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Exhibitions

Gast Michels (1954-2013): Movement in colour, form and symbols

07/10/2022
— 22/01/2023
11:00 - 19:00
07/10/2022 — 22/01/2023
11:00 - 19:00
Ratskeller exhibition space (rue du Curé)

Free entrance

The Luxembourgish artist Gast Michels (1954-2013) was a remarkably keen observer of his environment. He meticulously analysed and decoded his surroundings, translating them into his own formal universe. Michels’ oeuvre has a unique formal language and features recurring symbols like wheels or arrows and a luminous colour palette, often dominated by the complementary colours blue and yellow. While the early work of the Echternach-born artist predominantly deals with seemingly mythical depictions of human figures in woodland settings, his later works have a more graphic pictorial language featuring highly stylised objects and signs. As a painter, sculptor and graphic artist, Michels worked in various mediums but always remained true to his expressive, symbolic and at times humorous and ironic visual language.

This autumn, the Cercle Cité and the National Museum of History and Art present the artist's first comprehensive retrospective, covering 30 years of his work. The show consists of two parts and is on show at both exhibition venues. The first part at the Cercle Cité focuses on Michels’ works on paper, illustrating his semiotic approach to developing a unique language of forms and symbols. The second part at the MNHA concentrates on the artist’s monumental works. It provides an overview of Michels’ different creative phases and the development of his distinctive style with works ranging from the early 1980s to the 2010s, including paintings, sculptures and a tapestry.

Exhibition at Cercle Cité from October 7th 2022 until January 22nd 2023 and at MNHA from October 7th 2022 until March 26th 2023.


Exhibition opening at two venues, on Thursday 6th of October 2022

5 p.m.: Cercle Cité
6 p.m.: MNHA (Musée national d'histoire et d'art)


Free guided tours by curator Paul Bertemes (no prior registration needed)

Friday October 14th 2022 at 12:30 (LU/FR)
Friday January 20th 2023 at 17:30 (LU/FR)


Free guided tour every Saturday at 3 p.m. (no prior registration needed)

08.10.2022 (FR)
15.10.2022 (EN)
22.10.2022 (LU/DE)
29.10.2022 (FR)
05.11.2022 (EN)
12.11.2022 (LU/DE)
19.11.2022 (FR)
26.11.2022 (EN)
03.12.2022 (LU/DE)
10.12.2022 (FR)
17.12.2022 (EN)
07.01.2023 (LU/DE)
14.01.2023 (FR)
21.01.2023 (EN)

Please find the framework programme of the exhibition below, or by clicking here.


Special opening hours:
24.12.2022 and 31.12.2022 : 11am-3pm

Closed:
25.12.2022 and 01.01.2023

Exhibition opening 06.10.2022 - 17:00
Organisation
Cercle Cité and MNHA (Musée national d'histoire et d'art)
Curator
Paul Bertemes (for the exhibition at Cercle Cité)

It is recommanded for visitors to wear a mask while visiting the exhibition. 

Framework programme

Guided tour

Of signs and symbols

Guided tour with curator Paul Bertemes

Organized by Cercle Cité

14/10/2022 12:30 - 13:30
13/01/2023 17:30 - 18:30

Guided tour

Under the sign of Gast Michels

Guided tour of the exhibition for the deaf and hard of hearing in German sign language

Organized by Cercle Cité and HörgeschädigtenBeratung SmH

11/12/2022 15:00 - 16:00

Round-table discussion

Artists' estates and their future. Opportunities and challenges.

Organized by Cercle Cité and the National Museum of History and Art

20/01/2023 18:30 - 20:00

Guided tour

Through the lens of... Alain Welter

Guided tour in the frame of the "Gast Michels (1954-2013): Movement in colour, form and symbols" exhibition

Organized by Cercle Cité and MNHA

30/10/2022 15:00 - 17:00

Guided tour

Through the lens of... Fränk and David Michels

Guided tour in the frame of the "Gast Michels (1954-2013): Movement in colour, form and symbols" exhibition

Organized by Cercle Cité and MNHA

17/11/2022 18:00 - 20:00

Workshops

Living pages

Drawing workshop for the whole family

Organized by Cercle Cité

19/11/2022 14:00 - 16:00
Full

Guided tour

Through the lens of... Pit Molling

Guided tour in the frame of the "Gast Michels (1954-2013): Movement in colour, form and symbols" exhibition

Organized by Cercle Cité and MNHA

04/12/2022 15:00 - 17:00

Workshops

Drawings on coasters

Public activity, accessible to all

Organized by Cercle Cité

22/01/2023 11:00 - 19:00

Photographic retrospective

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