12/07/2014 - 12/10/2014
Vernissage 11/07/2014 18h00

Since the middle of the 20th century, destruction has played a wide range of roles in contemporary art: as rebellion or protest, as spectacle and release, or as an essential component of re-creation and restoration. Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 offers an overview, if by no means an exhaustive study, of this central element in contemporary culture. Featuring approximately 90 works by more than 40 international artists, and including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, video, installation and performance, the exhibition presents many of the myriad ways in which artists have considered and invoked destruction in their process.

Harold Edgerton with Germeshausen & Grier (for the US Atomic Energy Commission) : Photography of Nuclear Detonations, 1950s, Courtesy MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts © The artist, photo: Rémi Villaggi
Ed Ruscha : The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire, 1965–68, Collection Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972 © Photo: Remi Villaggi
Raphael Montañez Ortiz : Piano Destruction Concert: Dance Number One, Part 3 of Duncan Terrace 1966 Destruction In Art Symposium London England Piano Destruction Concert: The Eagle in Flight, Remnants of destroyed piano from Mudam Piano Destruction Concert, Performance of July 11th, 2014, Production and Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Donation of the artist © Photo: Remi Villaggi

Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in association with Mudam Luxembourg and Universalmuseum Joanneum/Kunsthaus Graz.

The international tour of Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 received major funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and is also made possible through generous support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Japan Foundation.

Kerry Brougher
(Director, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures)

Russell Ferguson
(Professor, ULCA Department of Art, Los Angeles)

Under the Patronage of the Embassy of the United States in Luxembourg

Main partner of the exhibition

Under the Patronage of the Embassy of the United States in Luxembourg


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