14/02/2014 - 09/06/2014

EXHIBITION @ Mudam

EXHIBITION @ Mudam

Étienne Boulanger : Grafts, 2004-2006 (détail) © Photo : Étienne Boulanger

In collaboration with the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, MUDAM Luxembourg presents:

NY - LUX
Edward Steichen Award 2004-2014

Featuring the works of:

Bertille Bak
Etienne Boulanger
Jeff Desom
Sophie Jung
Maria Loboda
Claudia Passeri
Su-Mei Tse


Exhibition opening: 13/02/2014
at 6:00 pm

Jointly MUDAM and the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg a.s.b.l. are publishing the catalogue "NY - LUX, Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, 2004 - 2014".
The book is available
at the MUDAM store.
For further information contact:
boutique@mudam.lu

 
 

Introduction

A Short History

A Short History

Courtesy of the Estate of Edward Steichen

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is a tribute to the life and work of Edward Steichen, born in Luxembourg in 1879. The prize honors Steichen's artistic achievements as a photographer and curator, as well as his commitment to advocating the arts and nurturing new talent.

The Award was created in 2004 to mark the 125th anniversary of Edward Steichen's birth in Bivange, Luxembourg.

The official announcement was made by Luxembourg Minister of Culture, Higher Education and Research, Mr François Biltgen, on January 24th 2005 in Clervaux, coinciding with the anniversary of another remarkable event: the opening of Steichen's milestone exhibition The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, in 1955.

The prize was first awarded in 2005. It will be bestowed for the 4th time on November 24th 2011.

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is conceived as a cross-cultural, artistical and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York, the city which would become the home of Edward Steichen.

 

Introduction

Endorsement

Endorsement

Courtesy of the Estate of Edward Steichen

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg has been granted the patronage of HRH The Grande Duchesse of Luxembourg since the inception of the prize. The Award is also supported by the family of the artist, i.e. Joanna Steichen, his late widow, his granddaughters, Francesca Calderone-Steichen and Maria Steichen-Calderone, as well as his great-granddaughter Ariana Rodina Calderone Stahmer. We are proud to count the family representatives as honorary members of the Edward Steichen Award asbl.

 

Introduction

Founding Members

The Edward Steichen Award asbl (association sans but lucratif) has been founded in 2004 by:

Jean Back
Anny Bastian
Marc Bichler
Arlette Conzemius
Guy Dockendorf
Georges Faber
Jean-Marc Hoscheit
Jean Hoss
Joseph Kinsch
Rosch Krieps
Fernand Lamesch
Ray Learsy
Jacques Lennon
Jean Petit
Georges Santer
Jean-Paul Senninger
Hubert Wurth

 

Introduction

Board Members

S.E.M. l’Ambassadeur Hubert Wurth, président
S.A.R. la Princesse Sibilla de Luxembourg
Bob Krieps
Carlo Krieger
Philippe Dupont
Jean Back
Annie Bastian
Michel Franck
Jean-Paul Hoffmann
Claude Medernach
Françoise Poos
Florence Reckinger-Taddeï
Jean Petit

Contact:
Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg asbl
4, bd F-D Roosevelt
L-2450 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

 
 

Edward Steichen Award

Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg

Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg

Courtesy of the Estate of Edward Steichen

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is a biennial incentive supporting emerging European talents in the field of contemporary art. It was initiated to create an opportunity for young practitioners to expand their horizon, as well as to contribute to establishing networks between international artistic communities. A particular emphasis is put on links between the art communities of Luxembourg and New York, where Edward Steichen gained artistic prominence.

The laureate of the Edward Steichen Award is hosted for a six months residency in New York, at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), the premier residency-based contemporary art center in the United States for artists and curators around the world.

While in the program, all residents are invited to participate in a number of activities in and outside ISCP including the four core program activities: Visiting Critics, Field Trips, Salons and Open Studios.

At ISCP, each artist is provided with a private and furnished studio space. Moreover, the Award includes a stipend for housing, living expenses, travel and material.

 

Edward Steichen Award

Selection Criteria

The Award is open to young contemporary art practitioners between 25 and 35 years. Candidates are shortlisted by four Award nominators coming from museums, universities, art publishers and cultural institutions specialized in contemporary art.

The four Award nominators are from Luxembourg and the surrounding Greater Region. Each of them selects up to three candidates who then will be submitted to an international jury composed of three members.

The members of the jury are nominated by the Board of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg. They are selected amongst the ranks of renowned art historians, curators, critics, art gallery owners and artists. Following the general aim of creating cross-cultural links, the jury will comprise one member from a US cultural institution, one from Luxembourg or the Greater Region and one from another European country.

