7 October 2017 – 15 April 2018
The mathematically based narrative “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott describes the life of a square who lives in a two-dimensional world. As the story progresses, the square travels to a three-dimensional world. The inhabitants of the two-dimensional world don’t believe his tales however, because they cannot imagine such a world existing. Based on this story, the exhibition “Flatland/Abstractions” in the Musée d'Art Moderne (MUDAM) in Luxembourg aims to creative narrative understanding of abstract art.
Departing from reality is a mind game that has been applied in art since the beginning of the 19th century. When we are confronted with visualisations that go beyond the existing image, this can cause broaden our consciousness. The exhibition “Flatland” showcases some 20 contemporary artists, who reflect on and visualise Abbott’s story. While initial ideas about abstract art rejected narration and symbolism, contemporary art has managed to unite narration and abstraction. The narratives of the exhibited works are intended to introduce the viewer into new worlds that exist outside of existing norms. They are meant to engage the viewer to interact with them and ask to be discovered. The exhibiting artists come from a range of generations who work with different media. This has given rise to a rich diversity in their approaches and in the questions they pose. In this exhibition, the curators Marianne Derrien and Sarah Ihler-Meyer succeed in giving visibility to trends in abstract art, something the square in Abbott’s story was unable to do. The first part of the exhibition was presented in 2016 at the MRAC Occitanie/Pyrénées- Méditerranée in Sérignan, southern France. The vernissage will take place on 6 October 2017 at 6 pm. The MUDAM, the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, is committed to supporting a variety of artistic disciplines.