Kevin Muhlen at the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain in March. Photo: Marion Dessard
After a four month closure for renovations, the 20 year old Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain reopened its doors in late March. Delano met up with its artistic director.
With the reopening of the Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain, visitors can expect a lot of change. Artistic director Kevin Muhlen explains that some changes have been made intentionally so that the gallery is more than just a gallery, it becomes an artistic social hub. “We’ve made a lot of changes to the concept as well as the physical layout of the exhibition space. Casino means ‘meeting place’, we wanted to stay true to that so we’ve really emphasised this in our renovations.”
Of note is the BlackBox, a new space dedicated solely to video art. “It’s the 21st century and visual art is clearly here to stay so we’ve given it a permanent space in our gallery.” Aside from visiting new exhibitions, guests can also enjoy a bite to eat or drink at the Ca(fé)sino, a restaurant-café. Then there is the Infolab, a modern and intimate reading room lined with shelves of art books and magazines. Visitors are encouraged to browse the extensive collection which cannot readily be found elsewhere and desks are provided for those who wish to do some work there.
Amongst all the physical changes at the gallery, the format sees some changes too. The entire ground floor will be open to the public for free. This allows visitors to enjoy the exhibitions on the ground floor, meet for a coffee at the Ca(fé)sino, before checking out the latest art magazines in the Infolab, without having to pay entry. “The Casino is not just an art gallery; it’s supposed to be a meeting place after all,” says Muhlen. “We’re located right in the heart of the city, you could stop by to wait for someone, enjoy a meal or just come in to take a breather during your day.”
The Casino stays open every day until 7 p.m., except Tuesdays, when it is closed, and Thursdays, when it stays open until 10 p.m.
This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of Delano magazine. Be the first to read Delano’s articles on paper before they’re posted online, plus read exclusive features and interviews that only appear in the print edition, by subscribing online.