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Expositions| Art | 07.10.2022 - 26.03.2023

Gast Michels (1954-2013): Movement in colour, form and symbols

New exhibition

The Cercle Cité and the National Museum of History and Art present the artist Gast Michels' first comprehensive retrospective, covering 30 years of his work.

  • Free
Gast Michels c Jochen Herling

Gast Michels (c) Jochen Herling

The Luxembourgish artist Gast Michels (1954-2013) was a remarkably keen observer of his environment. He meticulously analysed and decoded his surroundings, translating them into his own formal universe. Michels’ oeuvre has a unique formal language and features recurring symbols like wheels or arrows and a luminous colour palette, often dominated by the complementary colours blue and yellow.

While the early work of the Echternach-born artist predominantly deals with seemingly mythical depictions of human figures in woodland settings, his later works have a more graphic pictorial language featuring highly stylised objects and signs. As a painter, sculptor and graphic artist, Michels worked in various mediums but always remained true to his expressive, symbolic and at times humorous and ironic visual language.

Gast MichelsFlower in earth1992Acrylic on canvas60 x 80 cm© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Flower in earth
1992
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 80 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast MichelsVaisseau1994Acrylic on canvas50 x 40 cm© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Vaisseau
1994
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Untitled, ca. 2009
Acrylic on loose canvas
75 x 55 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Untitled, ca. 2009

Acrylic on loose canvas

75 x 55 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Untitled, 1990
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 110 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Untitled, 1990

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 110 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Untitled, 1994
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 160 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Untitled, 1994

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 160 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Lune pâle, 1989
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Lune pâle, 1989

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 40 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Allée, 1994
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 120 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Allée, 1994

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 120 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Untitled, 1988
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 90 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Untitled, 1988

Acrylic on canvas

70 x 90 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Formule X, 1992
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 70 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Formule X, 1992

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 70 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Untitled, ca. 2005
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 70 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels

Untitled, ca. 2005

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 70 cm

© Gast Michels Estate

Gast MichelsCouple voyageur, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

Gast Michels
Couple voyageur, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 cm
© Gast Michels Estate

One exhibition, two locations

The Cercle Cité and the National Museum of History and Art present the artist's first comprehensive retrospective, covering 30 years of his work. The show consists of two parts and is on show at both exhibition venues.

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the Cercle Cité is free and open every day of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

The first part at the Cercle Cité focuses on Michels’ works on paper, illustrating his semiotic approach to developing a unique language of forms and symbols.

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

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The exhibition at the MNHA is free and open every day of the week from 10 A.M to 6 P.M., except on Monday. Late Night every Thursday until 8 P.M. (c) MNHA / Tom Lucas

The second part at the MNHA concentrates on the artist’s monumental works. It provides an overview of Michels’ different creative phases and the development of his distinctive style with works ranging from the early 1980s to the 2010s, including paintings, sculptures and a tapestry.

Temporary exhibition at the MNHA from 7 October 2022 to 26 March 2023 and at the Cercle Cité from 7 October 2022 to 22 January 2023. Free entry.