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Two major exhibitions at the National Resistance Museum

Frans Masereel in 1947 in Saarbrücken. Foto Ilse Seinhoff, Privatsammlung

As part of Esch2022 European Capital of Culture, the National Resistance Museum and Human Rights in Esch-Alzette will reopen its doors and host two projects that confront participants and spectators with powerful messages to raise public awareness of human rights, forgotten histories and the importance of memory.

Exhibition 1: Frans MASEREEL + Hamid SULAIMAN – Qui cherche la paix
The first project, QUI CHERCHE LA PAIX, is an exhibition revolving around the encounter between the Belgian Expressionist painter Frans Masereel (1889–1972) and the Syrian graphic artist Hamid Sulaiman (b. 1986). Their dialogue is established through common graphic vocabularies and thematic interests such as war, repression, resistance, flight and threats to human rights. For this exhibition, the National Resistance Museum and Human Rights will be joining forces with international partners. The exhibition will comprise drawings, paintings, publications, films and graphic animations, and will be accompanied by a catalogue. The museum will furthermore organise a series of lectures, events and workshops. In parallel, our local partners will be hosting related off-site projects in Esch, Dudelange, Metz and Saarbrücken. These events will take inspiration from the artists’ commitment and engagement to emphasise civic, educational, intergenerational, integrative and creative aspects.

Practical Information
Opening: 23 February 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition: 24 February–14 August 2022

Exhibition 2: Bruce CLARKE + Tebby RAMASIKE – Ecce Homo
The second project, ECCE HOMO, is based on an installation of paintings and sculptures by the artist Bruce Clarke, whose work partakes in a wider movement of critical figuration. It will be punctuated by the Butō dance performance THE WRECKAGE OF MY FLESH by the Tebby Ramasike dance collective, which will establish a physical dialogue with the works on display. Through their works, the artists will address the consequences of wars, crimes against humanity and genocide for individuals. They will be speaking of victims, suffering, deportation and destruction, creating connections to forced displacement, exile and migration. But they will also look at their corollaries, such as resistance, physical and psychological resilience, and human dignity. The artists will intervene within the museum but also on the premises of the former annex in Thil (F) of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp. The project includes artistic workshops and a series of conferences as well as an extensive educational programme aimed at schools in France and Luxembourg.

Practical information
Opening: 2 September 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition: 3 September 2022–29 January 2023
Discover the video of the project:

Address and opening hours of the National Resistance Museum and Human Rights (from 23 February 2022)

Place de la Résistance (Brillplaz)
L-4041 Esch-Alzette
Entrance fee: €5
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Closed on Mondays, on 1 November and from 24 December to 1 January