An international contemporary art collection
Mudam Collection bears witness to a particular interest in artworks anchored in the contemporary world regardless of the techniques employed (painting, sculpture, photo, installation, video...).
The process of acquiring artworks for the Mudam Collection was initiated in 1996 by the National Cultural Fund (Focuna), a public establishment presided over by Paul Reiles. The Focuna acquisitions committee includes then Bernard Ceysson, Maria de Corral, Jeff Erpelding, Lorand Hegyi, Lucien Kayser, Paul Reiles and HRH the Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. Furthermore, in 1998 Bernard Ceysson became the first director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam) Foundation.
In 2000, with the arrival of Marie-Claude Beaud as director, acquisition was taken over by the Mudam Foundation. In order to advise Mudam about its acquisitions policy and to validate the quality of selected artworks and their pertinence with regard to international production, Marie-Claude Beaud created a board which included Carmen Giménez (20th century art curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Paul Reiles (vice president of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Foundation and honorary director of the Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg), Dr. Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen (rector of the Kunstakademie of Vienna) and Sir Nicholas Serota (director of the Tate Gallery, London). Sir Nicholas was replaced in 2007 by Alfred Pacquement (director of the Musée national d’art moderne du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris).
In 2010, Enrico Lunghi (director of Mudam since January 2009) changed the members of the board. It included Barnabás Bencsik (directeur of Ludwig Museum Budapest, and afterwards director of ACAX – Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, Budapest), Jimena Blázquez Abascal (director of the NMAC Foundation, Vejer, Cádiz, Spain), Dr. Julia Draganovic (director of Kunsthalle Osnabrück) and Paul Reiles (vice president of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Foundation and honorary director of the Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg).
The board has been renewed in 2016. Its new members are Suzanne Cotter (director of Museu Serralves, Porto), Dr. Ulrike Groos (director of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart), Hou Hanru (art director of MAXXI, Rome) and Thierry Raspail (director of Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon).
The Luxembourgish context
The collection is devoted to international artworks as well as to local productions. Luxembourgish artists make up around ten per cent of artists in the collection. They are chosen for their quality and relevance, without having to fulfil any quotas, and always in consultation with the scientific committee.
Mudam’s arts programme also took Luxembourg itself and its particular situation into consideration by ordering a series of new collections within a local context. Both artists who originate from this country, and those who do not, are commissioned for these productions.