The Museum

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

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 Draï Eechelen, overlooking the historic city of Luxembourg. Through its collection, exhibitions, programmes and partnerships, Mudam Luxembourg aims to advance its mission to present the most relevant art of our times.

I. M. Pei architect design © photo : Christian Aschman

The building, by famous Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, is a marvellous dialogue between the natural and historical environment. Standing against the vestiges of Fort Thüngen, it follows the course of the former surrounding walls, and is rooted in the Park Dräi Eechelen (planned by landscapist, Michel Desvigne) which offers magnificent views onto the old town just a short walk from the European district of Kirchberg.

The simple volumes and generous spaces of the building show the mastery of the architectural language by the famous architect in combining stone and glass. The skillful play between interior and exterior, multiplying the selected views onto the park environment whilst opening onto the sky thanks to the audacious glass canopy, is highlighted through the use of the covering in Magny Doré, a honey-coloured limestone which assumes, at any time of the day and in all seasons, subtle nuances depending on the light which it reflects. The museum is spread over three levels of 4,500 m2 of surface area dedicated to the visits. Its construction was begun in January 1999 and it was inaugurated 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 all this, not devoid of 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.

Su-Mei Tse (en collaboration avec Jean-Lou Majerus) : Many Spoken Words, 2009, Collection Mudam Luxembourg © Photo : Christian Aschman

The Mudam Collection bares witness to contemporary creation in all its technical and aesthetic forms, while remaining open to every other artistic discipline: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, as well as design, fashion, graphic design and new media are all put on show. Resolutely anchored in the contemporary, the collection endorses poetic variations from the great masters such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Daniel Buren, Blinky Palermo or Cy Twombly. The museum’s interior and exterior furniture was entrusted to artists and designers such as Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Martin Szekely, Konstantin Grcic, Bert Theis, Andrea Blum or David Dubois). The Collection has been put together regarding the evolution of international creation while paying particular attention to the most significant national productions.

Mudam lives this adventure in relation with its public. The last-mentioned are invited to shed all preconceptions before entering the museum, to rid themselves of any prejudices and to apprehend art with a renewed look and in complete freedom. Numerous possibilities are offered in terms of the visit, from the most rigid to the most liberal, leaving a wide choice of exploration. A place for aesthetic discoveries, for reflection and contemplation, Mudam is also a place for conviviality in a restful environment (Mudam Café), and for finding treasures (Mudam Boutique).

The park

I. M. Pei Architect Design © Photo : Christian Aschman, 2009

The numerous works of contemporary art integrated into the Park Dräi Eechelen, together with its proximity to outstanding architecture, point up the entry to the Quartier Européen.

The Foundation

Created in 1998, the Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean is an organisation formed under civil law whose main patron is the State of Luxembourg.

The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors chaired by S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse Héritière de Luxembourg. Its mission is to manage the future Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean designed by Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

Coming from the civil and public society, the members of the board were selected for their action in favour of contemporary art in Luxembourg and their role in the public structure (cultural, administrative and political) to develop the project of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Their presence and their action were and are essential for the developement of the Museum.