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Musée D'Art Moderne Et Contemporain De Strasbourg

The Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS) lies by the banks of the Ill, at the heart of Strasbourg’s historic quarter. Its collection consists predominantly of European contemporary art, from 1870 to the present.
The work of architect Adrien Fainsilber, occupying 13000m2 and offering several exhibition spaces, libraries, conference rooms, a restaurant and a boutique, the building’s design emphasises open space and visibility.
First planned in the 1960s, the museum became an independent entity in 1973 thanks to the gernerous donations of Hans Jean Arp and the Horn brothers between 1948 and 1968, and those of the Arp family who later donated several works by Hans Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber Arp. The collection had previously been the result of donations and random legacies, but from 1973, a coherent politic of acquisition developed, and the museum was finally inaugurated in 1998.
The museums’ collection is divided into three sections (fine art, graphic art and photography), and occupies 3800m2 of hanging space, as well as an additional 1000m2 of space for temporary exhibitions.
The collection is often added to by individual collectors as well as by institutions (Musée d’Orsay, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain). The financial support from the state as well as the Fonds Régional d’Acquisition des Musées (FRAM), allow for the regular acquisition of new art works. A partnership with Stiftung Frieder Burder in Baden-Baden permitted the purchase of several contemporary pieces between 2000 and 2002.

Fine Arts
The bases of the modern collection are owed to Hans Hau... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

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 wi...+ [ Read all ]


L’HORIZON CHIMERIQUE : Ed Ruscha – Jean-Marc Bustamante
10 May 2007 – 9 September 2007

All horizons are a dream, representing, within the confines of the visible, an unattainable limit, constantly pushed back, constantly renewed. A pure virtuality, the horizon suggests an extreme disjunction between the body and the gaze, reminding us of our condition as irreparably situated beings.
This motif sets the scene for an exhibition which brings together work by Ed Ruscha (born 1937, Nebraska) and Jean-Marc Bustamante (born 1952, Toulouse). Paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and books from the 1960s to the present day to illustrate the shared affinities of these two artists, while preserving the singularity of each of their approaches to contemporary landscape and horizontal dimension.

November 2007

November 2007

Spring 2008

Previous Exhibitions

- GEORGES ROUAULT : Forme, Couleur, Harmonie
Until 18 March 2007
This retrospective at MAMCS aims to bring to light the sum of Georges Rouault’s artistic practice and research. After training alongside Henri Matisse, in Gustave Moreau’s studio at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Rouault developed a very spiritual approach to painting and the world. This exhibition presents the totality of his career and the numerous media Rouault employed: watercolour, ceramic, etchings, oil paintings, books. The artist’s modernism and dynamicism is evident in the one hundred works on display.

Commentated tours on Thursdays at 7pm (except 15 February) and Sundays at 11am.

BERNARD PLOSSU : Retrospective
16 February 2007 to 27 May 2007

Bernard Plossu’s photographs are those of a patient observer, affectionate, amazed, but discreet. This retrospective presents a hundred photographs, from 1958 to the present, depictions of India, Mexico and Niger among them.

Commentated tour on Thursdays at 7pm, starting on 22 March and Sundays at 11am
(except May 9th and 17th)

CESAR DOMELA : Typographie, photomontages et reliefs
16 February 2007 – 27 May 2007

Cesar Domela is among the pioneers of international avant garde between the World Wars. Beginning with abstract compositions in the style of Mondrian and Van Doesburg, this exhibition explores the work which set him apart, and his adoption of a personal language expressed in his relief paintings. The artist’s photomontages and graphic works are also presented here in their entirety for the first time.

Commentated tour on Thursdays at 7pm, starting on 22 March and Sund...+ [ Read all ]


5€ full price entry to collections and exhibitions

2.50€ concessions

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 129m to 7pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.


Fully accessible to disabled visitors

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Guided tours, workshops and discussions take place arond the collection, and in parallel to exhibitions. Please phone 03 88 23 31 15 for details.

The museum is open to groups from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm.