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08.10.22 – 17.12.22 « The Great Industry »
Exhibition organised in collaboration with M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Community platform Backup Stories.
Location: Salle Kirscht, Musée FERRUM, 14 Rue Pierre Schiltz, L-3786 Tétange
The exhibition is open from 8 October 2022 to 17 December 2022.
Closed on public holidays.
Thursday and Friday 16:00 to 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 14:00 to 18:00
Admission – FREE
Address: Ferrum Museum, Schungfabrik, 14, rue Pierre Schiltz,
This year, Esch2022 shares the title of European Capital of Culture with Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, and Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia.
To foster this relationship and highlight shared values, the three cities have launched a number of programmes and collaborations. One of these new partnerships came about naturally when Auksé, lithuanian artist and curator of community platform « Backup Stories » at M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, met Guy Assa, the director of the Esch22 projects in the municipality of Kayl. Coincidentally, just at that time Auksė curated an exhibition about the ex- workers of a shoe factory in Kaunas, and our municipality hosts the « Schungfabrik » a historic shoe factory that has been transformed into a cultural centre.
This connection and the similar history of the collapsed industry which remains in the landscape and in the memory of citizens between Kaunas, Lithuania and the southern ‘Minett’ region of Luxembourg seemed like an exchange opportunity not to be missed during this Year of Culture!
Since 2017, a community platform « Backup Stories » which initiates the collaboration between former factory employers, artists and museum people, has been exploring the fundamental contradictions between history and fiction, real knowledge and illusion, man and machine, pain and humour. This grotesque life of workers in Soviet factories raises a constant balance between the official Soviet exterior and the private Lithuanian interior.
In 2017, this Community platform « Backup stories » opened its first exhibition, « The Great Industry », which revealed the pathology of Soviet industry, the title itself concealing a certain irony.
The third exhibition in the cycle « The Great Industry » focuses on the shoe industry and the cult producer of Soviet trainers: the factory “Inkaras” (“The Anchor” in translation) in Kaunas. The factory is not only famous for its trainers (which were of inferior quality but still desirable at the time – a kind of Soviet dream of Converse trainers). In the year 2000, a large hunger strike of workers took place here and the history of the national trade union in Lithuania began.
The exhibition “The Great Industry” is compiled for MUAR from the best ideas, community stories and documentary photos, examples of industrial production and contemporary artworks from previous exhibitions (2017 – 2020) of the community platform “Backup Stories”.
Participating Communities – former employees of Drobė, Kaspinas, Inkaras, Kaunas Paper Mill and Kaunas Radio Factory
Participating Artists – Edmundas Saladžius, Darius Petrulis
Visual Design – Julija Tolvaišytė-Leonavičienė
Architecture – Office De Architectura
Translator – Erika Lastovskytė
English Language Editor – Mary Maschio
Curator – Auksė Petrulienė
An initiative inspired by the upcoming European Capital of Culture – Esch 2022, the MUAR – Musée vun der Aarbecht is Luxembourg’s first museum of work. “MUAR” being a wordplay resembling ‘tomorrow’, we aim to bring this immaterial phenomenon of ‘work’ in its broadest sense to life and closer to the public.
Honouring the industrial and cultural heritage of the Minett, the southern region of the country, the MUAR will allow visitors to gain insight and perspective into the past, present and future world of work. They will learn about the women and men who have been and are shaping the country’s economy and society.
As a transportable as well as a physical space, we will highlight the complex and universal themes around freedom, power, money and human rights through curating and hosting short and long – term exhibitions, seminars, conferences, concerts and informative workshops that are unlimited in its form or place.
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