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Stephan Balkenhol

Breaking with a certain modern abstract sculpture tradition, Stephan Balkenhol (1957) has returned to figuration and a creative process that favours craftsmanship. Going against the stream of an ultra-rapid society, he has rediscovered a taste for slow elaboration where the physical relationship to the material (roughly cut raw wood) triumphs. His work is a concentration of sensuality, vivacity and monumentality, always counterbalanced by a drop of humour. Castle is a painted wooden relief and presents a view of the castle of Bourscheid, caught between the invading materiality of the massive support and the immateriality of the ephemeral idyll. The portraits of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (LL.AA.RR. Le Grand-Duc Jean et La Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte) are museum commissions in homage to its royal homonym.


  1. Stephan Balkenhol, "Portaits de SS.AA.RR. Le Grand-Duc Jean et La Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte", 2006/2010, Collection Mudam
    Stephan Balkenhol Portraits de LL.AA.RR. Le Grand-Duc Jean et La Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, 2006/2010

    Bas-relief sur bois de peuplier
    140 x 100 x 12,5 cm chacun
    Commande et Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Production 2006 par l’Administration des Bâtiments Publics
    Acquisition 2010
    © Photo : SIP | Nicolas Bouvy

  1. Stephan Balkenhol Relief : Castle, 2003

    Bas-relief sur bois
    200 x 200 x 5 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2006 – Raymond Learsy et Melva Bucksbaum en hommage à S.A.R. La Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

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