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Mudam Luxembourg Presents Six Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Mudam Luxembourg presents six exhibitions illustrating the diversity of approaches and media that go to make up contemporary art.

Attila Csörgö leads us into a universe of scientific exploration, providing a comprehensive overview of his career, beginning from the early 1990s and reaching international acclaim in the form of major art exhibitions and awards. Empirical folding of great mathematical complexity, hypnotic plays of light resting on indecipherable mechanical movements, and other inventions that combine fantasy with curiosity about extremely varied physical and mathematical phenomena. The exhibition at Mudam is the second issue of an international series that started at Ludwig Museum—Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest in 2009, the next venue being the Hamburger Kunsthalle—Galerie der Gegenwart in 2011.

The exhibition by Daniel Buren is the fruit of a joint invitation to the artist from Mudam and Centre Pompidou-Metz to create a specific installation in relation to their respective spaces. As it is often the case with his work, the installation the artist has conceived for Mudam is concerned with “frames”—be they aesthetic, architectural or institutional—which condition any exhibited art. Through his installation, Daniel Buren addresses the most symbolic “frame” of the museum, namely the architecture of Ieoh Ming Pei, while subverting, not without a certain irony, the invitation to exhibit in the central space of the Grand Hall, which itself sums up Pei’s architectural discourse.

The exhibition which Nina Beier and Marie Lund have devised for Mudam draws its inspiration from a fictional text written by the art critic Francesco Pedraglio, following the artists’ invitation to make a subjective reading of their previous show, held at De Vleeshal in Middelburg, the Netherlands. Brought together under the shared title The Object Lessons, the two exhibitions and the narrative that links them together are less the result of the implementation of a pre-ordained plan than the development of something akin to a sequence of echoes: an exhibition giving rise to a fictional text, itself engendering an exhibition.

The exhibition Just Love me – Regard sur une collection privée (A look at a private collection) is the first edition of a series of future exhibitions showing the diversity of approaches chosen in collecting contemporary art, in and out of Luxembourg. For the first part of this series, Mudam thought of a couple of collectors who, a number of years ago, started to gather artworks by well-known, even historic, artists such as Donald Judd and Andy Warhol, and rubbing shoulders with emerging talent.

The exhibition Illogical thoughts… is articulated around sound installations commissioned by Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), in collaboration with Mudam, from Antoine Defoort, Marcelline Delbecq, Pierre-Yves Macé, three artists which, in their different domains—performance, visual arts and musical composition—are interested in speech and the illogical trains of thought that it can generate. The exhibition is presented as part of the Diagonales project, initiated by the CNAP in collaboration with around twenty venues in France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Finally, Mudam Collection. Premier étage – Second Degré explores a spirit that, since Marcel Duchamp, continues to infuse contemporary artistic creation. The practices of misappropriation and irony serve the critical spirit of artists like Sam Baron, Claude Closky, Tony Cragg, Jürgen Drescher, General Idea, John Giorno, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Martin Margiela, Albert Oehlen, Heimo Zobernig… and give them the distance and the filters necessary to bring a sense of play to the serious business of their quest.

Attila Csörgö. Archimedean Point
09/10/2010 - 23/01/2011

Daniel Buren. Architecture, Contre-Architecture: Transposition. Travail in situ
09/10/2010 - 22/05/2011

Nina Beier and Marie Lund. The Object Lessons
09/10/2010 - 30/01/2011

Just Love me. Regard sur une collection privée
09/10/2010 - 30/01/2011

Illogical thoughts… Within the framework of “Diagonales : son, vibration et musique dans la collection du Centre national des arts plastiques”
09/10/2010 - 30/01/2011

Collection Mudam. Premier étage – Second degré
17/11/2010 – 10/04/2011

Image: Daniel Buren, “Architecture, contre-architecture: transposition,” 2010. In situ project, 15 x 14 x 14 m Wood, steel, plasterboard, coloured transparent filters and diffusing white filters, self-adhesive vinyl, plaster, painting. Production Mudam Luxembourg. © Photo: Andrés Lejona.

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Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
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