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The Pinacotheque, a private museum in Luxembourg

The Pinacothèque is a private museum in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Its president and founder is Hervé Lancelin, one of the most influential art collectors in Europe. The exhibition space is open to the public and presents art exhibitions free of charge.

Hervé Lancelin has been collaborating for years with Europe’s biggest museums and maintains special relationships with them. In particular, he helped organise the following exhibitions:

  • Musée Maillol in Paris (Exhibition “La Chambre Double” by Ra’anan Levy from 16 November 2006 to 29 January 2007)
  • Centre Pompidou in Paris (Pierre Soulages retrospective from 14 October 2009 to 8 March 2010)
  • Museo de la Ciudad in Mexico (Pierre Soulages retrospective from 10 June 2010 to 22 August 2010)
  • Martin‐Gropius‐Bau in Berlin (Pierre Soulages retrospective from 2 October 2010 to 17 January 2011)
  • Musée Maillol in Paris (Exhibition “Passages du Temps” by Ra’anan Levy from 9 November 2011 to 12 February 2012)
  • Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (Exhibition “Les Continents Noirs” by Annette Messager, from 12 October 2012 to 3 February 2013)
  • Musée de Grenoble (Philippe Cognée retrospective, from 10 November 2012 to 3 February 2013)
  • ICASTICA, the Arezzo Biennale of Contemporary Art in Italy (Chiharu Shiota, 7 June 2013 to 1 September 2013)
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes (Exhibition “Of Their Time (4)”, Philippe Cognée, from 11 October 2013 to 5 January 2014)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille (Exhibition “Illuminations/Enluminures” by Jan Fabre, from 9 November 2013 to 10 February 2014)
  • Musée Félicien Rops in Namur (Exhibition “Facing time”, Jan Fabre, from 14 March to 30 August 2015)
  • Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Gérard Garouste exhibition “En chemin”, from 27 June to 29 November 2015)
  • Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne (Exhibition “Of Their Time (5)”, The Kid, from 12 March to 8 May 2016)
  • BAM – Musée des Beaux Art de Mons (Belgium) (Gérard Garouste exhibition “A la croisée des sources”, from 24 September 2016 to 29 January 2017)
  • MBAN – Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy (France) (Exhibition “Émile Friant, the last naturalist?”, from 4 November 2016 to 27 February 2017, loan of a painting by François Malingrëy)
  • LAM – Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut de Lille Métropole (France) (Michel Nedjar exhibition “Introspective”, from 23 February to 4 June 2017)
  • Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence, France (Ra’anan Levy exhibition: “The Mirror Test”, December 7, 2019 to March 15, 2020; guest curator: Hervé Lancelin, President of the Pinacothèque in Luxembourg). Bilingual exhibition catalogue in French and English, 272 pages, written by Hervé Lancelin and Julia Beauquel.
  • Lambert Foundation in Avignon, France (“Of Their Time (6)”; works on loan from Annette Mesesager and Etienne Cail, December 7, 2019 to March 22,2020)
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India (Gérard Garouste exhibition, January 28 to March 28, 2020)
  • The Shiga Museum of Art (Japan), “人間の才能 生みだすことと生きること” [Creating and living human talent]” from January 22 to March 27, 2022, a loan of works by Yuichiro Ukaï

  • Centre Pompidou Paris – “Gérard Garouste” from September 7, 2022 to January 2, 2023, a loan of a painting by Gérard Garouste

  • Musée LaM Lille Métropole – “Searching for the gold of time: Surrealism, natural art, outsider art, magic art” from October 14, 2022 to January 29, 2023, a loan of a work by Aloïse Corbaz (from the André Breton collection), works by Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern (from the Daniel Cordier collection) and works by Slavko Kopac.

Each year, the Pinacothèque awards the Luxembourg Art Prize to talented amateur or professional artists, regardless of their age, nationality or country of residence. Spurred on by its president and founder, the Pinacothèque contributes to the influence of international contemporary art in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It discovers little-known talents from all over the world and gives them the means to achieve a long-term career on the professional art circuit.