines between fiction and reality, attempting to assess contemporary socioeconomic realities through observation of society from the periphery.

The artist will explore our current society’s connection with authority, control, confinement, and surveillance in this exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo (Paris).

Curated by Marie-Amélie Senot, Contemporary Art, LaM.

Major temporary exhibition
Anselm Kiefer: Photography at the beginning
October 6, 2023-March 3, 2024

To round off its centennial year, the Museum will showcase an exhibition devoted to one of today’s most important German visual artists, Anselm Kiefer.

Kiefer was born in Germany two months before the Nazi surrender, and his work continues to evoke cathartic memories of the Second World War. His upcoming exhibition at the LaM will present a series of works highlighting his practice of photography and the purpose of images, both of which are essential in his body of work but are rarely discussed in the context of exhibitions. He is internationally known and recognized for his monumental pieces and his work on European memory.

Curated by Jean de Loisy, Art Historian and Independent Curator.

In this context, Agnès Thurnauer gifted a major painting to the collection to celebrate LaM’s 40th anniversary. This donation follows her 2022 exhibition, A comme Boa.

LaM—Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary, and Outsider Art
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