Simone Decker (1968) is well known in Luxembourg for several personal exhibitions at the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, and for her participation in 1999 in the 48th Venice Biennale, as part of the Luxembourg pavilion. Her works most often take the architectural context as a point of departure, as well as the institutional context in which she is invited to intervene. These works are, as the artist emphasises, “realised in the place, but above all, with the place”. By means of interventions that are sometimes discreet, sometimes more explicit, they invite the spectator to renew his or her perception of the spaces. With the same logic, Simone Decker regularly uses elements that she finds on site in her installations, often revealing the “cogs and wheels” of the location, which she borrows for the duration of the exhibition before returning them.

Chewing in Venice 2

Another aspect of her approach consists of staging interventions on particular spaces by means of photography. This is the case, for example, in her series of sculptures in chewing-gum realised in the streets of Venice, using a system of trompe l’œil as simple as it is cunning (Chewing in Venice).

Chewing gum Albanesi
Chewing gum dei Giardini 1
Chewing gum di Ruga
Chewing gum Forno

Simone Decker
Chewing in Venice 2, 1999
A set of 15 colour photographs
67 x 98 cm each
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2002
© Photos: Simone Decker


Views of the exposition at the Galerie Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg

Decker Simone
Untermieter, 1996
Membrane made of latex and aluminium construction
403 x 366 x 296 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Donation 1996 - Banque Internationale de Luxembourg
© Photos: Christian Mosar


Atelier Luxembourg - The Venice Biennale Projects 1988-2011 
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