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Where is 'Nana' the blue lady statue & when will she return?
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Where is 'Nana' the blue lady statue & when will she return?

07.05.2015 From our online archive
The curvaceous blue lady statue, nicknamed “Nana” stood proud surveying Boulevard Royale from Hamilius until she was taken down in 2011 in anticipation of building work for “Royal Hamilius”, but where is she now? And when will she return?

In 1995 the curvaceous blue lady statue, nicknamed “Nana” stood proud as one of the monuments of the Luxembourg Year Of Culture.

She remained a landmark, surveying Boulevard Royale from Hamilius until she was taken down in 2011 in anticipation of building work for “Royal Hamilius”.

But where is she now? And when will she return?

Nana's real title is "La Grande Tempérance" created by artist Niki de Saint Phalle and she's been in hiding for nearly three years now in a museum depot. And it looks like she's going to remain resting there for some time yet until Royal Hamilius construction is completed, which looks like being early 2018.

Although today the statue is admired fondly and seen as a Luxembourg landmark (or at least in the last few years before being removed) this wasn't the case 20 years ago. Even though art is a matter of personal taste and sensitivity, many found Nana to be distasteful at the time.

In fact during the Year of Culture in 1995, the final religious procession of the Octave took a detour to avoid passing in front of the statue, with its generously proportioned pop-art style of a voluptuous woman standing on one leg with brightly painted breasts, and odd, wing-like formations sprouting from her shoulders.

If that wasn't bad enough, for another  procession of pilgrims that were unable to avoid the statue, poor Nana had to be covered up and hidden for the occasion as she was considered to be sinful!

But 20 years have passed and the sculpture is now part Luxembourg City's image, winning people over and no longer shocking anyone. “This statue would certainly not be hidden today during the Octave procession” stated Henri Hamus, former Octave priest in an interview with Luxemburger Wort.

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