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Akram Zaatari, "Letter to a Refusing Pilot", (Film still ), 2013. Courtesy of the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg
Me, Family

Group show

A key highlight within the 2020 programme for Mudam Luxembourg, Me, Family is an extensive, international group survey of contemporary art. Devised by the renowned curator Francesco Bonami, it offers a portrait of humanity at the beginning of the 21st century. Inspired by the landmark exhibition The Family of Man (1955), conceived by Edward Steichen, Me, Family bears witness to the great questions of our age.

Sixty five years after its inaugural presentation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Family of Man is the starting point for a diverse survey encompassing new and recent sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance. Organised by Edward Steichen (b. 1879, Bivange, Luxembourg; d. 1973, West Redding, Connecticut), The Family of Man toured to over 150 museums worldwide from 1955 to 1962. The exhibition has been on permanent display at Clervaux Castle in Luxembourg since 1994. In the spirit of Steichen’s radical exhibition, Me, Family will present the work of contemporary artists who work across various media and disciplines, exploring the ways in which humanity seeks to express its diverse and coexistent histories as well as the issues of that society finds itself confronted with today. The exhibition takes as its starting point a reality that is at once beautiful, dramatic and exhilarating, offering a journey through contemporary art, social networks, fashion, information technologies, advertising, sound, music and performance art.

Presented across three levels of the museum, Me, Family is one of the most ambitious exhibitions organised by Mudam to date. Featuring works by more than 30 artists from 16 countries the exhibition includes a selection of works from the collection of Mudam. These include the monumental installation World Airport (1999) created by Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1975, Bern) for the 48th Venice Biennale, a contemporary metaphor for a connected and globalised world.

Curator biography
Francesco Bonami (b. 1955, Florence) has curated significant international survey exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial (2010); the 50th Venice Biennial (2003) and Manifesta 3 (2000). He has also curated exhibitions for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitechapel Gallery, London; National Museum of Korea, Seoul; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Palazzo Reale, Milan. He has written and edited numerous publications, including monographs on Yan Pei-Ming, Jeff Koons, Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst and Glenn Brown. He is Honorary Director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, and Artistic Director of JNBY Art Matters, Huangzhou. He lives and works in New York and Milan.

Credits

Curator:
  • Francesco Bonami
    Assisted by Emanuela Mazzonis
    Exhibition coordination Clément Minighetti
    Assisted by Sarah Beaumont, Anaëlle Lec’hvien, Nelly Taravel