On Friday, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg were in Paris to attend a reception at the Grand Palais. This reception was hosted by the Government of Luxembourg in honour of “Révélations,” the international fine arts and creation biennial that is held from 4th May to 8th May at the Grand Palais.
This “Luxembourgish Evening” was one of the most important events and was attended by Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie but also by several members of the government, including the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. The guests visited the exhibition before attending a small reception. The Luxembourgish Stall is at the centre of the Grand Palais, which makes it one of the most visited stalls, is a great recognition for Luxembourg’s arts.
Nine Luxembourgish artists (seen above) were selected for this biennial during the “Mains de Maîtres” exhibition in Luxembourg last December. “Mains de Maîtres” was created by Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie, so it was only natural that they accompanied the artists in Paris, along with the “Mains de Maîtres” director.
In his speech, Xavier Bettel thanked “Their Royal Highnesses for their engagement [in promoting fine arts in Luxembourg].” He also noted the importance of fine arts and crafts in Luxembourg’s economy; there are 6000 small companies specialised in fine arts and 2000 young people studying fine arts in Luxembourg.
Princess Stéphanie, the Patron of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) in Luxembourg, also made a speech. She said that she was “very proud of discovering or rediscovering in Paris what the Luxembourgish fine arts are able to create.
“Fine arts and crafts, just like arts, allow people to unite or reunite…What unites us is this fascination about what men are able to create with his hands and the imagination they have.”
She then saluted the artists present at the reception.