Miguel Palma’s (1964) artistic works often present the world as a model in a dream or nightmare – technically constructed and absurd. In a seemingly playful manner he examines certain aspects of artistic reality or the general human situation, although this is usually marked by a deeply sceptical and pessimistic world view. 


During his artist residency in a studio with a view of Montagne Saint-Victoire, Miguel Palma, who was finding himself in the same place as Cézanne, fascinated by this subject, devised a mechanism, a reflective structure that was erected on the mountain that enabled him to reverse the viewpoint. Put up in the parc of Mudam, it transmits the image of a detail of a building located on the Plateau Saint-Esprit. The resulting images, far from offering an often fantasized objectivity, seem to hover: marked by shifting light and the distortions of the mirror, they create fleeting impressions.

Miguel Palma
Pays/scope, 2012
Metallic structure, mirror, telescope, laptop
580 x 190 x 190 cm
Mudam Luxembourg Collection
Donation 2014 – Reginald Neuman 

Exhibition views in the Park Draï Eechelen, Luxembourg
© Photos: Rémi Villaggi


His installation Autofocus (2006) initially appears to be a technical implementation of a futuristic imagination, similar to the works we know from other ages, e.g. Leonardo da Vinci. A propeller-driven rail vehicle with a video camera at its tip moves like a satellite “around” the earth in motion. The resulting picture is shown on a screen, which, as Palma phrases it, forms an analogy to Google Earth.

Miguel Palma
Autofocus, 2006
Video screen, camera, fan, earth, trolley on rails
320 x 150 x 100 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Donation 2006 – Reginald Neuman, Luxembourg
© Photos: Andrés Lejona

Views of the exhibition Portugal Agora – À propos des lieux d’origine
Mudam Luxembourg, 16/12/2007–07/04/2008


16/12/2007 – 07/04/2008

The artwork Pays/scope by Miguel Palma is permanently on show at Mudam.