Jeff Wall exhibition opens at MUDAM Luxembourg

MUDAM Jeff Wall

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) presents the first exhibition in the Grand-Duchy dedicated to Jeff Wall. The exhibition Appearance is conceived in close collaboration with the Canadian artist and proposes, through twenty-seven large-format photographs, an overview of his work from the end of the 1970s to today. Occupying 800 m2 of the first floor of the museum, the exhibition includes the iconic works Picture for Women (1979), The Storyteller (1986) and Restoration (1993). A large body of recent photographs is presented for the first time in a museum setting in Europe.

Jeff Wall has transformed the way we think about photography. By aligning photography with a broader pictorial tradition and considering it in its relations to other arts – painting, but also cinema and literature – Wall has redefined its essence and extended the field of its possibilities. Each of Wall’s ‘photographic tableaux’, whether the lightboxes, dating from 1978, or his more recent large-format prints, opens up a reflection on the very notion of image.

At Mudam, Wall’s carefully planned display is organised around various preoccupations that have been at the heart of his photographic oeuvre from the beginning: the construction of the image, the gaze, the gesture, the figure and the landscape, as well as speech and literature.

On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue bringing together three new essays on Jeff Wall’s work by David Campany, Jean-François Chevrier and Bernd Stiegler is published (Edition Cantz).

The exhibition is accompanied by an ambitious cultural programme of events: talks, guided tours and screenings. On October 22, David Campany will give a lecture on Jeff Wall’s conversation with the history of photography. From 23 to 31 October, Luxembourg’s Cinémathèque presents a cycle of films curated by Jeff Wall, titled Frames of Reference. On November 23, an international symposium chaired by Jean-François Chevrier is organised at Mudam Luxembourg.

The exhibition “Jeff Wall. Appearance” is co-organised by the Kunsthalle Mannheim and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

Press release of MUDAM Luxembourg. For further informations please visit the MUDAM website.

Image : Jeff Wall, After ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue, 1999-2001. Transparency in lightbox, 174 x 250,5 cm. Collection of the artist, © Jeff Wall. Work presented in the exhibition Jeff Wall . Appearance, Mudam Luxembourg, 2018-2019