The artist Mike Bourscheid will be representing Luxembourg at the 57th International Art Exhibition. It is open from 13 May to 26 November 2017.

The Exhibition

Thank you so much for the flowers is a tribute to the expectations and mishaps of social etiquette. Mike Bourscheid’s perspective on the exhibition space – an actual apartment in the San Marco neighbourhood of Venice – is influenced by the presence of real tenants living and sleeping in the same architectural structure.

Traces of the body emerge throughout the exhibition in the form of casts, reliefs, performances, videos and cookie-making. This year, the Luxembourg Pavilion can be likened to a collection of story books, each of the pavilion’s rooms comprising an intimate world drawing from art history, movie sets, haute couture, theatre costuming, disguises and armour. From 16th century forging techniques to hand-dyed silk pyjamas Mike Bourscheid embraces the craftsperson, and considers the lives of those who have carried and purveyed their traditional knowledge. Thank you so much for the flowers takes aim at social mores by humourously exploring society’s codes and behaviours. We hope to see you there. Thank you so much.

The artist

Mike Bourscheid, born in 1984 in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), studied at the Université d’Aix-Marseille (France) and Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany). Today, he lives and works in Luxembourg and in Vancouver, Canada. Recent exhibitions include: Access Gallery Vancouver (Canada), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Canada), Centre d’art Œil de Poisson in Quebec City (Canada) and Centre d’art Nei Liicht in Dudelange (Luxembourg). In 2015 he was nominated for the Prix d’art Robert Schuman; in 2010 he won the IBB-Preis für Fotografie.

Photo: © Mike Bourscheid

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