2012

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DIEU EST UN FUMEUR DE HAVANES

COLLECTION MUDAM

21/11/2012 - 16/06/2013

Dieu est un fumeur de Havanes is an exhibition interested in the notions of faith and fetishism. It closes the cycle of the Mudam Collection exhibitions, which was inaugurated in 2010 with the exhibition Brave New World followed by Premier étage, Second degré (2010), Walking through... (2011), I've dreamt about (2011) and Les Détours de l'abstraction (2012). What could belong to a myth, what is an idol nowadays? What about our contemporary faiths?

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THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

FLUGPLATZ WELT / WORLD AIRPORT

21/11/2012 - 26/05/2013

World Airport by Thomas Hirschhorn presents a metaphorically connected world that is feeded by multiple networks but stays intrinsically heterogeneous. His monumental installation, consisting of poor and multiple materials, underlines how much these days interconnections are granted. It is more a question of collisions than encounters, confrontations than communication.

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MICHEL PAYSANT

ONLAB

13/10/2012 - 10/03/2013

OnLAB (Laboratoire d’Oeuvres Nouvelles), brainchild of the artist Michel Paysant, is a research project in which art, science and technology overlap. One of its major realisations are highly innovative, nanoscopic (millionths of a millimetre) and microscopic artworks. Produced in partnership with Giancarlo Faini and Christian Ulysse, researchers at the Photonics and Nanostructures Laboratory at the French centre for scientific research CNRS, these are truly groundbreaking works in the fields of art and science.

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ATELIER LUXEMBOURG

THE VENICE BIENNALE PROJECTS 1988-2011

13/10/2012 - 24/02/2013

For Luxembourg Atelier, five Luxembourg museum institutions are collaborating to present a glimpse of creative activity in Luxembourg from 1945 to the present day. This vast panorama brings back to life the struggles of innovative artists living in a country that was for a long time situated on the margins of dominant artistic trends but which, since the end of the 20th century, has found its place in European artistic development.

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LES M

SENSORIUM

12/07/2012 - 27/08/2012

Mudam welcomes the designers Céline Merhand and Anaïs Morel under the label The M. They intend to surprise us in a space devoted to the five senses. For The M, design is a way of revisiting daily rituals and questioning our sensory habits.

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EMILY BATES

THE SKY IS GLOWING WITH THE SETTING SUN

02/06/2012 - 23/09/2012

Combining photography, video and audio elements, the installations of English artist Emily Bates are the fruit of long-term research in specific geographical contexts, often marked by the transition from traditional cultures to modernity. Her Love Scenes project, presented in 2008 at Casino Luxembourg, thus addressed the Naxi minority culture in China, while The Nurturing Island concerns a tropical island in the south of Japan. Emily Bates was invited to create a new project for her exhibition at Mudam.

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FILIPA CÉSAR

1975

02/06/2012 - 23/09/2012

Filipa César examines a particularly important period in the recent history of her homeland, Portugal: the end of the authoritarian Salazar regime and decolonisation of Guinea-Bissau. Three films based on contemporary documents or interviews with activists of the time - Porto, Le Passeur and The Embassy - form the core of the exhibit, which also includes a facsimile of Aimé Césaire’s book Discurso sobre o colonialismo and related posters.

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SIMON EVANS

HOW TO BE ALONE WHEN YOU LIVE WITH SOMEONE

02/06/2012 - 23/09/2012

The graphic compositions by the British artist Simon Evans combine drawings with fragments of words and relate to diaries, automatic writing, collage, lists, inventories, encyclopedias, diagrams, cartography, cosmology...

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STEVEN C. HARVEY

VEHICLES

02/06/2012 - 23/09/2012

The futuristic vehicles which feature in the work of Steven C. Harvey, who is based in Athens, describe the contours of a “dystopian” world. The artist sees in his pieces “lamentations on the contradictions of the western world and the over-consumption of world ressources, a crisis of which our vehicles are only a symptom”. His extremely precise graphite drawings evoke the universe of a science fiction writer like J. G. Ballard.

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SANJA IVEKOVIĆ

WAITING FOR THE REVOLUTION

02/06/2012 - 16/09/2012

Sanja Ivekovic, a central figure on the Croatian art scene, has developed an engaged artistic practice since the early 1970s, animated by questions of genre, media, identity, and the public and private spheres. Her exhibition at Mudam – a decade after her unprecedentedly controversial public space project Lady Rosa of Luxembourg, which addressed the often-overlooked role of women in wartime – will present a large panorama of her works realised from 1975 to the present.

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DESIGN CITY 2012

13/04/2012 - 03/06/2012

Design City is concerned with design for its contribution to quality of life, a decisive factor in the locating of companies and an important element of differenciation and tourist attraction. Design City 2012 is presenting a series of events which focus on multidisciplinary work of designers. On this occasion, public space will host the exhibition Index: Award 2011, presenting a selection from the 60 finalists nominated for this big international design prize.

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LES DÉTOURS DE L'ABSTRACTION

COLLECTION MUDAM

21/03/2012 - 04/11/2012

History recorded Kandinsky’s shock when, in 1896, he found himself in front of the series of Monet’s Meules/Haystacks, an experience which he turned into the ground-breaking birth of abstraction. More than a century later, while the theoretical not to say political challenges which have gone hand in hand with the adventure of abstraction no longer have any currency, the fact remains that abstract art is still diversifying. It is this feature which the exhibition is intent on emphasizing, focusing on the dissolution of the motif and the appearance of forms.

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SARAH SZE

FIXED POINTS FINDING A HOME

11/02/2012 - 16/09/2012

Sarah Sze creates ephemeral in situ sculptures, in which a host of everyday objects are painstakingly assembled to form light and fragile structures which invade space. Her works are invariably conceived in response to the architecture of exhibition venues, and invite spectators to move among different scales, ranging from humble to monumental, micro- and macroscopic. Mudam has invited Sara Sze to make a new installation for the Museum Pavilion.

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FABRICA

11/02/2012 - 10/06/2012

Next Cabane and Riot Act are projects of Fabrica. This think tank of the company Benetton is an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator, a studio of sorts in which young artists are invited to develop innovative projects and explore new directions, from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet. These artist-experimenters are accompanied along their research path by leading figures, blurring the boundaries of culture and language.

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MAURIZIO GALANTE & TAL LANCMAN

TRANSVERSAL DESIGN. HAUTE COUTURE - DESIGN - ARCHITECTURE

11/02/2012 - 13/05/2012

Maurizio Galante, a haute couture fashion designer, and Tal Lancman, underscore the close link between art and industry. From concept to making, the works on view illustrate their meetings with Baccarat, Boffi, Cerruti Baleri, Craft, the Fondation Cartier, Ithemba, the Mudam, Mussi… Merging past and future, craftsmanship and technology, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman describe for us the itinerary of their creations, from the “conception of the idea” to the finished products.

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TINA GILLEN

PLAYGROUND

11/02/2012 - 13/05/2012

The paintings of the Luxembourg artist Tina Gillen present figurative worlds offset by abstract forms. The back-and-forth movement between these two dimensions goes hand in hand with a shrewd balance between a great mastery of the pictorial vocabulary and a certain “slackening” in the execution. The Mudam show, made up of works created specifically for the occasion, will have the theme of the arboretum as its point of departure.

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BØRRE SÆTHRE

UNTITLED (WARDENCLYFFE TOWER)

11/02/2012 - 06/05/2012

The installations of the Norwegian artist Børre Sæthre take the shape of dreamlike environments, on the borderline between fairy tales and futuristic worlds, calling to mind the atmosphere of a film like 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. Like these scenes associating stuffed animals and high-tech environments, playing on the concertina-ing of eclectic worlds, they trigger in viewers an impression of uncanniness.

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VICTOR MAN

11/02/2012 - 06/05/2012

Combining paintings, sculptures, found objects, photographs and silkscreened works, the installations of Victor Man are hallmarked by their murky atmospheres, at once fascinating and disquieting. Often made with found images connected to a more or less recent past, which, removed from their initial context, take on other levels of meaning, his works exude melancholy, solitude, the violence of existence, desire, and a certain mysticism.

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CONRAD SHAWCROSS

THE NERVOUS SYSTEMS (INVERTED)

16/01/2012 - 06/05/2012

The interests of Conrad Shawcross are mainly focussed on scientific and philosophical questions. These disciplines combine in his artistic work to create pictures which make complicated connections or fundamental theoretical concepts visible so that people can experience them. The Nervous System, an installation designed for the Grand Hall of the Mudam, is similar to a number of other machines which produce rope and separate it into its individual strands again.