A look back at the first Visual Arts Focus in Luxembourg
The excellent edition of the Luxembourg Art Week 2021 offered Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg the ideal opportunity to set up a first focus on the Visual Arts scene in Luxembourg. The variety of events programmed on this occasion allowed our guests, coming from the Greater Region, to enter our national scene and to weave links that offer our actors renewed perspectives.
The extraordinary energy that carried all the Luxembourg actors of the visual arts sector during Art Week offered amazing opportunities to start future collaborations. From MUDAM Luxembourg to the Casino – Forum d’art contemporain, via the Konschthal in Esch-sur-Alzette, or the artists’ studios of the AAPL – Association des artistes plasticiens du Luxembourg, they all presented a programme that honoured Luxembourg artists in their extraordinary diversity of practices and horizons. Kultur | lx, one of whose missions is to make Luxembourg’s cultural actors from different sectors better known, took this opportunity to invite foreign curators.
The objective of this first Focus on Visual Arts in Luxembourg was to reconnect with our neighbours after two years of pandemic. Our guests benefited from a visit programme designed especially for them, in partnership with MUDAM – Luxembourg, AAPL and Art Week. They were able to visit artists’ studios, taking advantage of both the open days of the “Verlorenkost” studios and the presence of Luxembourg artists who were active during Art Week. They met with a dozen of them in a privileged and very friendly manner.
For Kultur | lx, these made-to-measure programmes are one of the tools to arouse the desire for collaboration and encourage artistic mobility. These exchanges are a first step. Some of them will lead to new individual visits between certain curators and artists, in order to refine a common project.
By inviting foreign directors of structures or independent curators, Kultur | lx has deliberately chosen to act on the long-term work between our art scene and its close neighbours. This networking is an essential prerequisite for encouraging the dissemination of artistic creation. Kultur | lx works with all its national partners who are already very active in this field. By getting to know each other better, structurally, aesthetically and intellectually, and by breaking down mutual preconceptions, we will be able to expand the possibilities for action outside our borders. This is the conviction we have acquired during this first Focus, which will soon be enriched by new editions on other themes.