Dialogue between contemporary creativity and the City’s history
The Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam), opened in 2006, features the largest collection of contemporary art in Luxembourg. Enjoying an international reputation, it brings together close on 700 works by artists from Luxembourg and all around the world.
The building, which is the work of the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (1917-2019) in collaboration with the Luxembourg architect Georges Reuter, is constructed on a spearhead-shaped envelope encircling the fortress of Fort Thüngen. It was realised in Burgundy stone and topped by skylights, recalling the ‘Three Acorn’ towers and Spanish-style watchtowers of the old fortress, built under the Spanish rule which preceded the French occupation. The pinnacle form of the large central glazing is also reminiscent of the pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, similarly designed by Ieoh Ming Pei.
The museum offers 4,000 m2 of exhibition space, over three levels. The simple volumes, the generous spaces and the clever play between interior and exterior all maximise the selected views over the surrounding park, laid out by the French landscape architect Michel Desvigne.