Profile - MUDAM Luxembourg


Mudam is the foremost museum dedicated to contemporary art in Luxembourg, and strives to be attentive to every discipline and open to the whole world. The programme reflects current artistic trends and appreciates the emergence of new artistic practices on a national and international scale.

The building, which is the work of Sino-American architect, Ieoh Ming Pei, is a marvellous dialogue between the natural and historical environment. Built on the site of Fort Thüngen, midway between the city centre and the business district of Kirchberg, between historical vestiges and modernity, Mudam is located very close to the “Musée Dräi Eechelen”, the Philharmonie (by architect, Christian de Portzamparc) and the Place de l’Europe, designed by Ricardo Bofill. The building’s foundations follow the course of the former surrounding walls of the fortress. Erected in the “Park Dräi Eechelen”, planned by landscapists, Michel Desvigne and Christine Dalnoky, the building is characterised by the impact of the glass canopies and its perfect, honey-coloured limestone, finishing touches. The net surface area is 10,000 m2, which is laid out on three levels of 4,500 m2 dedicated to visits. Construction began in January 1999 and the museum opened on 1 July 2006.

The cultural project of Mudam is based on a conception of art seen at a poetical distance from the world. Its key words are freedom, innovation, a critical mind, and a place for humour. The programme favours every vector of expression while questioning our habits and our representations. It aims to capture not only a way of contemporary thinking, but also the aesthetic language of an age to come. One of the strong axes of Mudam’s cultural project lies on the relationship that the museum weaves with its public. The latter-mentioned are invited
to start afresh when entering the museum, to rid themselves
of their prejudices, to apprehend art with a renewed
look and in complete freedom. Numerous possibilities are offered in terms of visits, ranging from the most structured to the freest, leaving it up to the public to choose how to satisfy their curiosity.

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