VILLA VAUBAN – LUXEMBOURG CITY ART MUSEUM
The 1873 mansion with its modern extension is located in a historic park. The collections are made up of European painting and sculpture from the 17th to the 19th century (Netherlands, France, Italy) and Luxembourg art from the 19th to the 21st century. Permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a varied programme of activities await visitors.
- Permanent exhibition
A stroll through art. European painting and sculpture, 17th–19th century
With more than 100 paintings and 14 sculptures, Villa Vauban’s permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through three centuries of artistic creation: from the 17th-century Netherlands to Italian dreamscapes and French painting around 1850. In addition to styles, art periods and numerous masterpieces, there are small formats and miniatures to discover, as well as the spectacular acquisitions of Jean-Pierre Pescatore, benefactor of the City of Luxembourg, on the occasion of the auction of King William II of the Netherlands’ collection in 1850. The great diversity of subjects and artistic styles is conveyed at the beginning of the tour in the form of an immersive video projection that transports visitors into the atmosphere of the paintings they will discover on their stroll through art.
- Temporary exhibitions
“Pour Élise”. The Hack collection and visual arts in Paris during the Belle Époque
03.07. > 10.10.2021
“Pour Élise” is the unusual story of a young Luxembourg emigrant and modest servant who, towards the end of the 19th century, gains access to the Parisian art world. Sharing the life of the famous art historian and critic Henry Havard (1838–1921), Élise Hack, born in 1860 in Echternach, collected some thirty paintings, watercolours, drawings and engravings which she bequeathed to the City of Luxembourg in 1922. The exhibition places both Élise’s life and her collection in their historical and artistic contexts. By presenting additional paintings that had belonged to Henry Havard, it highlights the artistic effervescence in Paris at the time.
'Summer of ‘69'. Works by Berthe Lutgen and Misch Da Leiden since the age of revolt
27.11.2021 > 21.05.2022
The exhibition is dedicated to the works of the painter and women's rights activist Berthe Lutgen, born in Esch-sur-Alzette in 1935, and the painter and serigraphist Michel Daleiden, born in Luxembourg in 1948, who lives and works in Düsseldorf under the artist's name 'Misch Da Leiden'. Daleiden joined the Luxembourg Art Working Group at the end of the 1960s, of which Lutgen was a co-founder. Together with other artists, they organised the spectacular "First non-affirmative cooperative exhibition of contemporary art" in 1969 and formed an informal group called Initiative 69. Until the early 1970s, Lutgen and Da Leiden were also connected through the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Politique (GRAP).
These initiatives by Luxembourg artists, now almost forgotten, were part of a global movement that contributed to the replacement of abstraction as the 'world language of art'. The unifying features of this movement were the creation of the most diverse forms of representational or object-like art: Pop Art, Op Art, Concept Art, Neo-Dada, Nouveau Realisme, Hard Edge, Land Art, Kinetics, Body Art or Happening. The 1960s were marked by a climate strongly favouring artistic experimentation. Artists worked in the spirit of an art freed from all fetters. In Luxembourg, the young generation sought to break free from the constraints of the École de Paris as the only representative current of contemporary art.
The show documents the artistic actions of the protest movement in Luxembourg, especially around and with Initiative 69, and at the same time provides an outlook: Based on selected works by Berthe Lutgen and Misch Da Leiden, it deals with two important actors of this movement and shows their artistic development until today. Lutgen and Da Leiden took different paths, both geographically and artistically. In various ways, however, they remained intertwined in their art with the subversive force of the '68s.
- Cultural & educational programme September — December 2021
Click here to see the programme.
Bourgeois villa architecture, in a 21st-century interpretation
The museum was designed to reflect the specificity of its collection of paintings originally acquired by wealthy private collectors in the 18th and 19th century. Its core structure, an urban villa from 1873, was redeveloped under the supervision of architect Philippe Schmit of the Luxembourg-based office Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit architectes, whose contemporary extension engages in a stimulating architectural dialogue with the historic building.
On solid walls...
The Villa Vauban owes its name to a fort of the former Luxembourg fortress built by the fortress architect of Louis XIV, Sébastien Le Prestre Vauban (1633-1707) which served as the foundation of the later residence. Today an impressive part of the fortress wall of the 18th century can be admired in the basement of the museum.
Relaxing in a historic garden
The museum complex is located in a park designed by the French architect Édouard André (1840-1911), one of the leading landscape planners of his time. Extensive refurbishment works will recover the park's original design, thus allowing visitors to explore historic works of art in a quiet and relaxing setting in the heart of the city.
Awards of the Villa Vauban
TECU® Architecture Award 2010
Prix Luxembourgeois d'Architecture 2011, Domaine Architecture (ex aequo)
01.01 / 01.11 / 25.12
N°22 (Place de l'Étoile)
Place de l'Étoile
N° 11 (Winston Churchill), N° 16 (Amélie), N° 28 (Charly's Gare)