The Luxembourg Art Week will take place from 9th to 22nd November 2020. This year, as a result of the consequences of the global pandemic, this essential event for art lovers and professionals will mainly take place online. On the digital platform of the fair, visitors will be able to discover almost 70 contemporary art galleries, cultural institutions and collectives of national and international artists.
A discovery through three additional sections
The fair goes digital in 2020. The organisers offer a virtual exhibition with customised showrooms on a platform that features the architecture of the two exhibition halls, the dimensions of the premises, the setting up of the stands and even the lighting. This 3D model means that visitors can take a 'stroll' through the fair's three sections:
- Main Section: over 30 well-established regional and international galleries.
- Take Off: a prospection of about 25 galleries and young artists, institutions, associations and artists' collectives who sell works of art at affordable prices and who benefit from introducing their work to a wider audience.
- Focus: a new section that puts the great creativity of an art scene into the limelight. This year, it's Brussel's turn.
Art Week 3D: a digital fair that stays close to reality
From this year onwards, the digitised catalogue is integrated to the website of the fair and features almost 1,500 works of 450 artists. Filters allow visitors to make a more detailed search by gallery, artist, price or medium and thus possibly find their favourites more quickly. The catalogue also includes a wide range of unique works, broadening the selection of galleries for virtual stands.
The fair's 3D model offers a virtual tour: visitors can stroll through the aisles, enter the booths, interact with the works, view captions, see details and get in touch (via a link) with the galleries.
This technological approach continues in the Creative Club, a place of sharing and discovery. As of this edition, this area will present about ten logistical and digital solutions designed by start-ups and online companies to enrich the artistic world.
Conferences with internationally renowned speakers, featuring the latest developments in art and cultural policies, will be available on the website and Youtube page of Luxembourg Art Week. A round table on the theme of Land art and environmental and aesthetic awareness in art will round off the programme live on Saturday 21st November at the Halle Victor Hugo.
Virtual stands of the galleries Lelong & Co. and Maruani Mercier with, in the foreground, the works of David Hockney, The Chairs and Sparer Chairs (2014), on the left, and of Peter Halley, Nomadland (2020), on the right.
Outside the walls: an intensified programme with partners in the region
Since 1st November - and until 22nd November - the Salon of the CAL - Artistic Circle of Luxembourg can be enjoyed at the Tramsschapp. The Salon will give you an overview of local artistic works and showcases the quality and diversity of the country's artistic creation. 47 artists, selected by an international jury, each exhibit three personal works of art. Entrance to the salon is free. That said, don't forget to book a slot!
Jaume Plensa, Carlota, 2018 (cast iron, 450 x 192 x 63 cm)
For its Carte blanche, the Casino Luxembourg – Contemporary Art Forum invited the Belgian artist Arnaud Eubelen to use the vacant space of the former Karen Millen shop, a stone's throw from the forum. The exhibition will continue with a second proposal of the artist in the gallery on the first floor of the Casino Luxembourg. Arnaud Eubelen's work is positioned between sculpture and industrial design and questions at the same time art, luxury and industrialization.
The monumental sculpture of the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa will be set up - in collaboration with the Lelong & Co. Gallery and in partnership with the City of Luxembourg - on the Robert Schuman roundabout from 1st to 15th December 2020. Carlota is a 4-metre tall cast iron sculpture. It is part of a cycle of works by the artist on portraits of young girls.
As part of the Luxembourg Art Week, the Rotondes offer a guided tour of the exhibition LEAP20, The Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize, on Saturday 21st November 2020 and a meeting with the artists on Sunday 22nd November. The artists who are selected for this exhibition have demonstrated an innovative approach. The LEAP seeks to support them in their professionalization and visibility.
This are only a few options out of all the proposed activities for the Luxembourg Art Week. You will find the full programme on the fair's website.