Being a resident of Lille since almost six years, I have seen a lot of changes in this town including in the art and cultural scene. This town certainly could not compete with Paris in terms of famous museums and art exhibitions, however, it is definitely making progress at a very fast pace.
Lille LAM Museum (Lille Metropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut) is an important museum for 20th and 21st century art in the north area. This museum has more than 4500 pieces of art work and covered three types of collection (Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut).
The modern art area displays Fauvism, Cubism and other 20th century art works. You can easily get lost in the fascinating painting, sketches and series of work by various artists such as Joan Miro, Fernand Leger and Picasso.
As you walk through the collection, you will arrive at the area where the works of the inventor of Art Brut, Jean Dubuffet are displayed. This introduction to the Art Brut collection brings you next to 6 vast rooms where you can find about 350 works.
Finally, the Contemporary Art collection, brought in 25 years ago is presented where you can find works by Daniel Buren, Annette Messanger and others.
In conjunction with the Lille 3000 festival, the museum is currently organizing a temporary exhibition, La Ville Magique in addition to the permanent collection. This temporary exhibition gather together paintings, collages, photos and films of urban myths of big cities such as Manhattan and Berlin in between the two world wars. Major attractions of this temporary exhibitions include paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and Brassaï.
The museum itself is an important piece of art where the modern architecture stands out in the middle of the greenery. In 1983, the construction of the museum ended under the eye of its architect Roland Simounet. The museum was then closed again in 2007 in order to establish an extension of the building, this time by architect Manuelle Gautrand, where the future Art Brut collection will be exposed.
The museum is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (exceptionally closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December). Permanent collection entrance fees cost 7€ (5€ reduced prise) and combined ticket with temporary exhibition costs 10€ (7€ reduced price).
LaM 1 allée du Musée
59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq France