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Jean-Marie Biwer, "Ciel Nr 3", 2008
Jean-Marie Biwer

D’après nature

Mudam Luxembourg presents an exhibition of new and recent paintings by the Luxembourgish artist, Jean-Marie Biwer (b. 1957, Dudelange). Gathering works from the last 15 years, this monographic exhibition brings into focus his distinct approach to painting landscapes, nature and the everyday life environment. It is the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in a Luxembourgish museum marking a 40 year career in painting.

Over the past four decades Biwer has developed a painting practice that conveys a singular and careful scrutiny of the world, encompassing both his day-to-day environment and a broader outlook on contemporary society. Working in reference to the history of painting and its established traditions including landscape, still life, interiors and portraiture, Biwer’s work questions the role that painting can play today, within a world that is saturated with imagery and information.

D’après nature gathers the most important works that Jean-Marie Biwer has produced since 2005. The exhibition highlights key themes and recurrent subjects including the natural and urban landscape; trees, skies, clouds, the seasons, and the artist’s immediate working environment, primarily the studio. Paintings such Arbre (2007-2008) and Before the Flood (2016-18) invite us to slow down our gaze and to pay attention to the seemingly infinite variations of light and atmosphere that animate the natural environment. Other works such as the large-scale, three-panel painting Ciel n°3 (2010) from the collection of the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, and the 9-part ensemble Last Waltz (2017), highlight Biwer’s economic style that occasionally approaches a form of abstraction.

At the heart of the exhibition is a group of more than 150 small-scale paintings on wood, titled Wooden Sketchbook, that he started in 2004, and which Biwer has described as a real ‘laboratory of painting’. The presentation of sketchbooks, drawings and studies also gives insight to his research and process. The exhibition also includes major public commissions, such as the ambitious series of paintings that he created for the City of Dudelange (Dudelange, 2006) and the Landscape (2015) realised for the City of Troisvierges.

Artist biography
Jean-Marie Biwer (b. 1957, Dudelange) has held solo exhibitions at CAW, Walferdange (2017); Mudam Luxembourg (2015); IKOB – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Eupen (2011); Galerie Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg (2007 and 2009); and Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg (2003). In 1993, he represented Luxembourg at the 45th Venice Biennale. His works can be found in major public collections such as the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art (MNHA), IKOB – Musée d’Art Contemporain and Mudam Luxembourg. His work has been the subject of several monographic publications, including Journal de Paris (2009), a compilation of three travel and work sketchbooks, and the journal L’Anarchiste bigot (1992). He lives and works in Basbellain, Luxembourg.

Credits

Curator:
  • Christophe Gallois
    Assisted by Nelly Taravel