The Grand Duchy's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

The Luxembourgish artist Mike Bourscheid will be representing the Grand Duchy at the 57th Venice Biennale international art exhibition.

08-biennale-longThe artist's work entitled Thank you so much for the flowers will be representing the Grand Duchy at the Venice Biennale, in the Luxembourg Pavilion. It is open to the public from 13 May to 26 November 2017.

Artistic questioning of social conventions

The Luxembourg Pavilion will be exhibiting reappropriated costumes and domestic objects – made by Mike Bourscheid – and adding to the scene with music and performances that attempt to question social conventions and societal norms.

Each room in the Pavilion constitutes an intimate world with its own decor. The costumes made by the artist enable him to change gender from one moment to the next, erasing the typical distinction between masculine and feminine. For the artist, gender is a fluid construction between two distinct poles.

Mike Bourscheid, artisan artist

Mike Bourscheid, born in 1984, is a young multi-talented artist who considers himself an artisan artist, and likes to make all his objects himself. The DIY process is thus at the heart of his art, and constitutes its core. With each new work, the artist acquires new craft skills. As a result, all his productions have a very personal aspect.

The Biennale - a world exhibition of contemporary art

Since 1895, the Venice Biennale - the largest biennial contemporary art exhibition in Europe - is a venue for artists from all over the world to meet and exhibit their works. The 57th International Art Exhibition, entitled VIVA ARTE VIVE, presents over a period of seven months the pavilions of 85 participating countries throughout Venice's historic centre.

The Grand Duchy took part in the Venice Biennale for the first time in 1988. And, since 1999, the Grand Duchy's artists have regularly presented their works in the Ca’del Duca in the Corte del Duca Sforza.

This year, the organisation and coordination of the Grand Duchy's participation is in the hands of the partnership between the Ministry of Culture and Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain.


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  • Updated 09-05-2017