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Metalworks – Designing & Making

Konschthal Gallery

29-33 boulevard Prince Henri L-4280 Esch-sur-Alzette

Running all summer at Konschthal Esch, the show brings together internationally-recognized talents that work with this influential, yet socio-politically charged material from diverse vantage points, cementing Esch’s historical relevance and giving meaning to its architecture and urbanism. Oskar Zięta objects could not be missing at the exhibition.

Through the exhibition "metalworks – designing & making", the city of Esch-sur-Alzette reconnects with its industrial past. Formerly known as the "Iron Metropolis" due to its steel and mining activity, Esch-sur-Alzette has developed as a major center for the iron industry in Europe. This economic boom attracted multicultural populations until the late 1980s. Today, some of the industrial infrastructure is safeguarded and continues to operate, while other sites are being converted to contribute to the urban expansion of city.

In this historical and cultural heritage context, the Konschthal will present the work of over twenty international artists who reconnect with the tradition of industrial know-how and the craft of art, whilst experimenting with new forms of production. Over forty selected objects – unique pieces or editions – show how current formal languages in art and design are reappropriating the techniques of metal transformation, such as casting, extruding, foaming, forging, or printing and spinning. The intrinsic quality of each proposal will be revealed by the raw aesthetics of the space and the functional character of the scenography; thus, providing an immediate reading of the gesture and the manufacturing process in question.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a publication in two languages – English and French – and a framework program for the public.

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Zieta Studio at ICFF

Booth 1135, Javits Center, New York

Booth 1135, Javits Center, New York

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