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MUDAM : The upcoming exhibitions.

As is the case every year, the Mudam museum will be presenting outstanding exhibitions that will allow you to discover the works of extraordinary artists.

Since February 20, several top-quality exhibitions are organized at the MUDAM. Some of them will be more focused on architecture, and the others on paints or on technical arts. Just Arrived gives you here a small overview of the event !

  • Béatrice Gibson

The artist and producer Béatrice Gibson will be exhibited at the Mudam from February 20 to May 26. Winner of the2015 Baloise Art Prize, this Londoner woman lives and works in London for many years now. Fascinated by the world of film and music, this artist takes her inspiration from the avant-garde music of the 1950s and 1960s and from avant-garde educational orientations such as the development of work from collective improvisations and the implementation of such a process to the structure of the film.

 What makes her unique ? The participatory creation is an important part of her works. The MUDAM adds that “the works of Béatrice Gibson, along with its partial narration, reached a very high level of technical and formal maturity, and often have the effect of possible extracts from a larger ongoing process”. Thus, the exhibition will allow you to discover a series of works embodying a mix of collective imagination, encounters, originality, movement and education.

  • Damien Deroubaix – Picasso & moi

From February 20 to May 29, The French artist Damien Deroubaix exhibits his works at the MUDAM, Luxemburg. Painter and engraver, he was born in 1972 in Lille and graduated from the Saint-Étienne regional school of fine arts and the Karlsruhe Akademie der bildenden Künste. He lives and works in a village in Moselle where he moved after 9 years in Berlin.

The Mudam Damien Deroubaix’s art as being characterized by a great diversity of forms and techniques : oil painting, watercolor, engraving, tapestry, engraved wood panels, but also sculpture and installation. Eclectic sources and references address to this formal variety, which often coexist within his works in a spirit that is reminiscent of Dada’s iconoclastic montages. Motifs borrowed from medieval macabre dances mingle with evocations of tragic chapters of modern history ; recent images are mixed with mythology or folklore ; the history of art and metal music scene are integrated. Explicitly expressionist, his paintings often convene apocalyptic themes, and that’s probably what makes them so timeless”.

Pablo Picasso is one of the major sources the artist strived for throughout his career. At the age of 19, Deroubaix discovers The artist through Guernica’s tapestry, which left its mark on him and originated his desire to become an artist. Since then, as the MUDAM explains, “he never stopped ‘communicating’ with the Spanish master, taking over some of his motifs and themes, especially modeling himself on his approach to allegory and on the commitment of some of his works. This communication trough time gave birth to the Picasso et moi project, exhibited for the first time at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in 2014-2015 and extended here in an enhanced version”. An exhibition title which is now much more eloquent ! What are the works to discover ? 15 works by Picasso from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, the National Libary of France and the Ministry of Wallonia-Brussels and about forty works by Damien Deroubaix, a fitting tribute to the artist at the origin of his vocation.

  • Fiona Tan – Geography of time

From February 20 to August 28, Fiona Tan will also be exhibited at the Mudam. Born in 1966 in Pekan Baru, Indonesia, she currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work is mainly based on the production of films, videos and photographs. An internationally renowned artist since the early 1990s for her video installations addressing issues such as memory, time and identity, Fiona Tan produced in 2015 her first full-length film, History’s Future.

According to the MUDAM, “the exhibition will cover ten works created between 2000 and 2013, the Geography of Time exhibition highlights the importance of the intimate relationships that develop between every person and the time and space within which he or she evolves. Evoking for some people the tradition of Dutch painting or the work of a photographer such as August Sander, the exhibited works offer a reinterpretation of the concept of portrait, addressed less as a fixed entity than in its permeable, elusive and evanescent dimension. Imaginary or real, the figures around which her video installations are focused often lie at the heart of the image, as seen in the six video portraits of Amsterdam inhabitants that make up Provenance, or in Nellie, a portrait of Cornelia van Rijn, the illegitimate daughter of Rembrandt, who immigrated to Indonesia at the age of 16. They are sometimes represented in parallel, as seen in the Inventory, filmed inside the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London”.

  • Sarah Oppenheimer

A native of Texas, Sarah Oppenheimer currently lives in New-York and will be exhibited at the MUDAM from February 20 to May 29. As the Mudam described: “Sarah Oppenheimer sharpens our perception of the spaces in which they are created. Every work produced since 2002 is meticulously planned and executed. Sarah Oppenheimer has a particular interest in the conditions of every exhibition center, governed by architectural conventions, industry standards and theoretical presuppositions, but which go largely unnoticed”.

Unique, Sarah Oppenheimer’s work is essentially architectural, based on the lines and the volumes of every space. It allows visitors to position themselves in front of her works in space and time. During the exhibition organized at the Mudam, you will have the opportunity to discover the letter “S” from the “Dictionary of holes”, a concept occupying a central position in Sarah Oppenheimer’s work, which is made up of “Switches”.

The Mudam describes the concept and the value of the exhibition in this way: “Following her own system, Sarah Oppenheimer established in parallel a ‘dictionary of holes’, a typology of trips and discoveries which is reflected in the titles of her works and which, on the occasion of her new project S-399390 at the Mudam, is enriched by the letter ‘S’ for ‘Switch’. For that purpose, the artist refers to the principal role of the Grand Hall in the overall architecture of the museum as a central, open and essential space to the movement of visitors where two ‘switches’ will be enabled and which, during the three-months exhibition, will continue to change position according to perfectly planned movements. Here, we’re talking about two mobile glass corridors, with proportions established accordingly to those of the Great Hall, which, according to light variations, get more or less transparent or reflective. Their positions, inside and between the entry passages of the Great Hall, direct the visitors through the museum spaces. Their complex structure, a hybrid form of parallelepiped and rectangle, blurs perspectives and get confused in a troubling way with the oblique and perpendicular lines of the Great Hall. These glass corridors, which the visitors cross or bypass, offer not only a new and changing perspective of the architecture, but also an increased awareness of its own perception”.

When to go and at what price?

Opening hours:

Wednesday-Friday : 11h-20h

Saturday-Monday : 11h-18h

Holidays : 11h-18h

Closed on Tuesday and December 25

Admission price:

Adults : 7euros

Groups of teenagers < 26: 5 euros

 Mudami card (valid for 1 year, for2 pers.) : 50 euros

Teenagers < 21 : free

 Students with card < 26 : free

Wednesday, 18h-20h : free