40th anniversary celebration

40th anniversary celebration

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

January 19, 2023
40th anniversary celebration
LaM—Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary, and Outsider Art
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In 2023, the LaM celebrates its 40th anniversary and proposes extra-special programming, worthy of a museum that has cultivated over the past four decades a committed and decompartmentalized approach, widely open to the world.

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

Creator of the famous Japanese Akari light sculptures and of the iconic Coffee Table, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is usually associated with design in the collective imagination. He was nonetheless and above all an “absolute” artist whose prolific body of work includes sculpture, drawing, painting, scenography and design, along with landscaping and architecture. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the LaM will be hosting the Japanese-American artist’s first major retrospective in France.

Noguchi spent his life in constant movement between East and West, committed to the most traditional forms of craftsmanship and the most avant-garde discoveries alike. He was one of the leading actors who brokedown art boundaries and their integration into our everyday surroundings.

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

True to its determination to write a history of art and modernity that takes full account of marginal and unusual artistic practices, the Museum is undergoing top-to-bottom transformation on the occasion on 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 set emblematic works dialoguing in an unprecedented way and also includes a number of its collections’ lesser known pieces. 

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

Mohamed Bourouissa
September 29, 2023–January 21, 2024

Franco-Algerian artist, Mohamed Bourouissa was born in Blida in 1978. He lives and works in Paris. His work has been shown across the world and he is one of the major artists of his generation.

In addition to photography, which is his favourite means of expression, the artist also explores drawing, sculpture and video. His work blurs the boundaries between fiction and documentary, seeking to take stock of present-day social realities through observation of society from its margins.

In this exhibition, organized in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the artist will question our contemporary society’s relationship with authority, control, confinement and surveillance.

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

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

To conclude its anniversary year, the Museum will be presenting an exhibition devoted to one of today’s greatest German visual artists: Anselm Kiefer.

Kiefer was born in Germany two months before the Nazi capitulation and his work continues to summon up the Second World War memory in a cathartic way. Internationally known and recognized for his monumental pieces and his work on European memory, his upcoming exhibition at the LaM will present a series of works highlighting his practice of photography and the prurpose of images, both essential in his body of work but very little discussed in the context of exhibitions.

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.

Press contacts 
National and international press: Claudine Colin Communication
Pénélope Ponchelet: T +33 (0)1 42 72 60 01 / lam [​at​] claudinecolin.com
Regional press: LaM 
Florentine Bigeastfbigeast [​at​] musee-lam.fr 

The entire program of the 40th anniversary of the LaM benefits from the exceptional support of the Métropole Européenne de Lille and from the patronage of the Fondation Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe, Grand Patron of the 40th anniversary of the Museum.

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