My mission is to ensure that this collection is well preserved, to ensure its administrative management, to think about its dissemination to the museum’s public at home and abroad
Meet Marie Noëlle Farcy, Head of Collection at Mudam and Luxembourg Art Week Selection Committee Member
Her arrival at the Mudam and its inauguration in 2006 were one and the same. After a university education in art history, followed by a course in museology at the École du Louvre and a postgraduate diploma in cultural policy at the IEP in Grenoble, Marie-Noëlle Farcy settled permanently in the Grand Duchy to work as the curator in charge of the Mudam’s collection. As such, she oversees its 700 items, which includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and films, as well as hybrid forms which intersect between design and fashion: "My mission is to ensure that this collection is well preserved, but also to ensure its administrative management, to think about its dissemination to the museum’s public at home as well as abroad - the management of loans - and to envisage exhibitions that allow visitors to grasp its various specificities. This also involves monitoring its enrichment and expansion through acquisitions, donations and deposits, which entails a whole range of relations with patrons and private individuals," she explains. That’s without forgetting the crucial work of curating the exhibitions that she carries out in this context.
Unlike archaeology or fine arts museums, the Mudam Luxembourg focuses on the art of today. For more than 25 years, the collection has been enriched, notably thanks to the museum’s collaborations with contemporary artists, that is when the latter are not being asked to develop a specific project linked to the institutional or architectural context of the museum. "The artist is at the heart of our mission. Which ends up reshaping our activities considerably," adds Marie-Noëlle Farcy.
This is also what drives her enthusiasm for participating in this selection committee: "It is important that the Grand Duchy has a fair like Luxembourg Art Week. Because what happens there is always surprising. It's a scene that is still too little known, it is flexible and extremely reactive, in a country endowed with a real cultural agenda," she says. Apart from the exhibitions and studio visits, Luxembourg's galleries remain, for her, favourite places to visit.