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Damage Control : Art and Destruction Since 1950

Mudam Collection

Since the middle of the 20th century, destruction has played a wide range of roles in contemporary art: as rebellion or protest, as spectacle and release, or as an essential component of re-creation and restoration. Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 offers an overview, if by no means an exhaustive study, of this central element in contemporary culture. Featuring approximately 90 works by more than 40 international artists, and including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, video, installation and performance, the exhibition presents many of the myriad ways in which artists have considered and invoked destruction in their process.

Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC in association with Mudam Luxembourg and Universalmuseum Joanneum/Kunsthaus Graz.

The international tour of Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 received major funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and is also made possible through generous support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Japan Foundation.


  • Kerry Brougher
    (Director, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures)

    Russell Ferguson
    (Professor, ULCA Department of Art, Los Angeles)

    Under the Patronage of the Embassy of the United States in Luxembourg


Ai Weiwei,Roy Arden,John Baldessari,Walead Beshty,Monica Bonvicini,Mircea Cantor,Vija Celmins,Jake and Dinos Chapman,Bruce Conner,Luc Delahaye,Thomas Demand ,Sam Durant,Harold Edgerton,Dara Friedman,Ori Gersht,Jack Goldstein, Felix Gonzalez-Torres & Christopher Wool,Douglas Gordon,Mona Hatoum,Larry Johnson,Yves Klein, Michael Landy,Christian Marclay,Gordon Matta-Clark,Steve McQueen,Gustav Metzger,Raphael Montañez Ortiz,Juan Muñoz,Laurel Nakadate ,Yoshitomo Nara, Arnold Odermatt, Yoko Ono,Pipilotti Rist,Thomas Ruff,Ed Ruscha, Joe Sola, Jean Tinguely, Shōmei Tōmatsu,Jeff Wall,Andy Warhol