18.06.2022 - 04.09.2022
Konschthal Esch, Esch-Alzette
Visual Arts, Design, Multidisciplinary
CuratorsGeorges Zigrand & Charlotte Masse.
ArtistsRon Arad, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Destroyers/Builders, Christophe De la Fontaine, Tom Dixon, Konstantin Grcic, Thomas Heatherwick, Jakob Jørgensen, Xavier Lust, Sigve Knutson, Max Lamb, Joris Laarman, Philippe Malouin, Muller van Severen, PELLE, Lewis Power, Maarten van Severen, Studio Swine, Jonas Trampedach, Danny Venlet, Michael Young, Oskar Zieta.
Through the exhibition metalworks - designing & making, the city of Esch-Alzette reconnects with its industrial past. Formerly known as the “Iron Metropolis” due to its steel and mining activity, Esch-Alzette has developed as a major center for the iron industry in Europe. This economic boom attracted multicultural populations until the late 1980s. Today, some of the industrial infrastructure is safeguarded and continues to operate, while other sites are being converted to contribute to the urban expansion of city.
In this historical and heritage context, the Konschthal will present the work of international artists who reconnect with the tradition of industrial know-how and the craft of art, whilst experimenting with new forms of production. The selected objects - unique pieces or editions - show how current formal languages are re-appropriating the techniques of metal transformation, in art and design. The intrinsic quality of each proposal will be revealed by the raw aesthetics of the space and the functional character of the scenography; thus, providing an immediate reading of the gesture and the manufacturing process in question.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a publication in two languages - English and French - and a framework program for the public.
On a curatorial proposal by Georges Zigrand.
Thursday 11:00 – 20:00
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday closed
18.06.2022 - 04.09.2022
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Formerly a furniture store, the city acquired this building in 2020 to transform it into Konschthal Esch – a Space for Contemporary Art. The transformation of the building will last until mid-2022. With a full surface area of nearly 2400 m2, the Konschthal enjoys the benefits of exceptional spaces on 4 levels. A far cry from the classic White Cube, with its spaces stripped down, weight-bearing elements and rough-hewn structures such as concrete slabs and metal beams give it its unique appearance.
Georges Zigrand (b. 1971, Luxembourg) studied 3D design at the Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg. He moved to the UK shortly afterwards and gained his first ten years of professional experience while working for several high-profile design companies in London. In 2007 he moved back to Luxembourg where he started his own design studio and now works as an independent designer (georgeszigrand.com) on a range of different types of projects, from product and exhibition design to design strategies for institutional clients.