Art and Culture
“Casino Luxembourg”, the Forum for Contemporary Art and the recently opened MUDAM (Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean) focus on avant-garde and modern art.
The latter is the ultimate cultural highlight, worth a visit for its architectural structure alone, designed by Chinese American top architect I. M. Pei.
Smaller but no less interesting museums include the Bank Museum housed in the State Savings Bank, the Post and Telecommunication Museum, such as the Tram and Bus Museum.
As well as the “Théâtre National” and several small private theatres, two other city theatres vie for the public’s attention with multilingual programmes: the “Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg” and the “Capuchin Theatre”. Music lovers can enjoy the fine acoustics of the Music Conservatory and the groundbreaking Philharmonie. The latter’s imposing structure, with its 823 columns, was designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc.
Other notable cultural meeting points include the abbey of Neumünster (“Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster”) in the Grund as well as the former “Ciné Cité” cinema, which is connected to the nearby Cercle Municipal to form one big media and cultural centre.
A walk through the city will reveal the high standing accorded to art in public places. Parks, open spaces and boulevards form a single large open-air gallery. Contemporary works by world-renowned artists, such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Richard Serra and Markus Lüpertz, are all part of the city’s landscape.