The Loo & Lou Foundation

The Loo & Lou Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de Luxembourg, works to promote contemporary art. Its founders, who are engaged in sustainable development and social responsibility, believe that in a world made up of imbalances and ruptures that cause the loss of connections and of references, creation and contemporary art are two powerful vectors for recreating links, giving new meaning, and contributing to living together better.

The Loo & Lou Foundation supports initiatives that encourage people to DISCOVER artists and their works, to UNDERSTAND art and foster access to education and knowledge, to CREATE and facilitate the experience of artistic production, and to GET INVOLVED and encourage artistic careers.

For the last five years, the Foundation has been supporting events such as the Nuits Blanches in Paris, where every year it has presented artists including Georges-Pascal Ricordeau, Dominique Lacloche, Matthias Contzen and Kim Jungman; institutions such as Mudam Luxembourg and the Musée Cernuschi in Paris for its exhibition Séoul-Paris-Séoul; and a long-term ongoing partnership, the endowment fund InPact, which finances creative initiatives with fragile populations that are marginalised within society. The creative experience allows them to regain confidence, an essential condition for a new start in life.

The Foundation is very proud to cooperate with Mudam since 2013 in the Art Freak programme, a series of creative workshops for teenagers, followed by the exhibition Eppur si muove in collaboration with the Musée des arts et métiers in Paris in 2015. Today, it has the opportunity to support this splendid exhibition devoted to twenty-five years of creation by Wim Delvoye.

We strongly believe in encounters, in the creative interweaving of communities of interest and of sensibility – to which we belong – and to the parallel paths that urgently need to cross one another. Our encounter with Delvoye began with his exhibition at the Musée du Louvre in Paris in 2012, followed by a meeting through a mutual friend and finally, the discovery of his magnificent chapel, which he created for the opening of Mudam. Supporting this exhibition was obvious from then on, making it possible to contribute a little to the beautiful adventure led by Delvoye.

For us, Delvoye is first and foremost a great architect of life. His creation is an invitation to travel and to dream, caught between the age of the Cathedrals, an echo of Al-Andalus and of the Thousand and One Nights via the extremely modern metallic constructions that he deploys, an alienation that characterises the entirety of his oeuvre. The meeting with Delvoye was astonishing; economic in his words, we talked about his projects, these chimerical towers, this palace that he is restoring in Iran, and that artists’ studio that he is launching in the Philippines, but very little about his past work. It is without doubt another reason why this exhibition at Mudam is so important; it presents work about which he speaks little and which remains to be discovered.

Aurélie Deguest and Patrice Lucas

The Art Freak project is implemented with the support of the Loo & Lou Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de Luxembourg