The urban and historical context
Formerly the capital of the "Terres Rouges", where iron ore was extracted, the city of Esch-sur-Alzette is now a post-industrial city with 121 nationalities that is renowned for the cultural diversity of its residents. It has a current population of nearly 36,000.
The Konschthal is situated between the district known as "Brill" and the "Grenz" district, with the French border less one kilometre away. "Brill" is currently the district of immigration par excellence. The Italian, Portuguese and particularly the Cape Verdean communities form its immediate neighbourhood, providing the new institution a line of approach for mediation and public relations. The vestiges of the iron industry near the Konschthal building and the history of the city determine the historical context.
Initially, the Konschthal will also play an important role in a socio-cultural and local context, promoting dialogue between generations and becoming a place of exchanges where history, the present and the future are part of the programme.
The Building: a unique rugged place, a far cry from the White Cube
Formerly a furniture store, the city acquired this building in 2020 to transform it into Konschthal Esch – a Space for Contemporary Art. The transformation of the building will last until mid-2022, while, alongside the yard, the exhibition will be visible from October this year.
With a full surface area of nearly 2400 m2, the Konschthal enjoys the benefits of exceptional spaces on 4 levels. A far cry from the classic White Cube, with its spaces stripped down, weight-bearing elements and rough-hewn structures such as concrete slabs and metal beams give it its unique appearance.