The three works gathered in the Sculpture Garden were created by the artists Richard Deacon (*1949), Pascale Marthine Tayou (*1967) and Su-Mei Tse (*1973). They all belong to the Mudam collection and enable people to discover various ways to approach working in volume.    

Faithful to the visual language of the New English Sculpture from the 1980s, Richard Deacon enjoys manipulating forms. To create Eight, he subjected the wood, in its raw state, to a twisting movement that doesn’t conceal the creative process: nuts and bolts underline the process of formal construction that the English artist undertook.

Richard Deacon, Eight, 1997
Hêtre courbé à la vapeur, 185 x 390 x 140 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Apport FOCUNA. Acquisition 1998
© Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Pascale Marthine Tayou, an artist from Cameroon who settled in Belgium, is one of a generation of African artists who tackle the questions of Post-Colonialism by mixing the experiences they had of their countries of origin with those they have of the western world. The hieratic aspect of the figure echoes the silhouette of a totemic fetish. Entitled Fashion Street, the work takes shape through the assemblage of varied elements, presented as many emblematic objects of today’s society. 

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Fashion Street, 2010
Crystal, various materials, 258 x 47 x 37 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Acquisition 2011
© Photo: Mudam Luxembourg

Finally, Many Spoken Words, by Su-Mei Tse, takes up the classic vocabulary of monumental sculpture. Dripping from a bowl, black ink gushes from a garden fountain of baroque inspiration, as we often see on squares or in public gardens. Through this visual as well as sound sculpture, the artist from Luxembourg pays tribute to literature, evoking the potential of words and the eternal renewal of creation.

Su-Mei Tse, in collaboration with Jean-Lou Majerus, Many Spoken Words, 2009
Ink, stone and cast, 220 x ø 450 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Acquisition 2009
© Photo: Andrés Lejona