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Casino Luxembourg reopening on 22nd march

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain © photo Eric Chenal

On 22nd March 2016, the Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain will reopen, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new look. Indeed, the reopening of the Casino Luxembourg coincides 20 years later, to the day, with its creation on 22nd March 1996. Driven by Kevin Muhlen, its artistic director since 2009, this must for those who love contemporary creation in Luxembourg has a new layout with smoother circulation, a new café restaurant and has totally overhauled its exhibition design with the entire destruction of its white cube system.

Lara Almarcegui, vue de l'exposition à TENT Rotterdam 2011_photo Job Janssen en Jan Adriaans

A highly symbolic gesture, the Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui has been invited to take over the first floor of the Casino in spring 2016. The destruction and rubble involved in the redevelopment of the exhibition rooms will be presented by the artist representing Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2013. The first stage will now be exclusively allocated to Casino’s temporary exhibitions with a programme of monographs of internationally renowned artists and themed exhibitions.

Subbar, Sabra, 2015   - copie.tiff

On the ground floor, a BlackBox devoted to contemporary video creation will supplement the artistic programme. In this projection room, visitors to the Casino will be able to discover videos by artists, themed programmes and ad-hoc monographic displays. For the reopening in March 2016, there will be a programme featuring the duo David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin with a series of remarkable videos brought back from their recent trips to Israel since the start of the attacks that certain international media nicknamed ‘The intifada of knives.’ The BlackBox will be complemented by a space entirely devoted to the video documentation of exhibitions presented at the Casino. Interviews and documentaries produced with artists currently exhibiting or those who have exhibited at the Casino will be presented there.

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain_BeautifulSteps#10 © Lang|Baumann

For the new gourmet café on the ground floor, the artist Claudia Passeri has been invited to propose a project associated with the redevelopment of the new spaces. With her luminous neon work called Zeitgeist – Karl Cobain, it will bring a touch of history, culture and light. Comprising two sound waves–on the one hand, the transcription of the first phrase of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, and on the other, a phrase from The man who sold the world by David Bowie adopted by Kurt Cobain. Zeitgeist – Karl Cobain brings together two periods and two very distant ideologies, but nonetheless close to the history of the Casino Luxembourg; the creation of the Casino Bourgeois from the time of Karl Marx and the creation of the Forum d’art contemporain one year after the death of Kurt Cobain.

Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus - Public Collection 2014 - enactment of Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez

The opening party on 22nd March will be followed by an Open Week with a series of events including the project Public Collection by artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus: a group of performers will embody and revive iconic moments in the history of art. A new chapter will be added for Luxembourg. A dialogue will be initiated between the ‘grand’ history of art and the history of contemporary art in Luxembourg from the early days of the Casino Luxembourg in 1996 including the opening of the Mudam in 2006 to today. Their project will be presented during the reopening of the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain from the 22nd March to 28th March 2016 and at the Mudam Luxembourg in July 2016.

Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

Public entrance

41, rue Notre-Dame, L-2240 Luxembourg


7, boulevard F. Roosevelt, L-2450 Luxembourg