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The first thing you notice about the Musée d’art moderne André Malraux–MuMa Le Havre is its breathtaking coastal setting. As you approach the spacious, light-filled museum building, Henri-Georges Adam’s monumental concrete sculpture The Signal heightens the experience, framing a slice of the maritime landscape that inspired many of the works in the museum’s collections.
By: Maxime Julienne — © ADAGP, Paris, 2013: Kees van DONGEN, The Parisienne of Montmartre; Raoul DUFY, The Pier and the Beach at Le Havre; Nicolas de STAËL, Landscape, Antibes; Pierre BONNARD, Interior at the Balcony
Le Havre has nurtured artists like MonetDubuffetFrieszDufy and Braque. And MuMa is a pillar of the city's art history. Inaugurated in 1961 by André Malraux, then France's Minister of Cultural Affairs, MuMa is known for its late-19th and 20th-century collections. From the Impressionists to the Fauves, the museum's collections have been enriched by gifts such as works from the studio of Eugène Boudin and the Marande donation.

More recently, Hélène Senn-Foulds donated an impressive collection built up by her grandfather, Olivier Senn, in the early 20th century. Thanks to the donation, MuMa's collection of Impressionist works is today one of France's largest, and the public can now enjoy works by RenoirPissarroSisley, DegasCourbet and Corot.