The cooler temperatures in autumn are a great opportunity to visit the new Esch2022 exhibitions and learn something new!

My Echo, My Shadow and Me

The new exhibitions in November are above all educational and inclusive. From locally collected marine fossils and the history of Pope John Paul II, to a guided tour of an exhibition at the CNA archives led by former iron workers, there’s definitely something for everyone.

 My Echo, My Shadow and Me is a social and artistic project that explores how our digital culture influences the identity of younger generations and how to understand and explore one’s self as well as one’s community through technological tools such as cameras, smartphones or social media.

Within this framework, the project hosted autobiographical workshops on a regular basis between September 2021 and June 2022, led by artist and facilitator Cristina Nuñez, allowing groups of young people aged between 15 and 26 living in the area to participate in the creation of participatory artworks with an autobiographical focus and social ethos.

Furthermore, the groups exchanged ideas with curator Carolina Lio about the ways in which participatory art can help create communities and empower young people. The resulting exhibition will be presented at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-Alzette starting November. It will be accessible online and accompanied by a publication.

8.11. – 7.12
from 9 am – 8 pm
Maison du Savoir
Avenue de l’Université
L-4365 Esch-Alzette
Free entrance

Opening reception
16.11.22 at 7 pm
Maison des Arts et des Etudiants
Av. de la Fonte
Grande Salle

Another exhibition opening in Esch-Alzette in November is Escher Shells II, which was created as part of the Wäiss Kaul project. This is a double project consisting of a gigantic concrete sculpture and a mobile pavilion. This project wants to highlight the geological responsibility of mankind in connection with the industrial exploitation of the earth. Within this framework, the company Cimalux, which operates a quarry, will process a 23-metre-thick layer of rock into cement. This layer of coral limestone will then be recreated thanks to 3D scanning technology, resulting in a concrete sculpture revealing the relief of the coral rock with all its layers, thus reflecting the monumentality of its long history.

In a second phase, the formwork of this sculpture is then reused. The result is a modular pavilion that can be transported and visit various sites representing important locations of the region’s industrial past. Throughout the year, and in collaboration with the MNHN, this pavilion has displayed marine fossils found in the areas around these various sites. In November, this exciting travelling exhibition will stop at Bâtiment 4 in Esch-Alzette. In addition to the fossils, artists Serge Ecker and Franck Miltgen will also be presenting a series of artistic virtual objects and holographic images. An absolute must-see!

Until 22.11
10 am – 6 pm
Bâtiment 4
66 Rue de Luxembourg
4149 Esch-Alzette
Ancien bunker et salle des coffres
More information here

Another exhibition that is absolutely worth visiting is IN TRANSFER – A New Condition, which can be seen until the end of November. It takes as its starting point the transformation of the former “Möllerei” and the surrounding industrial site: the exhibition questions the concepts of transformation and change. Within this framework, the Ars Electronica Institute will present different artists in the Möllerei who operate at the intersection of technology, art and society and who can always be found right where change is happening. Visitors have the opportunity to meet a generation of artists who, as citizens of this world, would like to contribute by their approach to a different perception and evaluation of the things around us in order to be able to make more far-sighted decisions.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge on the weekend of 26.11 to 27.11.

Where? At the Visitor Centre, 3 avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4361, Esch-Belval
When? 03.09.2022 – 27.11.2022
Tickets here

Open daily from 11 am to 7 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Open on public holidays from 11 am to 7 pm

Open daily from 11 am to 6 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Open on public holidays from 11 am to 6 pm

The Ensemble même si différents project is made up of a 66-part programme (concerts, exhibitions, conferences and performances for all ages…) that will take place in different religious sites and public places throughout the entire year. Each of these events is conceived as an intercultural experience where everyone can take part in order to get an idea of the diversity of our communities and the cultural richness of the sacred buildings.

Thanks to the diversity of participants of different nationalities, origins and beliefs, the project has developed a programme that allows unique ideas and concepts to unfold, all while putting the individual with all its many facets in the spotlight. In the spirit of Remix People, the project also looks beyond national borders in order to promote a united Europe but also to give a voice to refugees, humanitarian associations, politicians and citizens of the region.

As part of this project, the exhibition Jean-Paul II l’homme et la culture will take place from November on, highlighting various aspects of the former Polish Pope’s life and taking a closer look at his cultural and educational activities.

19.11 – 19.12
2 pm – 5 pm
Eglise Sacré-Cœur
77 rue Zénon Bernard L-4031 Esch-Alzette
Closed on Mondays
Free entrance
More information here

In the same context, photographer and former ARBED employee Fernand Konnen presents archive images and memories of the papal visit to Esch-Alzette in 1985 – all thanks to the support of ArcelorMittal.

19.11 – 19.12
2 pm – 5 pm
Eglise Sacré-Cœur
77 rue Zénon Bernard L-4031 Esch-Alzette
Closed on Mondays
Free entrance
More information here

The project our archive. your story. on the other hand, aims to raise awareness of the value of the audiovisual heritage among a broad and diverse public. In six selected municipalities, the CNA team in collaboration with Michel Feinen have chosen emblematic sites where they will create special itineraries revolving around the image and sound archives.

The existing documents of the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CNA) bear witness to the rise and gradual decline of the steel industry, but also to the economic, social, cultural, family and daily life in the region in general. In the frame of the project, the CNA has established meeting points in various municipalities, where a temporary digitisation office has been set up. These offices give citizens the opportunity to actively participate in enriching and enhancing the collection of the CNA and reflecting the diversity of people and experiences both over time and between different population groups.

The Pomhouse in Dudelange currently serves as the base for the project and will host a permanent digitisation office during the year of the Capital of Culture. This emblematic site in the south of Luxembourg is also used as a projection and exhibition space for the sub-project Stëmme vun der Schmelz. As part of this exhibition, the CNA is organising the guided tour Erzielt emol… een Zäitzeientreff, led by 19 actual contemporary witnesses of the former steel industry. Come along and listen to the fascinating stories of the “smelters” or you can even share your own memories from this formative and important time for Luxembourg.

Free guided tour
3 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Language: LU
Waassertuerm + Pomhouse, CNA
1b, rue du Centenaire
L-3475 Dudelange
Free entry
More information here

No registration required as long as places are available