Dear artist friends,
Many of you have been in touch with me to share your personal situations during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. As director of the Pinacothèque museum, as a collector, and especially as a friend to artists for over 40 years, I am aware of and deeply concerned about your difficulties.
First and foremost, I grieve for all those who have sadly lost one or more loved ones, and would like to express my sincere condolences. Who would have thought that a worldwide health crisis like this one could happen one day, and that we would all be affected, directly or indirectly, by this virus.
Many of us have been living for weeks in one form of quarantine or another, depending on the country. Some of us are only now beginning to come out of quarantine, while still maintaining the social distancing necessary. The entire world is turning at a slower pace.
I am aware that the vast majority of you haven't been able to work in your studios for weeks, either because it's been impossible to get there or because it's been impossible to obtain the materials you need for your art.
Up until now, the call for entries for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2020 has followed its usual yearly process. Despite the difficulties that this sudden health crisis has caused in everyone's daily lives, we hoped that it would all be temporary, and that everyone's lives would soon return to normal.
However, it is now the beginning of June, and we are forced to admit that many of you simply haven't been able to create new work the way you wanted to over the past few months.
This is an unprecedented and historic situation. The art world has also been moving in slow motion these past weeks.
That's why, taking into account the worldwide health crisis, and as provided for in Article 1.3 of our regulations, I have decided to extend this year’s deadline for the call for entries for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2020 until at midnight on August 31, 2020.
The names of the finalists will be published during the day on September 30, 2020, on our website and on social media.
The group exhibit of all finalists will take place at the museum from Saturday November 28, 2020, to Saturday March 13, 2021, lasting around three and a half months.
The awards ceremony for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2020, held in the presence of the members of the jury and ambassadors from the finalists' various countries, will not take place on the opening day of the exhibit this year. Instead it will be held after the holidays, on Saturday January 23, 2021. Finalist artists are invited to come to Luxembourg, if they wish, from Thursday to Sunday, January 21 to 25, 2021. I will personally represent any absent artists during the ceremony.
To the few of you who have already submitted your entries, please feel free to update and improve them, if you like, any time before the end of August. To those who haven't been able to finish yet, now you’ll have the time to do so.
Let's all be supportive of each other, and aware of the difficulties that those around us are experiencing. This worldwide crisis gives us each an opportunity to reconsider our priorities in life. We want a better world that is kinder and more respectful to others. We want to commit to helping others, and show them that they're not alone.
We will all have grown when we come out of this worldwide challenge. As artists, you have a responsibility to open as many hearts and minds as possible, to help the world become more sensitive and more aware of its own beauty.
Your role is vital. As you know, I spent my childhood and teenage years in artists' studios, and I owe all my own sensitivity to you.
I am infinitely grateful for all that you give to our world. I have the greatest respect for you.
I hope that this three-month delay will allow you to show the very best of your creative spirit.
Director of the Pinacothèque museum
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg