Luxembourg City is set to host the 9th edition of the esteemed Luxembourg Art Week from November 10 to 12. This year’s event, situated at the heart of the city, is poised to showcase a series of strategic enhancements under the guidance of its new director, Caroline von Reden.
As Luxembourg Art Week approaches its milestone 10th edition, the fair has consistently epitomised the fusion of local artistry with the international art market. Founded by Alex Reding, a notable gallerist, the event is renowned for its dual structure: a meticulously curated fair that caters to both local and international exhibitors, and a broad array of events organised in collaboration with diverse artists and institutions. This approach has not only solidified Luxembourg Art Week as a pivotal regional event but also as a bridge between the vibrant local art scene and the wider global market.
Each year, the galleries from a specific city are highlighted in the “FOCUS” section of the fair. This year, the venerable Austrian capital of Vienna has been selected. With its long-standing tradition as one of the main cultural centres of Europe, the Danube metropolis has a well-established and thriving art scene to offer. This will be presented during the Art Week and should inspire the future development of the Luxembourgish art scene. The “FOCUS” section consists of seven Viennese galleries and is located at the right-hand side of the main entrance.
An international showcase
The main goal of the Art Week remains the international exchange among the different actors of the art industry. Therefore, exhibitors come from many corners of Europe, but especially from our neighbours Germany, France, and Belgium. This includes the major art hubs like Paris, Frankfurt, and Brussels. The new director particularly praises the Belgian capital as a prime example of a flourishing European and international art scene. Of course, the most important Luxembourgish exhibitors such as Nosbaum Reding, Ceyson & Bénétière, and Valerius Gallery are also present. The latter have especially made a name for themselves in recent years with their project YLA (Young Luxembourgish Artists).
Café Pauline is a collaboration between the main sponsor DELEN Bank and the French artist Pauline-Rose Dumas. Known for her room-installations, Dumas has used her practical experience to design the concept and interior of the small coffee shop within the fairgrounds. In addition, the Art Week maintains its cooperation with local institutions like MUDAM, Casino, or Villa Vauban, both inside and outside the festival site. (For more information on the supporting program, visit the website.)
AI & Algorithms
The art world is not spared from technological advancement. The opportunities brought by Artificial Intelligence and digital algorithms are not limited to NFTs or digital media. AI is increasingly flowing into artworks made with traditional methods. This can be seen in many individual positions found at the exhibition stands. To highlight this topic, there is a “Curated Booth” this year, where various positions around the topic of algorithms, logarithms, and artificial interaction are spotlighted throughout the weekend.
Painting Dominates the Market
The Art Week is always an excellent opportunity to examine the current trends in the art industry. In addition to a rising trend towards Artificial Intelligence and algorithms, there is a clear renaissance of painting. This is not only due to the curators and gallery owners, but also the demand from buyers and the high prices achieved by paintings. This contemporary renaissance of painting has been significantly driven by the „Leipziger Schule“ movement in the 1980s, especially for the European art market. With the “Kleindienst” gallery from Leipzig, specializing in painting, the birthplace of this influential movement has been recruited to honour its legacy. For painting enthusiasts, this should be the highlight of the fair.
The anticipation for Luxembourg Art Week is building, with the art community eager to experience the fair’s latest offerings. Under the new direction of von Reden, the 2023 edition promises to be a celebration of artistic discovery, providing a unique opportunity for connoisseurs and enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a world of creativity and inspiration.
More information: www.luxembourgartweek.lu
Header Picture: Luxembourg Art Week 2022 © Sophie Margue