RENC’ART – Artwork of the month

Within the framework of our regular guided tours, "Renc'Art" is a monthly invitation for a close-up view of one masterpiece. During these short encounters (about 20 minutes), one work of art is analysed in depth, always leading to surprising insights.

Focusing on a single work renews our gaze on the national collections, and its reception. These tours are offered eight times per month, on Tuesdays at lunchtime (12.30 p.m.) and on Thursdays in the evening (7 p.m.), each week in one of the four languages on offer (French, German, English and Portuguese). These exciting and enriching visits are free of charge.

See, share, understand... this November:

Foni TISSEN (1909 - 1975) : The fair

Foni Tissen is one of the most interesting Luxembourg artists of the 20th century: one of the few if not the only painter whose work was influenced by the important Surrealist movement.

Born in Rumelange, he trained first in France - in Nancy, then at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris - and later in Munich and Brussels. With this broad European background, he returned to the Grand Duchy and went on to teach drawing at the Lycée de Garçons in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Realist, surrealist, dreamlike, his work is a Commedia dell'arte, a one-man human comedy of which Tissen is both the author and the main actor. For him, life is a theatre. As a symbol of this masquerade unfolding on the stage of life, many of his paintings contain allusions to the world of theatre: masks, curtain, performance, costumes, make-up. One remarkable example is the painting entitled The Fair. It is a parody of society, lampooning personalities such as the famous art critic Joseph-Émile Müller.

very popular well into the 17th century. Many versions of it exist, but the caricatural nature of the scene became more pronounced over the years, reflecting the low level of sympathy accorded to this profession. And yet, moneychangers were an essential element of the multi-currency economic system that prevailed in the Middle Ages. The table, with its many secret mechanisms, was an essential work tool.