what looks good today may
not look good tomorrow:
The Legacy of Michel Majerus
09.11.2022 | 10h00–17h00
Through a series of talks and performances followed by a panel discussion, this symposium
investigates the influence of Michel Majerus’s work on the practice of the ‘digital-native’ generation
of artists, curators and researchers. International speakers working in and researching the field
of visual arts will address the relevance of Majerus’s reflections today, while discussing different
aspects of his legacy.
In the span of a short yet exceptionally prolific career, Michel Majerus (b. 1967, Esch-sur-Alzette –
d. 2002, Niederanven) captured the spirit of his time – decades marked by the expansion
of globalised consumer culture and digital technology. Majerus’s large-scale paintings and
installations are characterised by the visual sampling and collaging of an eclectic repertoire of
imagery and text. Borrowing from art history, video games, commercials or electronic music, his
work resonates with the frenzy of imagery and information that pervades contemporary society.
In his work, Majerus transgressed the well-worn rules of painting and created unmistakable
interpretations of the pop culture of the 1990s and early 2000s that continue to be of unfailing
The symposium what looks good today may not look good tomorrow: The Legacy of Michel
Majerus is the first chapter of a programme dedicated to the work of Michel Majerus and will
be followed in March 2023 by an exhibition at Mudam and a publication published by Sternberg
Press gathering the contributions to the symposium.
Participants: Cory Arcangel (artist), Karen Archey (curator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), Motoko
Ishibashi (artist), Ingrid Luquet-Gad (art critic), Fabian Schöneich (director, CCA Berlin—Center for
Contemporary Arts) and Sarah Johanna Theurer (curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich).
Curated and moderated by Bettina Steinbrügge (director, Mudam Luxembourg), with Clémentine
Proby (assistant curator, Mudam Luxembourg) and Joel Valabrega (curator of performance and
public programmes, Mudam Luxembourg).
The complete programme as well as the live stream of the symposium will be available on Mudam’s
website. The symposium will be held in English.
All information about this event and reservations are available on our website: mudam.com