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Wim Delvoye is a leading figure in the contemporary art world. He is known in Luxembourg thanks to his remarkable solo exhibitions (the first took place at the Beaumont gallery in 1994), the inclusion of his works in public collections around the country (the MNHA
and the grand ducal court), the creation of the site-specific Chapelle piece for the Mudam and a series of exhibitions at the Casino and Mudam. His unsettling Cloaca project springs to mind, with its many machines that reproduced the process
of human digestion scattered around both museums. As part of Mudam’s 10-year birthday festivities, Enrico Lunghi has invited the Belgian artist
to take over the museum’s two floors
for several months.
The exhibition – subtitled Works from 1968 to 2016 – steers clear of the simple retrospective and is laid out by theme. The visitor is allowed to come into real contact with an œuvre that is synonymous with profusion, exuberance and splendour. The first gallery explores the concept of travel and looks at how the artist renders ordinary life enchanting by merging common objects with ornaments that reference the golden age of Flemish art. The second gallery shows two famous projects, Cloaca and Art Farm (a farm with tattooed pigs), while the third gallery presents sculptures where distortion and technological processes have transformed industrial objects into perforated parts. The last space is dedicated to monuments whose virtuous realisation combines ornamentation, contortion and current technologies. E.B.