Luxembourg + Co. has developed a unique program focused predominantly on exhibitions of significant but under-appreciated postwar European artists. Operating on the fringe of European Pop, Arte Povera, and Nouveau Réalisme, idiosyncratic artists like Enrico Baj, César, Domenico Gnoli, Martial Raysse, Mario Schifano, Salvatore Scarpitta and Rodolfo Aricò were marginalized from dominant discourse for decades. In revisiting these artists’ practices and their legacies, the gallery has generated renewed critical interest in their oeuvres.
Two additional pillars of Luxembourg + Co.’s program complement these solo exhibitions. The gallery introduces exhibitions with living artists. These are essential to the gallery's vision, as they recast the legacy of its historical program through a contemporary lens. These artists typically create new bodies of work that stand in dialogue with historical precedents: a survey of Richard Prince’s figurative oeuvre was rooted in Pop's regurgitation of mass-media imagery, and Alex Da Corte’s immersive installation evoked the readymades and display tactics characteristic of Nouveau Réalisme. Further projects include exhibitions of Derrick Adams, Mark Flood, Bjarne Melgaard, and Anna Betbeze.
The presentation of museum-quality thematic or solo exhibitions forms the second complementary pillar of the program. Transgenerational shows such as The Ends of Collage
, Unpainted Paintings
, and Grisaille
examined the evolution of artistic vocabularies in twentieth century art; René Magritte (Or: The Rule of Metaphor), Reconstructing Cezanne
, and Alberto Giacometti – Intimate Immensity
, explored periods or bodies of work that still today require further analysis and critical attention. These shows locate correspondence and disjuncture between past and present artistic methodologies.