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At crossroads between figurative landscapes and abstract compositions, the exhibition Pays sages assembles a corpus of Bert Theis’ drawings and collages that have never yet been revealed to the public. Theis produced these sketches in Italy between 1990 and 1992, while studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.
Like a travel journal made up of delicate signs, this ensemble of fourteen collages and five drawings on paper render the artist’s poetic and emotional response to his natural surroundings. Offering a new, perhaps more intimate insight into his work, Pays sages (1991) will be presented for the first time at the Chambre de Commerce, Luxembourg, from 8 October 2020.
Bert Theis (1952-2016) was an artist and activist who explored through his work themes linked to ecological policies, urbanisation and gentrification. His international acclaim arose at the 1995 Venice Biennale, where he represented Luxembourg. Theis was mostly known for his large site-specific urban installations in densely populated areas, based on public platforms and pavilions in parks. In the 2000s, he organized and directed two long-term projects – Isola Art Center and out-Office for Urban Transformation – in collaboration with Mariette Schiltz, around the conflict opposing the inhabitants of the Isola district, Milan City government and an American multinational company.
Chambre de Commerce, Luxembourg
PAYS SAGES 1991 : Drawings and Collages from the Collection of the Bert Theis Archive
8 OCTOBER 2020 - 5 FEBRUARY 2021
Exhibition hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 12pm, Sunday closed.
Max. five visitors at a time.
7, Rue Alcide de Gasperi