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Musée d'Art Moderne
de Lille, Villeneuve d'Ascq


1. The museum and outside sculpture park is sited in the urban park of France's first new town started in the 1970's

Popular French modern art gallery
At weekends and holidays, you will enjoy this striking museum in the company of families and children. The Museum building looks like a construction of Lego bricks set in a private compound in the middle of a lovely urban park - deliberately merging nature and culture, and worth spending a day to explore.

The Museum (opened 1983) was designed by the architect Roland Simounet to house a prestigious collection donated in 1979 to the city of Lille by Jean Masurel (1908-1991) - a Northern textile factory owner and patron of several modern artists from the 'fifties on.

  
2. In the attractive spacious galleries, visitors stop to look at a photo-collage by Lewis Baltz "The politics of bacteria" (1995). 3. Guided visits and creative art workshops can be arranged for groups.


4. Fernand Léger: "le Mécanicien" (1918)

Story of the collection
Masurel was the nephew of Roger Dutilleul (1873-1956), a Parisian who had built up a private collection started in 1905 of avant-garde works such as cubism, and other artistic developments between the wars. Masurel followed his uncle's example - starting with the purchase of a gouache by Fernand Leger - then inheriting and adding to his uncle's collection.

Artists represented
The Museum illustrates the amazing diversity and vitality of the French artistic scene in the early part of the 20th century, with works by Derain, Kees Van Dongen, and cubists such as Braque (1862-1963) and Picasso (1881-1973) - who caused a storm of controversy in their day.

There are experimental cubist sculptures by Henri Laurens (1885-1954).

The Museum has third largest collection of works by Fernand Léger (1881-1956) -who explored the themes of work and the machine in the modern world.

   
5. Joan Miró: "3 people on a black background" (1934) 6. Amedeo Modigliani: "Seated nude" (1917) 7. Early Pablo Picasso: "Nature of death in Spain" (1912) 8. Late Picasso outside in sculpture park: "Femme aux bras écartés" (1962) - a concrete and stone sculpture executed when the artist was 80.

The collection has international scope, including works by surrealist Miró, Masson, Klee, Kadinsky. Other groups of artists illustrate the development of abstract art in the 'fifties, including over 40 works by Lanskoy, and some interesting sculptures - some of which are displayed outside in the sculpture park.
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Location: Musée d'Art Moderne, 1 Allée du Musée,
59650 VILLENEUVE D'ASCQ
Exit 5-6 from Autoroute A22 Lille-Tourcoing-Gand; follow road parallel to autoroute until sign for 'Cousinerie'.
Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 20 19 68 68 - Fax: 00 33 3 20 19 68 99
Cafe-restaurant: Tel: 00 33 3 20 19 68 44
E-mail:mam@nordnet.fr
Website: www.nordnet.fr/mam

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