Basilico, The Volcan from Place Général De Gaulle

The four photographs acquired by MuMa are part of a set of 24 images taken at Le Havre by Italian artist Gabriele Basilico as part of a national photography commission launched by DATAR (French Delegation for Territorial Development and Regional Action) in 1984. The first vast public commission since the war, the campaign was entrusted to a number of major international artists with the aim of proposing "a representation of the contemporary landscape to promote its recognition, understanding and transformation."

Basilico was responsible for the coast of Northern France from Cherbourg to Dunkirk. He stopped in Le Havre, discovered the rebuilt city centre and captured the new buildings that had been erected since Lucien Hervé was there in 1956. But he also branched out to explore the harbour areas, new urban spaces undergoing constant change.
These four works are an interesting historic continuation of the photographs Lucien Hervé shot in 1956 for the first commission to photograph Le Havre.
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), The Volcan from Place Général De Gaulle, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), The Volcan from Place Général De Gaulle, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Caillard et Compagnie. Facade of the mechanical and boiler workshops, seen from Place Léon Carlier, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Caillard et Compagnie. Facade of the mechanical and boiler workshops, seen from Place Léon Carlier, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Facade of the Fouré Lagadec et Compagnie marine repair workshops, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Facade of the Fouré Lagadec et Compagnie marine repair workshops, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Saint-Joseph Church, 1984, colour photograph, gelatin silver bromide print, 60 x 50 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), Le Havre. Saint-Joseph Church, 1984, colour photograph, gelatin silver bromide print, 60 x 50 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico

Works acquired in 2010 (7)

Rut Blees LUXEMBURG (1967), Schlachthof / Slaughterhouse, Le Havre, 2008, colour photograph, C-print, 155 x 200 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Rut Blees Luxemburg
Xavier ZIMMERMANN (1966), CC07, 2009, photograph printed on a plotter, 118 x 148 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Xavier Zimmermann
Pierre CRETON (1966), Papa, Maman, Perret and Me (an apartment as witness), 2009, photogram (video). © MuMa Le Havre / Pierre Creton
Vincenzo CASTELLA (1952), Le Havre I, 2008, C-print, 180 x 225 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Vincenzo Castella
Gabriele BASILICO (1944-2013), The Volcan from Place Général De Gaulle, 1984, black and white photograph, 50 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Gabriele Basilico
Thibaut CUISSET (1958), Roucherolles-en-Bray, 2006-2009, , 92 x 125 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Thibault Cuisset
Corinne MERCADIER (1955), Lunar Square III, “Longue distance” series, 2005, digital prints on barite paper, 70 x 120 cm. © Corinne Mercadier