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Inauguration of the project « A Comparative Dialogue Act », Luxembourg Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Selin Davasse © Riccardo Banfi, 2024

The Luxembourg Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia was inaugurated on 18 April 2024 in the presence of H.R.H. the Crown Prince and H.R.H. the Crown Princess, Mr Eric Thill, Minister of Culture, H.E. Mrs Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini, Ambassador of Luxembourg in Rome and more than 400 Luxembourg and international guests.

The project A Comparative Dialogue Act by the Luxembourg artist Andrea Mancini, the multidisciplinary collective Every Island and curated by Joel Valabrega (Mudam Luxembourg) was conceived as an infrastructure for the transmission of sound – a shared production space that challenges the entrenched notion of individual artistic authorship.

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In his speech, the Minister said he was particularly proud to inaugurate a Pavilion that embodies values such as collaboration, dialogue and openness, entrusted to a brilliant generation of artists, curators and performers from Luxembourg and other nations.

By inviting artists from France, Turkey, Spain and Sweden, the artistic and curatorial team is developing an approach that fits perfectly with the theme of the Biennial’s international exhibition “Foreigners Everywhere”, curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

Performing for the opening days was artist Selin Davasse, following her residency which began on 8 April.

For the second consecutive year, Kultur | lx has curated the Luxembourg Pavilion, working hand in hand with Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean and Joel Valabrega, in charge of organising the exhibition.

This year, after a meticulous selection process by a national and international jury, Luxembourg is once again innovating by inviting a collective to express itself as part of the artistic competition that is the Venice Biennale. I’m really looking forward to discovering the sonic, sensual and performative atmosphere of the work of Andrea Mancini and Every Island, their collaborators and our curator Joel Valabrega. They form a team, with 4 guest artists from 4 different countries. For this singular project, the creative process is as important as the result. It’s a wonderful experience in these times of division and polarisation.” commented Bettina Steinbrügge, Director of Mudam Luxembourg.

The 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia takes place from 20 April to 24 November. The Luxembourg Pavilion can be found at the Arsenale (Sale d’Armi, 1st floor). More information here.