Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
leoh Ming Pei
The first museum of contemporary art in Luxembourg, the Mudam - with Jacques Santer as its President and under the directorship of Marie-Claude Beaud - offers an exhibition programme which is open to all fields of design: painting, sculpture, installation, sound, video, photography, design, graphics, fashion, the new media…
The Mudam seeks to tear up the standard contract to which the public all too often cling when visiting a museum. Right from the reception area, one is invited to be seduced by the multiplicity of proportions, which are employed over the three levels of the building.
The modernist architecture of leoh Ming Pei, with its pure, monumental, geometric forms, is designed to offer the ideal space for the presentation of works of art and artistic interventions. l.M.Pei does not seek to dominate the art, but attempts to lead the visitor to the contemplation of the works on display : by the choice of materials, the use of specifically adapted lighting which varies from one level to another, even from one room to another, and by the sound which stimulates the visitor while making his or her way round. This wandering is all the more fluid given that numerous staircases and walkways, which were the object of the most solicitous attention on the part of the architect, link the spaces and levels.
Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec were responsible for designing two areas of the Musée: the café and the boutique. Between a high glass roof and a clear glass floor, which reflects the light, they designed the café as an autonomous structure, covered with a ‘sky’ of (Kvadrat) fabric tiles. The café is based around a ‘canteen’ area and a ‘relaxation’ area, the latter naturally being furnished with the Facett settee, armchair and footrest which the Bouroullecs designed for Ligne Roset, and which act as the accessible, muted, warm and playful echo of the tiles, being covered in the same Kvadrat Divina fabric.