The development of a literary tradition in Luxembourg is intimately linked to the health of its native language: Luxembourgish, which for many years was at risk of being assimilated by the more dominant European languages of Luxembourg’s neighbours.
Since 1923 Luxembourg's Gëlle Fra (Golden Lady) symbolises the nation's spirit of freedom and resistance. In 2001, Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovic erected a similar monument called 'Lady Rosa of Luxembourg'.
Beaumont Public Art Gallery (1984) is a gallery for contemporary art focused on an international programme of artists exploring issues of gender, identity and performance. It also has a dynamic programme of lectures, film projections and performances.
Founded in 2006 by Bernard Ceysson, one of the main goals of the gallery was to actively represent members of the Supports/Surfaces group as well as to put on solo shows for young talented painters and sculptors. The Luxembourg gallery space opened in 2008.
Nosbaum Reding gallery in Luxembourg is dedicated to promoting contemporary artists based in Luxembourg, such as Tina Gillen, Christian Frantzen, and abroad, including artists Yoshitaka Amano, Julius Grünewald, Manuel Ocampo and Barthélémy Toguo.
This contemporary art gallery is located in the underground casemates of Luxembourg City's ancient fortress. It is also connected to the former headquarters of Banque et Caisse d'Épargne de l'État (BCEE), the third-largest bank based in Luxembourg.
Since 1995 The Casino Luxembourg has been a forum for contemporary art in the nation's capital. Originally opened in 1882 as the Casino Bourgeois, it was a centre for cultural and social events in addition to its gaming functions.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I. M. Pei and situated in the heart of Luxembourg City, Mudam's permanent collection of contemporary art features works from over 100 artists, including: Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Julian Schnabel and Daniel Buren.
The Luxembourg City History Museum displays permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions that illustrate the history, spanning more than a thousand years, of the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Built in 1873, Villa Vauban owes its name to a fort built on the same site by famous French military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. Nowadays the museum exhibits 18th and 19th century paintings from private collections.
At Albert Premier, contemporary decor is fused with elegance, subtlety and comfort. This privately owned hotel offers high class rooms and services, from the chic black and white penthouse to the classic Victorian style English rooms.
With each suite housing the work of a different artist, this hotel is quite unique. Homely rooms are subtly lit by lamps and generous windows, and antique parquet flooring adds further style to these comfort designed spaces.
A short walk from Place Guillaume and the Grand Ducal Palace, this high class restaurant offers a true dining room experience. Its impressive setting is accompanied by ornate details in the decor, whilst the classic french menu is colourfully and artistically presented.
Reputed Michelin-starred chef Thierry Duhr presents seasonally inspired dishes in this charming restaurant, with a philosophy of respecting ingredients so as not to distort its very nature. The rustic decor adds to this unique dining experience and atmosphere.
A decorative, formal restaurant, Le Sud is well-suited for special occasions, offering a high-class food and service. Have an aperitif on the roof floor before sitting down to a full and varied dinner menu.
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Rural areas offer
extraordinary experiences for nature lovers. Rivers, mountains and valleys make
it similar to alpine landscapes, like Switzerland. The small towns where the
population of this minuscule country live and work, display evidence of the
historical events that Luxembourg experienced throughout the centuries.
Luxembourg sits at the very
heart of Europe and one of its main contemporary literary figures is Anise
Koltz. Having received numerous awards for her work, the only book that has
found its way into English translation is At
the Edge of Night, a collection of poems.
Being a trilingual country,
Luxembourg’s artists can switch from German to French to Luxembourgish, a
Franconian language. Koltz’s poetry in particular appears to be rich in
linguistic nuances. This makes her tone overtly European, shaping a cultural universe, which is still invisible in terms of
politics and economics.
The artistic scene in
which Luxembourg is very competitive is visual arts. Numerous painters and
photographers, such as Jospeh Kutter, Edward Steicher, and Michel Majerus have left
a distinctive mark on Luxembourgish culture. Moreover, Luxembourg was the first
city to receive the title of European Capital of Culture twice.