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Nairy Baghramian, "Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points", 2017. Collection Mudam Luxembourg - Acquisition 2018. Vue d’installation, Mudam Luxembourg, 2019
Privileged Points

Nairy Baghramian

Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points is an ongoing series of works by artist Nairy Baghramian, which dialogues with its institutional settings using different colours and volumes. The three bronze sculptures covered in brush-painted, pastel-coloured lacquer have been cast in the form of irregular open circles similar to the marking of passages in a text. Their placement highlights both specific local conditions and varying spatial relationships, while their three-dimensional twist and hanging droplet formations, which address traditional sculptural questions of mass and weightlessness, form and colour, stability and performativity, and the visible processes of their production, are an invitation to the viewer to interact.

Nairy Baghramian, "Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points", 2017. Vue d’installation, Mudam Luxembourg, 2019
© Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

Installed in both Mudam and the Park Dräi Eechelen, Baghramian’s sculptures establish a relationship between interior and exterior space. In both cases, the environment-inspired coloration blends the sculptural bodies with their surroundings. The sculpture installed in Mudam’s central hall, and which recently entered the Mudam Collection, acts as an embrace of the museum’s vast, light-filled volumes. Two additional sculptures are presented on the esplanade in front of the Dräi Eechelen museum, their elegant curves punctuating the landscape.

Visual, tactile and corporeal, the three Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points embody formal and conceptual concerns that have characterised Nairy Baghramian’s sculptures and idea of sculpture as being necessarily dynamic.

Biographical note

Born in 1971 in Isfahan, Iran, Nairy Baghramian fled to Berlin, Germany in 1983, where she has lived ever since. Recently, she has had solo exhibitions at the Palacio de Cristal – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2018), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2017-2018) and the SMK in Copenhagen (2017-2018). She has also participated in several major events and biennials, including, among others, the Festival d’Automne, Paris (2018), the 14th Lyon Biennial (2017), documenta 14 in Kassel (2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007 and 2017), the 5th & 8th Berlin Biennial (2008 and 2014), Glasgow International (2012) and the 54th Venice Biennial (2011).

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Suzanne Cotter (Director of Mudam) sur "Beliebte Stellen/Privileged Points" de Nairy Baghramian

Credits

Curators:
  • Suzanne Cotter, assisted by Vincent Crapon