Permanent Collection - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg

The museum’s lower ground floor houses works from the early 1900s to 1990, aiming to show artistic progression from modernist pioneers Monet and Gauguin, to New Realists (Raymond Hains, Arman, Daniel Spoeri). Works by Signac, Valloton, Dufy, Kupka, Kandinsky, Larionov, Gontcharova, Delaunay, Picasso, Picabia, Herbin, Ernst, Magritte, Brauner, Baselitz and Spoerri are presented, as well as examples of decorative art from Alsace around 1900, notably by Spindler and Carabin. Choices made in the hanging of the collection promote dialogue and comparison between various artistic currents of the twentieth century.
The Gustave Doré gallery houses the artist’s monumental paintings such as Le Christ Quittant le Prétoire (6m x 9m), as well as the drawings and illustrations for which he is best known, engravings, and sculpture.
The display of work from 1970 to the present is frequently modified to allow for the presentation of the most recent acquisitions. The collection ranges from Arte Povera (Boetti, Pascali, Penone), Support Surfaces (Dezeuze, Dolla, Viallat), Fluxus (Filliou), Conceptual Art (Broodthaers, Boltanski) and deconstructivist painting (Buren, Rutault, Toroni). A room is dedicated to the neo-expressionist New Germans (Baselitz, Lüpertz, Immendorff, Penck).
On the first floor of the museum, the Project Room sees three or four experimental projects by French and foreign living artists each year. The works presented here are developed and produced specifically for MAMCS, the museum encouraging a dynamic and progressive approach.
Workshops are organised for the public in parallel to the exhibitions in the Project Room, run by the artist in collaboration with the museum’s education service.
As well as the Charles Winter and Jacqueline Rau funds, the photography collection contains late nineteenth century works by Eadweard Muybridge, representing a move away from the usual practices of the period, and towards the visual approach later developed by Cubism, Futurism, Abstraction and Surrealism.
The collection also includes work by Jules Arnold, Constant Puvo, Joel-Peter Witkin, Patrick Bailly-Maitre-Grand, Jean Luc Moulène, Pierre Molinier, Elina Brotherus and contemporary photographs by young artists such as Laurence Demaison and Yannick Demmerle.
The Museum’s Graphic Arts Cabinet contains nearly 15000 drawings and prints by artists born from 1830 to the present. It includes an extensive collection of French, German, British and American poster works from the Belle Epoque of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Cabinet’s content is varied, but there are some dominant elements: the illustrative works of Gustave Doré, German graphic production from 1880 to World War One (Max Klinger, Hans Thoma, Albert Welti, Kate Kollwitz), the works of Marcel Cahn, the Arp family fund, and works by international contemporary artists including Marcel Broodthaers, Thomas Huber, Claudio Parmiggiani, Ed Paschke, A.R. Penck, Pierre Alechinsky, Giuseppe Penone and Silvia Bächli. The Cabinet’s collection is presented in the form of temporary exhibitions, and the entire collection can be viewed by appointment.

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