 

Edward Steichen Award

The Jury

2013

Jean-Christophe Ammann, Art historian and curator, Switzerland

Roxana Marcoci, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Kevin Muhlen, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

2011

Olga Sviblova, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, Russia

Dirk Snauwaert, Museum Wiels - Contemporary Art Centre Brussels, Belgium

Scott Rothkopf, Whitney Museum for American Art, New York, USA

2009

Joan Simon, Whitney Museum for American Art, New York, USA

Kate Bush, Barbican Centre Art Gallery London, UK

Stefan Berg, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

2007

Claire Stoullig, Musée des Beaux-Arts Nancy, France

Wim Van Krimpen, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Netherlands

Philippe Vergne, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, USA

2005

Alanna Heiss, PS1 Queens New York, USA

Enrico Lunghi, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

Heike Munder, Migros Museum Zürich, Switzerland

 

Edward Steichen Award

The Nominators

2013

Lucien Kayser, art critic, Luxembourg

Delphine Munro, EIB Institute, Luxembourg

Danièle Wagener, Museums of the City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2011

Musée de la Photographie Charleroi, Belgium
Xavier Canone, Directeur

Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany
Markus Heinzelmann, Director

Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain Strasbourg, France
Estelle Pietrzyk, Director

Galerie Beaumont Public, Luxembourg
Martine Speller, Director

2009

Musée du Grand Hornu, Belgium
Laurent Busine, Director

Museum Haus Ludwig Saarlouis, Germany
Dr. Claudia Wiotte-Franz, Director

Centre Georges Pompidou Metz, France
Hélène Guenin, Program Director

Cercle Artistique Luxembourg
Jean Petit, President

2007

Centre d'Art contemporain La Synogogue de Delme, France
Corinne Charpentier, Director

Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Germany
Danièle Perrier, Director

BPS 22, Espace de création contemporaine Mons, Belgium
Pierre Olivier Rollin, Director

Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
Enrico Lunghi, Artistic Director

2005

MUDAM Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Marie-Claude Beaud, Director

FRAC Lorraine Metz, France
Béatrice Josse, Director

Saarland Museum Saarbrücken, Germany
Frank Melchers, Director

IKOB Eupen, Belgium
Francis Feidler, Director

 
 

Laureate 2013

SOPHIE JUNG

SOPHIE JUNG

Sophie Jung’s polyvalent talent explores a large array of techniques and mediums. In her videos, performances, installations, sculptures, texts and even photographs she combines playful anecdotes with a strong conceptual thread. The resulting formal achievements leave the viewer with bemusement and inspiration.

Luxembourg art critic Lucien Kayser says of Sophie Jung and her work:

There is something of a ghost light about this artist. Not in the sense of the tortured soul or evil spirit, but the exact opposite. There is the fire, the warm, bright light. The way Sophie Jung possesses airiness, while not excluding a more in depth way of asking questions. She builds upon a thorough reflection leading to an impacting form, and wins the ballot.

Sophie Jung was nominated by Danièle Wagener (Museums of the City of Luxembourg) for the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2013, and by Lucien Kayser (art critic) and Delphine Munro (EIB Institute, Luxembourg) as well for the category of the Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in New York.

 

Laureate 2011

Maria Loboda

Maria Loboda

Maria Loboda has a certain interest in the dilemma of obsolete material. She has an archeological habit of digging out antiquated belief systems, or old-world logic, that she links to her upbringing in Poland shortly before the breakdown of Socialism.

In a context of renewal and turning away from an oppressive past, objects from an everyday that has become anachronistic would simply disappear.

In her art she is therefore searching for similar phenomena throughout different cultures and centuries: the memories and the loss of others. Thoughts which were thought and then just stopped because they were proven wrong or deceptive, like alchemy, the occult, dated design or music which was once considered outrageous. Because she doesn’t like the weakness of nostalgia, Maria Loboda wants to give those worn out systems their power back, like buried atomic waste, which is still radiating underneath the the surface of a complex modern world. (from Michelle Cotton, In Conversation With Maria Loboda In Cura Magazine, N.7, Winter 2011)

 

Laureate 2009

Bertille Bak

Bertille Bak

The 3rd Edward Steichen Award was presented to 1983 born French artist Bertille Bak. She was nominated for the 2009 competition by Laurent Busine, the Director of the Musée des Arts Contemporains du Grand Hornu in Mons, Belgium. Bertille Bak was awarded the prize in recognition of her subtle and innovative work with the dispersed mining community of Pas-de-Calais (France).

Ms Bak's videos, installations and drawings bear witness of her commitment and the refinement of her artistic expression, as she is constructing the memory of a disappearing community. Humor plays also an important part in her work, and poetry appears as an additional layer.

