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Claude Lévêque

Claude Lévêque (1953) has been developing, since the 1980s, works of art notably marked by the culture of the punk movement. Refusing any categorisation, his creations often take the shape of environments in which objects, light and sound combine to create dense atmospheres. With Sans Titre (La Fontaine d’argent, le Château d’eau, le Chemin de fer), Sans Titre (Arbeit macht frei) and Sans Titre, Mudam possesses three works of art which exemplify the development of his artistic practice.

The provocative juxtaposition of two emblematic symbols from the 20th century in Sans Titre (Arbeit macht frei) underlines the hatred that Lévêque has for all forms of ideology. The combination of the sadly famous sentence “Arbeit macht frei”, borrowed from the entrance gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp, with the character of Mickey, created in white neon from a children’s drawing, offers a collision between two visions of the world, worked with brutality, and without straying from punk: they exclude, a priori, one from the other, like black and white, but are they not, in fact, linked?

Artworks

  1. Claude Lévêque Le Conquérant, 1984

    Acrylique sur plâtre, profil or, ampoule électrique
    80 x 70 x 140 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2002
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Claude Lévêque Sans titre, 1990

    Lit métallisé et tube néon
    92 x 205 x 70 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photo : Hugues Bigo

  1. Claude Lévêque Sans titre, 2000

    Lumière noire, peinture noire, sandow fluorescent
    Dimensions variables
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photo : Hugues Bigo

  1. Claude Lévêque Sans titre (Arbeit macht frei), 1992

    Tube néon et métal
    100 x 400 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2001
    Vue de l’exposition Le meilleur des mondes, 31.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Claude Lévêque Sans titre (La Fontaine d'argent, le château d'eau, le chemin de fer), 1986

    Inscription sur chaise, dossier taillé et lampe
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Vue de l’exposition Le meilleur des mondes (du point de vue de la Collection Mudam), 31.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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