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Casino Luxembourg prepares for refurbishment

2 min. 26.03.2015 From our online archive
Contemporary art centre Casino Luxembourg in the capital is preparing for its 20th anniversary next year, with four new exhibitions to open until then, including artists from Taiwan and Scotland, among many others.

(CS) Contemporary art centre Casino Luxembourg in the capital is preparing for its 20th anniversary next year, with four new exhibitions to open until then, including artists from Taiwan and Scotland, among many others.

With two exhibitions currently on going – dedicated to design and video artists M+M – the next new show will open on April 25.

April 25 to September 6: Memory Lab IV – Transit

As part of the European Month of Photography that takes place under the motto “Photography Challenges History” this year, Casino Luxembourg hosts one part of a four-venue exhibition in Luxembourg. Also taking part are Mudam, Cercle Cité and MNHA. The branch of the exhibition at Casino will focus on iconography in photography that connects past and present.

May 16 to September 6: Phantom of Civilization

Taiwanese artists Wu Chi-Tsung, Wanh Fujui and Yuan Goang-Ming explore contemporary society in their works, with technology playing a big role, as they work in different media including installation, sound and video.

September 26 to January 3: Mémoire de l'Origine

Luxembourg artist Deborah De Robertis caused quite a stir last year when she entered the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, sat down in front of Gustave Courbet's famous “L'Origine du monde” painting and exposing her vagina. The artist challenged the role of artistic institutions, the role of women in art and how our view is guided when seeing art. At Casino Luxembourg, her exhibition will include photography series “Mémoire de l'Origine” and video works.

September 26 to January 3: Rachel Maclean

Scottish artist Rachel Maclean imagines the future in her flamboyant, grotesque video works. Drawing on history but working with the age of internet memes, her computer generated landscapes, in which the artist stars wearing outlandish costumes and heavy make-up, deal with issues of identity, society and politics. Among her recent works is a film that takes the internet phenomenon LOLCats as a starting point.

Aside from these exhibitions, Casino Luxembourg also continues its artist in residence programme, with artists Hakim Bey and Tekla Aslanishvili to set up shop in the venue's “Aquarium” space in the glass-roofed conservatory facing Boulevard Roosevelt. 

Casino Luxembourg will be closed for the first three months of 2016, to re-open for its 20th anniversary on March 22 with a new layout.

A café will be opened in the beautiful “Salon Saint-Hubert” with the whole of the ground floor meant to act as a meeting point, accessible for free. Visitors will, however, be charged to see the exhibitions on the first floor. The aim is to create a more open space, artistic director Kevin Muhlen explained at a press conference on Wednesday.

The re-design, developed by architect Claudine Kaell, is expected to cost 250,000 euros, with 60 percent paid by Casino, and the rest to be covered by sponsors.