October 10, 2018 - Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean - Jeff Wall . Appearance
October 10, 2018

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

Jeff Wall, Tattoos and Shadows, 2000. Transparency in lightbox, 195.5 x 255 cm. Courtesy the artist. © Jeff Wall.

Jeff Wall . Appearance
October 5, 2018–January 6, 2019

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
3, Park Dräi Eechelen
L-1499 Luxembourg
Hours: Wednesday 10am–9pm,
Thursday–Monday 10am–6pm

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Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean presents the first exhibition in the Grand-Duchy dedicated to Jeff Wall. The exhibition Appearance is conceived in close collaboration with the Canadian artist and proposes, through 27 large-format photographs, an overview of his work from the end of the 1970s to today. It includes the iconic works Picture for Women (1979), The Storyteller (1986) and Restoration (1993). A large body of recent photographs is presented for the first time in a museum setting in Europe.

Jeff Wall has transformed the way we think about photography. By aligning photography with a broader pictorial tradition and considering its relations to other arts—painting, but also cinema and literature—Wall has redefined its essence and extended the field of its possibilities. Each of Wall’s “photographic tableaux,” whether the lightboxes, dating from 1978, or his more recent large-format prints, opens up a reflection on the very notion of image. 

At Mudam, Wall’s carefully planned display is organised around various preoccupations that have been at the heart of his photographic oeuvre from the beginning: the construction of the image, the gaze, the gesture, the figure and the landscape, as well as speech and literature.

The exhibition catalogue includes three new essays by Jean-François Chevrier, David Campany, and Bernd Stiegler, along with an important section of images put together in close dialogue with the artist (co-published by Mudam Luxembourg, Kunsthalle Mannheim, and Edition Cantz).

An ambitious cultural programme of events accompanies the exhibition. On October 22, David Campany will give a lecture on Jeff Wall's relation to the history of photography. From October 23–31, Luxembourg's Cinémathèque presents a cycle of films curated by Jeff Wall, titled “Frames of Reference.” On November 23, an international symposium, chaired by Jean-François Chevrier is organised at Mudam Luxembourg.

The exhibition Jeff Wall . Appearance is co-organised by the Kunsthalle Mannheim and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

Curators: Christophe Gallois, Clément Minighetti

Lecture by David Campany: "Jeff Wall's Conversation with Photography"
October 22, 6:30pm
In English. Free admission. Booking: visites [​at​] mudam.lu

“Frames of Reference”
October 23–31, Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg

International symposium: "Jeff Wall - Influences et Résonances"
November 23, 10am–5pm 
In French. Free admission. Booking: visites [​at​] mudam.lu

Also on view
Mudam Collection

Paintings from the 1980s and 1990s
September 29, 2018–April 7, 2019

Art & Craft
October 5, 2018–March 17, 2019

Stan Douglas: Le Détroit
October 5, 2018–March 10, 2019

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean opened in 2006 in a purpose-built building designed by the renowned Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and located in the Park Dräi Eechelen, overlooking the historic city of Luxembourg. Through its collection, exhibitions, programmes and partnerships, Mudam Luxembourg pursues its mission of presenting the most relevant art of our times.

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