Art: rising above national borders

On 15 October, it was our great honour to welcome the King and Queen of the Belgians to Luxembourg City Hall. This event gave us occasion to reflect upon the close ties we share with our Belgian neighbours.

Not only is our capital city a major destination for many Belgians, both as residents and commuters, but our two countries enjoy a thriving, shared cultural dynamic, as evidenced through the close and long-standing collaboration between our various cultural institutions, resulting in joint theatre productions, opera performances and a long list of other projects.

Culture and art in particular are powerful forces that bring people together from all walks of life. With this in mind, we are delighted to be hosting this year’s Robert Schuman Art Prize right here in Luxembourg City. The exhibition will be unveiled at the end of November and will be open to the public until January 2020.

This Art Prize, which was first awarded in 1991 and is held every two years, acts as a dynamic, integrative and cross-border platform to showcase contemporary creation from the partner cities of Saarbrücken, Metz, Trier and Luxembourg. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to discovering the works of each of the 16 artists chosen for the exhibition, with four artists selected from every QuattroPole city. Furthermore, we remain as committed as ever to ensuring that this project, which was named after the “father of Europe”, will continue to promote art above and beyond national borders in the years to come.