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Eppur si muove

Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean - Mudam, Luxembourg

The exhibitions brings together some 70 pieces dating from between the 18th century and the present day from prestigious museum in Paris, and about 100 works by artists who embrace the themes that have run through the domains of technology and science for several centuries.

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The product of an ambitious partnership with the Musée des arts et metiers, the exhibition Eppur si muove (And yet it turns) focuses on the many links that exist between the fields of the visual arts and technology, as well as the decisive influence that the history of the sciences and technology has exercised on contemporary artists.

Filling all the Mudam Luxembourg’s exhibitions spaces, and in a spirit of dialogue, it brings together some seventy pieces dating from between the eighteenth century and the present day from the collections of the prestigious museum in Paris and about a hundred works by artists who through the questions that they engage with, the experiences they offer, and the manner of production and collaboration they employ embrace the themes that have run through the domains of technology and science for several centuries.

Opening with a representation of the emblematic pendulum built by Léon Foucault – “the first to physically demonstrate the spinning movement of the Earth”, in the words of artist Piotr Kowalski – the exhibition will be structured in three sections: “Measuring the World”, “Matter Revealed” and “Inventions Applied”, each occupying a floor of the museum in several theme-based rooms. Questions tackled vary from celestial mechanics, descriptive geometry, the measurement of time and space, observation of the infinitely large and infinitely small, light, sound and electromagnetic waves, tools, energy and cybernetics: each a facet of a world that man has always attempted to understand and mould.

By means of the dialogue that it stimulates, the exhibition Eppur si muove also reassesses the dynamics common to both domains, which are often artificially distanced from one another. Freed of the conception of art being autonomous, the works bear out the importance to the creative process of technical and scientific research, collaboration, experimentation and instrumentation. In parallel and aside from their undeniable physical beauty, the technical objects from the Musée des arts et metiers embody the dimension of intuition and creativity that goes hand-in-hand with all scientific research. This unique exhibition thus draws the contours of a “shared space” between artists and engineers, artists and scientists – a place where unique yet complementary gazes on the contemporary world intersect.

Artist(s): Dove Allouche, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Julien Berthier, Michael Beutler, Mel Bochner, Katinka Bock, Stanley Brouwn, Chris Burden, Nina Canell, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Attila Csörgő, Björn Dahlem, Edith Dekyndt, Wim Delvoye, Ólafur Elíasson, Christoph Fink, Gego, Jochen Gerner, Marco Godinho, Paul Granjon, Grönlund-Nisunen, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Wade Guyton, Rebecca Horn, Eric van Hove, Ann Veronica Janssens, Véronique Joumard, Anne-Marie Jugnet & Alain Clairet, Rolf Julius, On Kawara, Paul Kirps, Piotr Kowalski, Sophie Krier, Alicja Kwade, Bertrand Lamarche, David Lamelas, Vincent Lamouroux, Katie Lewis, Daria Martin, Tatsuo Miyajima, Kazuko Miyamoto, Laurent Montaron, Gianni Motti, Carsten Nicolai, Lisa Oppenheim, Damián Ortega, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, Miguel Palma, Panamarenko, Michel Paysant, Amalia Pica, Julien Prévieux, Evariste Richer, Stéphane Sautour, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Conrad Shawcross, Simon Starling, Stelarc, Thomas Struth, Tatsuo Miyajima, Jean Tinguely, Francisco Tropa, Guido van der Werve, Raphaël Zarka

Curators: Marie-Noëlle Farcy, Christophe Gallois, Enrico Lunghi, Clément Minighetti (Mudam), Marie-Sophie Corcy (Musée des arts et métiers)

Associate curators: Vincent Crapon (Mudam), Lionel Dufaux (Musée des arts et métiers)

Exhibition under the High Patronage of Xavier Bettel, Premier ministre

The accompanying catalogue of the exhibition will bring together several essays written especially for the occasion and an international symposium chaired by Patricia Falguières, professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, organized with the support of the Fonds National de la Recherche and in collaboration with the Cnam Lorraine, Université de Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) (16 and 17 October 2015).

During the exhibition, Mudam hosts CoRobots, a project of the Interdisciplinary Center for ICT Securtity, Reliability and Trust (SnT) in collaboration with the City of Luxembourg.
Permanence: Wednesday to Friday 14.00 - 18.00

Image: Jean Tinguely, Fatamorgana, Méta-Harmonie IV, 1985 Collection Museum Tinguely, Bâle © 2014, ProLitteris Zürich. Photo: Museum Tinguely Basel et Christian Bauer

Press contact:
Valerio D’Alimonte, t. +352 453 785633

Opening: July 8th, 6pm

Mudam Luxembourg
3, Park Dräi Eechelen L-1499 Luxembourg
Wednesday to Friday: 11am - 8pm
Saturday to Monday: 11am - 6pm
Bank holidays 11am - 6pm
Closed on Tuesday and on 25.12.
Entrance fee
Adults: 5 €
< 26 years & groups (min. 15 persons): 3 €
< 21 years, students < 26 years, Wednesday 6pm - 8pm: free entrance

Eppur si muove
dal 7/7/2015 al 17/1/2016

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