CNA, Waassertuerm+Pomhouse, Dudelange

Edward Steichen's "The Bitter Years" & Christian Aschman "Hors Champs": Private Guided Tours (FR/EN)

On the occasion of the sixth edition of Luxembourg Art Week, CNA opens its doors for an exclusive private tour of Edward Steichen's The Bitter Years & Christian Aschman Hors Champs on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November at 11 a.m.

Confirmation of participation is required for all participants. Please send an email to visites@cna.etat.lu

Edward Steichen's The Bitter Years

The Bitter Years is the last exhibition famous photographer Edward Steichen curated as the Director of the Photography Department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

It is a testimony to documentary photography, featuring over 200 images from one of the largest collective projects in the history of photography: the documentation of rural America during the Great Depression by the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

Fifty years after its opening at MoMA, The Bitter Years has now found a permanent home in Dudelange, Luxembourg, on the site of a former steel mill, in the stunning Waassertuerm gallery, an old water tower, next to the Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA).

Wishing to create a lively platform for discussion and creation around the heritage collection, the CNA combines Steichen's selection of FSA images with events and temporary photographic exhibitions organized at Pomhouse, the former pumping station adjacent to the water tower. Waassertuerm + Pomhouse thus form a space of dialogue bewteen the historic collection and contemporary image making.

More information: steichencollections-cna.lu

Christian Aschman – Hors-Champs

In 2018, the photographer Christian Aschman was commissioned by the Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA) to draw up a visual inventory within and outside the walls of the industrial zone known as Agrocenter. Based in Mersch, it has been dedicated to the food industry since 1959.

In order to contribute to the preservation of this heritage which has marked Luxembourg's agricultural sector for decades, it was important for both the client and the photographer to keep a trace of it by means of photography.

The exhibition Hors-Champs is conceived as a photographer's walk through this already partially abandoned place, which is on the verge of disappearing when the picture is taken.

More information: cna.public.lu

The Bitter Years ©CNA/Romain Girgten
The Bitter Years ©CNA/Romain Girgten