World Class Museums between Paris and Brussels

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    World Class Museums between Paris and Brussels

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Art History, European Studies, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with an overview of the cultural heritage and museums of Lille’s
    region, settled in the heart of Europe, at the crossroads of London, Paris and Brussels, close to
    Students will have course sessions in various museums and sites as mentioned below. Topics to be
    covered will normally include:
    - Architecture: guided tours of Lille to discover the typical Flemish architecture and the
    industrial architecture; visit to the Villa Cavrois, a modern museum in an art-deco home
    - Medieval history and architecture: visit to Hospice Comtesse Museum, town museum of Lille
    housed in a former hospital founded in 1237 by Jeanne, Countess of Flanders. It focuses on the
    commercial and artistic and scientific history of Lille, and the collection features 17th and 18th
    century paintings and decorative arts (furniture, ceramics, tapestries)
    - Fine arts: including a visit of the fine arts museum in Lille, one of the premier museums in
    France, which houses numerous European paintings across periods, a collection of antiquities, 
    a medieval and Renaissance collection, 17th and 18th-century ceramics, 19th-century French
    sculptures and 18th-century scale models
    - Modern art: visit to LaM (Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art), contemporary art and art
    brut – an important museum for 20th and 21st century art in the north of Europe, including
    three permanent collections: modern art (Modigliani, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Miró, Van
    Dongen …), contemporary art (Deacon, Soulages, Allan McCollum, Dennis Oppenheim…),
    outsider art (Aloïse Corbaz, Adolf Wölfli, Henry Darger…) and a unique outdoor sculpture park
    - Visit to the Louvre-Lens, the only regional branch of the Louvre in France, including art works
    from the Louvre Paris collection displayed in a contemporary building of glass and light created
    by SANAA, world-famous Japanese architects, in harmony with the location, an historical
    mining site
    - La Piscine, in Roubaix, one of the most celebrated museums in France outside of Paris, in a
    former Art Deco swimming-pool
    Note: students will travel to these museums on foot or by public transportation and will be guided
    there by the staff of the Université Catholique de Lille. Class hours may vary according to visited

    Learning Outcomes:
    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    - Understand the historical and cultural heritage of Lille
    - List different types of art and museums, especially in the Lille region
    - Describe arts and architecture in Europe, especially in the Lille region
    - Name major art influences in France and Europe
    - Connect arts and historical facts in France and Europe

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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