Minister of culture Sam Tanson called Luxembourg Art Week "a necessity [as a] platform for art and artists in Luxembourg.”
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Now in its 5th edition, this year’s Luxembourg Art Week aims to further its international position as well as draw in young, emerging galleries and artists.
Taking place 8-10 November at the Halle Victor Hugo, the event will bring together 64 contemporary art galleries (compared to around 50 last year), across 1,000m2.
“The content is very important, especially in a place like Luxembourg,” said Alex Reding, CEO of Luxembourg Art Week, during a Wednesday press conference. He added that there was a “good dynamic” to the event, with “a large number of private collectors”, which helps artists to continue earning their living from the sale of their works.
Minister of culture Sam Tanson (déi Gréng) called the event not only “an established fixture of the Luxembourg art scene…but also a necessity [as a] platform for art and artists in Luxembourg.”
The main section this year will see 32 established contemporary art galleries which are mainly based in Luxembourg , as well as the greater region, but also one hailing from Vienna, Austria.
In light of the 5th anniversary of Luxembourg Art Week, however, a new section titled First Call will also welcome 7 galleries of international calibre to discover the local market. These include Adrián Ibáñez Galería (Colombia), Cosar HMT and Petra Rinck Galerie (both Düsseldorf), Klemm’s Gallery (Berlin), Galerie Nadja Vilenne (Liège), as well as Paris-based Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre and Galerie Eva Meyer, the latter having been associated with works by Man Ray, Max Ernst and other 20th centure avant-gardes.
The third section, Take Off, which began in 2016, is dedicated to emerging young artists and will welcome 25 exhibitors. As the organisers explained, prices are somewhat better to attract younger galleries.
The final exhibitors were chosen from around 100 candidates in 12 countries by a selection committee comprised of Reding himself (Nosbaum Reding), Bernard Ceysson (Ceysson & Bénétière), Patrick Majerus (contemporary art collector), Kevin Muhlen (Casino Luxembourg), Delphine Munro (EIB), Carine Smets (Groupe Smets) and Nordine Zidoun (Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery).
A scene from last year's edition of the Luxembourg Art Week afterparty held at Casino Luxembourg. Photo: Nader Ghavami
Call for local artists
This year’s edition also sees the Cercle Artistique du Luxembourg (CAL) salon taking place on 2-14 November at Tramsschapp. This event begins earlier in part, as CAL president Marc Hostert explained, to take into consideration the holidays that time of year and to provide an extra weekend for visitors, including families. Luxembourg resident artists and Luxembourgish artists are welcome to apply to participate; if selected, they will be invited to show three original works on site. Submissions to participate should be completed by noon on 22 August through CAL.
In addition to the exhibitors, this year’s event will also see two cycles of conferences, seminars and roundtables taking place in the context of Luxembourg Art Week, many of which are in English which, as Hostert pointed out, is becoming an increasingly “vehicular language in art and Luxembourg society”.
These cycles will be held through the newly-formed collab with the University of Luxembourg, which includes a two-day roundtable on art in times of collapsing systems (in English), from 4-10 November.
Additionally, a number of talks will be organised with Paperjam Business Club (also part of Maison Moderne) and Deloitte on 21-23 October, all of which take place in English. These roundtables will focus on investment vehicles in art with moderator Roman Kraüssl (Luxembourg School of Finance), professional solutions for artwork acquisitions moderated by David Arendt (The Director’s Office, formerly managing director of Le Freeport), and structures for corporate art collection, moderated by Adriano Picinati di Torcello (Deloitte Luxembourg).
Casino Luxembourg and Mudam are also among those organising events in light of Luxembourg Art Week.
For more information or the full programme and participating galleries, visit Luxembourg Art Week.