The Award ceremony took place on February 3rd 2010 at the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg. Special guest Marie-Jo Lafontaine, whose work is internationally acknowledged and regularly shown in Luxembourg, handed over the Award trophy to the laureate.

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Laureates 2007

Etienne Boulanger

Etienne Boulanger

Nominated by Corinne Charpentier, Director of the Centre d'Art contemporain La synagogue de Delme, Etienne Boulanger was the porud recipient of the second Edward Steichen Award. Sadly, the young French installation artist passed away unexpectedly in early October 2008, during his residency in New York. The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg mourns the loss together with the family and friends of Etienne and supports the Etienne Boulanger Association in their effort to perpetuate his memory.

Etienne Boulanger's research was focused on the re-appropriation of transitory zones. He produced cunning and intrusive interventions within the urban environment as well as ephemeral installations in art galleries and institutions.

He was a nomadic artist, roaming contemporary megacities for gaps and residual spaces that he would invest with clever masking strategies. His works, set up on site, do not represent nor reproduce objects. The temporary interventions and the clandestine occupation of these spaces are meant to cast a critical look on our environment. (Text: Association Etienne Boulanger)

 

Laureate 2005

Su-Mei Tse

Su-Mei Tse

The daughter of a violinist and a pianist, Su-Mei Tse is not only an artist but she is also a classically trained cellist.

Her works often incorporate rhythmic or musical elements, or actual musical performances. She seems to be able to hear and even see music where most would see only everyday events and activities. Her works transcend language and are universally comprehensible.

Su-Mei Tse was the first recipient of the Edward Steichen Award in 2005. She was nominated by Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of MUDAM Luxembourg

 
 

Luxembourg Resident in NYC

Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in NYC

Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in NYC

In 2011 a new category was added to the Edward Steichen Award: the Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in New York.

Conceived exclusively for young artists from Luxembourg, this prize offers a four months residency at ISCP, and includes a stipend for traveling and housing expenses. The applicants must not be older than 35 years.

The candidates are nominated by Luxembourg experts in the field of contemporary art and photography. The international jury, which selects the Edward Steichen Award laureate, also chooses the Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in New York.

 

Luxembourg Resident in NYC

Selection Criteria

The Award is open to young contemporary art practitioners between 25 and 35 years. Candidates are shortlisted by four Award nominators coming from museums, universities, art publishers and cultural institutions specialized in contemporary art.

The four Award nominators are from Luxembourg and the surrounding Greater Region. Each of them selects up to three candidates who then will be submitted to an international jury composed of three members.

The members of the jury are nominated by the Board of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg. They are selected amongst the ranks of renowned art historians, curators, critics, art gallery owners and artists. Following the general aim of creating cross-cultural links, the jury will comprise one member from a US cultural institution, one from Luxembourg or the Greater Region and one from another European country.

 

Luxembourg Resident in NYC

The Jury

2013

Jean-Christophe Ammann, Art historian and curator, Switzerland

Roxana Marcoci, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Kevin Muhlen, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

2011

Paul di Felice, Art historian and curator, Luxembourg

Danielle Igniti, Centre d’art Ville de Dudelange, Luxembourg

Christian Mosar, Independant curator

 

Luxembourg Resident in NYC

The Nominators

2013

Robert Garcia, Carré Rotondes, Luxembourg

2011

Danielle Igniti, Centre d’art Ville de Dudelange, Luxembourg

 
 

Laureate 2013

JEFF DESOM

JEFF DESOM

Jeff Desom is a writer, film director and visual effects artist. Combining live-action, found footage and digital effects, his work has been selected and awarded at a number of festivals around the world.

He was nominated for the Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in New York by Carré Rotondes Director Robert Garcia who stresses his choice with the following statement:

Jeff Desom is a true virtuoso when it comes to image crafting: he manipulates, transforms and ‘grinds’ the cinematographic medium to bring forth a work of a particular poetic and aesthetic nature.

His music videos for the German experimental composer Hauschka are reminiscent of the filmic universe of Michel Gondry. “Rear Window”, his highly acclaimed animation commissioned by Carré Rotondes for the institution’s ‘loop’ series testifies of Desom’s mastery of the historical genre combined with a dauntless sense of innovation. Under Jeff Desom’s direction, visual codes seem to reinvent themselves through the power of imagination.

 

Laureate 2011

Claudia Passeri

Claudia Passeri

Born in 1977 in Luxembourg, Claudia Passeri now lives and works between Luxembourg and Perugia. Her art speaks of political commitment, and takes various aspects according to changing contexts. It stimulates the debate around questions of sensitive topicality, twisting the perception.

She casts doubt in order to open a new space of reflection and to trigger new discussions.

Since 2002, her work has been regularly exhibited in Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg.

Claudia is the first Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in NYC.

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