Two new exhibitions at MNHA

Oeuvres of Joseph Kutter et H. Craig Hanna on the programme

Exposition de Joseph Kutter et H. Craig Hanna au MNHAFrom 4 March 2016 on, the National Museum of History and Art (Musée national d'histoire et d'art - MNHA) offers to its visitors two new exhibitions, of which one about Luxembourg artist Joseph Kutter and another one about american painter H. Craig Hanna.

Joseph Kutter, the most famous Luxembourg artist of the 20th century

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Joseph Kutter's death (1894-1941) the MNHA honours the most famous Luxembourg artist of the 20th century by showing again the work of one of the most important expressionists of the interwar period.

Born in 1894, Kutter is one of the founding members of the Luxembourg Secession. This is a movement that has been found in 1926 by some artists, namely Claus Cito, Nico Klopp and Auguste Trémont. Their aim was to promote fauvism and expressionism. He is one of the tragic figures of the Luxembourg art painting: he is one of the most famous artists nowadays and was one of the least known in his lifetime.

Even though he received the Grand Duke Adolphe Prize from the Cercle artistique de Luxembourg (CAL), his paintings aroused a lot of incomprehension among the public. Joseph Kutter dies on 2 January 1941 and it's only after his death that a larger Luxembourg public discovers and finally appreciates his work.

His work is marked by a realism interspersed by a radiant burst of colors, which creates at the same time an intimacy with the spectator and the subject of the painting through the composition and the distance by the perspective and the colors, a clearly expressionist technique, like the famous painting "Luxembourg" (1936-1937) which shows the ledge of Luxembourg city.

Take your time to (re)visit the American artist H. Craig Hanna

The second exhibition which opens its doors to the public on 4 March 2016 is the one on the artist H. Craig Hanna. "Arrangement of dancers" of this contemporary artist is made of about fifty paintings with a variety of themes (landscapes, human figures) and techniques (paintings on wood/Plexiglas, drawings). He is inspired by painters like Rembrandt, Vélasquez and Sargent.

H. Craig Hanna was born in Cleveland, USA, in 1967 and currently lives in Paris. According to the National Museum of History and Art (Musée national d'histoire et d'art), H. Craig Hanna "reinterprets the history of European painting through the eyes of a master draughtsman and the unique viewpoint of an artist of his time by developing his very own technique (painting on Plexiglas) featuring striking color effects and compositions". The exhibition will last until 26 June 2016.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu / Source: MNHA)

  • Updated 07-03-2016