Luxembourg - Expo Paris 1925

Luxembourg at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1925
Architect(s) : Aug. van Werveke

"The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, by participating in the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, has made it fully aware of the weakness and insufficiency of the material and artistic means at its disposal. By enthusiastically associating itself with the fortunate initiative taken by the French government, Luxembourg wanted to show that it understood the social importance of the modern artistic movement. It also understood that it was impossible for it to remain a stranger to an international event of such magnitude, as its absence could be interpreted as an abdication from the national, artistic and economic point of view.

"The Grand Duchy was therefore happy to seize this opportunity to contribute, to the extent of its limited strength, to the progress of a movement that is sweeping the whole world and to show that its artists and craftsmen are beginning to free themselves from a harmful traditionalism and a sterile eclecticism which, in the Grand Duchy as elsewhere, has left its mark on the artistic production of the past half century. "

These are the statements that Mr. Ant. Hirch, the sympathetic secretary general of the Luxembourg National Committee, has kindly made to us.

In the small artistic region that is Luxembourg, the dissemination of the principles of modern art was powerfully helped by the only existing artistic teaching establishment in the country: the Ecole d'Artisans de l'Etat. This establishment, which was founded a quarter of a century ago, trained many artists and art workers whose work can be found in the various groups of the Luxembourg section.

In the "teaching group", in the Grand Palais, the Ecole d'Artisans de l'Etat exhibits the drawings and works of students from its building and decorative arts sections. The duration of the course is three years. The teaching is theoretical and practical. The school has been in existence since 1906 and still includes, in addition to the sections represented in Paris, mechanics and electro-technology.

In the three ensembles exhibited at the Galerie Saint-Dominique esplanade des Invalides, the designer and his collaborators sought to give a little "beauty to the simple lines and a little harmony to the colours. The range of materials: wood, iron, earthenware, fabrics, stained glass, gives a sense of the well-being of the modern home and the gentle pleasure of contemplation that busy humanity finds there today.

The Luxembourg rose garden, located in the Cours la Reine, which serves as the national pavilion, offers, in a charming architectural setting, a shortened exhibition of the very important rose industry of the Grand Duchy, whose bright and fragrant products are particularly renowned. The "Luxembourg rose garden" offers visitors a quiet oasis where silence is only interrupted by the rhythmic rustling of the fountain's water jet and where the air is perfumed by the sweetest scents of the multicoloured roses.

©La Science et la Vie - 1925