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The True Artist Leaded glass – 1999-2003, Bert Theis

    Category:
  • Renc'Art
  • Guided Tour
  •  :
    • FR - 12:30 - 7 May 2019
    • FR - 19:00 - 2 May 2019
    • DE - 12:30 - 14 May 2019
    • DE - 19:00 - 9 May 2019
    • EN - 12:30 - 21 May 2019
    • EN - 19:00 - 16 May 2019
    • LU - 12:30 - 28 May 2019
    • LU - 19:00 - 23 May 2019

Presented as a model at Erna Hécey Gallery in 1999, The True Artist ... was commissioned by the MNHA for the spiral staircase of the older section of the museum, where the work has been installed since 2003. This leaded-glass window with the inscription "The true artist never tells the truth" combines conceptual and aesthetic Art Deco elements. Inspired by the supposedly Euclidian paradox of the liar, it is also a reference to Bruce Nauman's famous neon light creation, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (1967). It thus encourages reflection on the concepts of true and false, which are recurrent elements in the work of Bert Theis. The formal vocabulary developed for this pivotal work can be found in many of his later works.