I finally managed to go visit a few of our Luxembourgish museums, even though it being at the end of the year only, where I found a few artists that could be relevant to my first self-initated project starting at the beginning of January 2014.
One of the artists currently exhibiting at the Mudam, the Muxeum of Modern Art of Luxembourg, is Lee Bul. The sculptor and performance artist from South Korea works around society, urban values, utopia and culture amongst other subjects. The exhibition is divided into two areas: installations in a few different rooms and a sort of research/studio area with research, drawings, mockups, essays etc.
The main room of the building is taken up with Lee Bul’s installations consisting in the hanging human-like ‘monsters‘ and ‘Cyborgs‘ and the floor-construction out of wood and iron, Diluvium, walkable, which gives the visitor a different perspective and attention to where/how they walk while observing the hanging sculptures.
Another noticeable room is a room downstairs filled with three different areas, as labyrinths, through which the artist suggests going barefoot. The floor, layered with mirroring material (a repeated material throughout the work), cold and slippery, and entering is only possible going through a low contruction out of iron and reflecting, holding the head low. Passed through, the visitors find themselves in a large, nearly empty, room with two other constructions. A black ‘hill’ (which my mother compared to an iglo) which is hollow inside so possible to be entered, but so small only two adult people could be inside, and again bending in order to fit inside. The inside is filled with mirroring mosaic and repeat the angular forms of the outside, and a pair of headphones hanging from the construction’s roof, on which one could hear what is being said, but echo’ed and repeated over and over again. The third constructions consist in reflective panels of various sizes, situated as a labyrinth only giving a narrow path to walk, as in a mirror labyrinth, with edges and corners.
All in all I found the installations very engaging and encouraging the visitors to participate with the work, which is why I am very happy to have been able to experience the installations first hand (remember my thesis?). The repeated use of mirroring material and illusions with repetitions translate into different kinds of utopias and the studio exhibition part shows a nice insight into the artist’s experimentation and research through testing and repetition.
A few more photos:
more information and photos are available on Mudam’s website.