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Cecilia Bengolea visits Luxembourg

Cecilia Bengolea at Socle C ©Esch2022

On 15 and 16 June 2021, the artist Cecilia Bengolea carried out a site visit in preparation of the creation of a new project commissioned jointly by Esch2022– European Capital of Culture and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Bengolea’s project will combine visual art and performance and will be presented at Socle C (foundations of the former Blast Furnace C) in Belval and in the Grand Hall of Mudam on 14 and 15 May 2022.

Cecilia Bengolea (b. 1979, Buenos Aires) works with a range of medium including performance, video and sculpture. Using dance as a tool and a medium for radical empathy and emotional exchange. Infused with the symbolic energies found within nature and relationships, her compositions are formed around ideas of the body – both individually and collectively – as a medium. She develops a broad artistry where she sees performance as animated sculpture, where she herself is both object and subject in her own work.

Cecilia Bengolea has collaborated with dancehall artists such as Craig Black Eagle, Bombom DHQ, Damion BG, and with artists Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and Jeremy Deller. Bengolea’s work has been shown at the Guggenheim Bilbao (2021), Yerevan biennial (2021), Tank Shanghai (2020), Fondation Giacometti, Paris (2019), Performa, New-York (2019), Sferik Tulum, Mexico (2019), Desertx, United States (2019), TBA21, Venice  (2018), Dhaka Art Summit (2018), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015 and 2018), Dia Art Foundation, United States (2017), ELEVATION 1049, Gstaad (2017), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010 et 2016), The Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery, London (2016), São Paulo Biennial (2016), Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires (2015 et 2017), Tate Modern and ICA, London (2015), Lyon Biennial (2015), Gwangju Biennial (2014). Her collaborative works with French choreographer François Chaignaud, Pâquerette (2005-2008) and Sylphides (2009), have earned several awards such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennial in 2014. They have also co-created dance pieces for their dance company as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal.

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean opened in 2006 in a purpose-built building designed by the renowned Sino-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei and located in the Park Draï Eechelen, overlooking the historic city of Luxembourg. Through its collection, exhibitions, programmes and partnerships, Mudam Luxembourg aims to advance its mission to collect, present and make accessible the most relevant art of our times, for the largest public possible.

Vincent Crapon, Cultural Programme – Visual Arts, Esch2022 – European Capital of Culture 
Joel Valabrega, Curator of Performance and Public Programmes, Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean