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LACS Announces Fall “Let’s Talk Luxembourg” Virtual Programs
BELGIUM, WISCONSIN, SEPTEMBER 10, 2023. The Luxembourg American Cultural Society has opened registration for its Fall 2023 “Let’s Talk Luxembourg” virtual programming series. This series features three one-hour programs that explore various topics in Luxembourg/ Luxembourg-American history, culture, current events, lasting traditions, and more from the comfort of your home via ZOOM. These programs are free to LACS members and $15 each for non-members. All attendees must register in advance at www.lacs.lu/events.
This fall’s programs are:
“Virtual Visit of MUDAM”
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 11 AM CT
This talk takes you on a virtual tour of Luxembourg’s art scene through the exhibits and collections of MUDAM- the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg. MUDAM Executive Director Bettina Steinbrügge will give an overview of the museum, discussing its current exhibits and collections.
“History Talk: The Early Years of Luxembourg”
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 12 PM CT
Typical history lessons only focus on the past 200 years, yet the name/word ‘Luxembourg’ is found in text as early as 963AD. Dive deep into Luxembourg’s rich history with LACS board member Marc Klein as he explores how Luxembourg’s strong fortress kept the Grand Duchy safe from foreign invaders for centuries, starting at the earliest mention of the country through 1443 when the Duchy passed control to the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good.
“Holiday Cooking Class”
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11 AM CT
Let’s celebrate the holidays together through this cooking class with your hosts, Nicky Krieger-Loos and Marc Weydert. Stay tuned to www.lacs.lu for the announcement of the seasonal recipe we will be making.
Please contact Tara Williams with any press requests.
**The Luxembourg American Cultural Society’s mission is to preserve the roots of our heritage and nurture the leaves of ongoing relationships between Luxembourg and America.**
Join Executive Director Bettina Steinbrügge as she takes us on a virtual presentation of MUDAM – The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg.
This talk discusses Luxembourg’s art scene through the exhibits and collections of MUDAM. Executive Director Bettina Steinbrügge will take us on a virtual presentation of her vision for MUDAM. Bettina will share her vision for MUDAM by presenting the 2024 artistic program and the way it unfolds as a new model for a contemporary art museum and collection aimed to engage broad audiences.
MUDAM (c.1998) stands for Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, which currently uses the title Mudam — the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg.
MUDAM was designed by Sino-American and Pritzker Prize winning architect Ieoh Ming Pei. The architecture of the museum is intended as a dialogue between the natural and historical context of its site. In its orientation it represents a link between the past (the former Fort Thüngen and the historic city of Luxembourg), the present and the future (the European district of Kirchberg). The collection counts more than 700 works by more than 100 artists. MUDAM offers temporary expositions, a presentation of works from the collection, guided tours, encounters, workshops, etc.
Check out MUDAM’s current and upcoming Exhibits here.
This program will be offered through Zoom. Members, please sign in when requesting your ticket.* The Zoom link will be emailed after ticket purchase, and we will send a reminder email a day or two prior to the event.
*Tickets are per device. If multiple people plan to watch from the same computer, only one ticket is needed.
About the Speaker: Executive Director Bettina Steinbrügge
“Having close ties to Luxembourg ever since the start of my curatorial career, I have
eagerly followed the development of this exceptional museum. Innovation and receptivity have always been at the core of Mudam, making it a forerunner among international museums in the 21st century. With its considerable collection of outstanding artworks, Mudam provides an inspiring cultural platform for dialogue and exchange located in the heart of Europe. The country’s linguistic diversity and inclusivity offer an excellent basis for addressing the issues of our time.” Furthermore, Bettina Steinbrügge emphasises that “in this age of uncertainty, museums have an increasingly important role to play in providing context and perspective for a wide range of visitors across generations. I imagine Mudam as a foyer of the arts, a place for gatherings that can help to shape collective visions for the future and support new participatory ways of living together. Together with the team of Mudam, I would like to build on the museum’s existing infrastructure, develop the collection further, and foster Mudam as an institution for research and public knowledge that actively addresses questions of globalisation, ecology and sustainability through art”.
Bettina Steinbrügge has directed the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany, since 2014. Her programme is renowned for its challenging exhibitions compiled in collaboration with internationally renowned institutions. In her former role as Senior Curator and Head of the Contemporary Collection at Belvedere in Vienna, Austria, Steinbrügge was central to the development and conception of Belvedere 21, the museum’s new focus on contemporary art in Austria. Previously, she was Director of the Halle für Kunst Lüneburg in Germany, Associate Curator
of Kunsthalle Mulhouse in France, and Managing Director of Kunstmeile Hamburg, the marketing association of museums and exhibition spaces in Hamburg. During her academic career, Steinbrügge has taught at the Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg, HEAD in Geneva, Switzerland, and she works as a Professor of Art Theory and History at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.