Post Luxembourg issues new stamps on September 18th 2018
Post Luxembourg is releasing a special stamp illustrating the work of Jean Mich, one of Luxembourg’s most remarkable sculptors of the Belle Epoque.
Furthermore a special stamp based on the Stamp Day 2018 held in Kayl-Tétange, will be released.
A special block of stamps will celebrate the 100 years since the end of the World War I. The motif chosen by POST Philately is the drawing of Pierre Blanc’s “Black Market”.
An other special stamp issues the 125 years of the “Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg” and highlights the ongoing efforts of the CAL since 1893 to promote and facilitate artistic creativity in Luxembourg.
As well, a special stamp will honour the 50 years of the “Mouvement Ecologique” which was founded in 1968.
The 50 years of Miami University in Luxembourg will be presented by an other special stamp. Since 1968 the American University also had a base in Luxembourg and is located in Differdange Castle.
Last but not least, the Europa Donna Luxembourg is honoured by a special stamp. This association helps to get public awareness about breast cancer and the risk factors in order to promote a responsible attitude amongst women towards their health.
Exhibition at the MNHA
Jean Mich (1871-1932) was one of Luxembourg’s most remarkable sculptors of the Belle Epoque. Originally from Machtum, he moved to Paris in 1893 and two years later joined the prestigious fine art school, the ‘École nationale des Beaux-Arts’. Mich spent many years living between Luxembourg and the French capital, where he resided most of the time in the artistic area of Montparnasse. In 1902 he was a medalwinner at the ‘Salon des artistes français’ and then, in the same year, became the very first winner of Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Adolphe Prize submitted by the ‘Cercle artistique de Luxembourg’ (CAL). From that point onwards, his reputation in Luxembourg was established. He carried out many private orders but his works can also be found in public spaces, such as the Laurent Ménager monument in Pfaffenthal (1905), the statues adorning the portal of the headquarters of the Spuerkeess (1912) or the John Grün monument in Mondorf- les- Bains (1914).
He was an exhibitor at the universal expositions of Liège and Brussels in 1905 and 1910 respectively. As a talented portrait artist working very much in the Art Nouveau style, Mich was asked in 1910 to create a monument in honour of Viceroy Zhang Zhidong in China. This journey made a lasting impression on his artwork and he produced a number of busts and statuettes of Chinese people, which he presented in Europe upon his return in 1911. Some of these sculptures were mass-produced in Paris during the 1920s. In 1921 Jean Mich left Luxembourg for good and moved to Arcueil, near Paris, where he died in 1932.
His bust entitled Chih-Fan, which depicts the cook of Luxembourg engineer Eugène Ruppert (1864-1950) who ran the steelworks in Hanyang at the time, is by far the best known of his portraits of Chinese people. This bust of a laughing man certainly reflects the stereotypes of Asian people in that era, but it also clearly showcases the exceptional talent of Jean Mich as a portrait artist.
From 13 October 2018 until 31 March 2019, the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg will be exhibiting some fifty of Jean Mich’s works in a major retrospective dedicated to this amazing artist. The exhibition will be an opportunity to discover a number of previously unseen works by Jean Mich and will reveal some new research results about the astonishing life story of this extraordinary sculptor.
Stamp Day 2018
In 2018, the Stamp Day will be held in Kayl-Tétange and is hosted by the local philatelic club. The Tétange Philatelic Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary on the same occasion. Käl and Téiteng (in Luxemburgish) are located in the south of Luxembourg, in the “Minett” region, also known as “the land of the red rocks”, due to its characteristic vast iron ore deposits. These have been mined since the mid-19th century. Alongside the raw materials extraction, a whole new industry sprung up which also included the design and manufacture of technical devices, which over time became increasingly important to working efficiently. An example of this type of device is the “Téiteng Quäschebierg” braking slope.
The iron ore needed to be transported from the mines in the hills to the railway lines in the valley. The weight of the fully loaded mine carts descending into the valley simultaneously pulled the empty ones back up the hill. So the buggies ran along two parallel sets of tracks, from the top to the bottom and vice-versa. To safely control this dynamic process, they use special brakes for the purpose. An artistic memorial with one of the driving wheels from a braking slope at its centre, commemorates today Käl-Téiteng’s industrial past.
100 years since the end of World War I
On 11 November 1918, more than four years of war were finally over. But it was not the end of the suffering for the populations of the nations involved in the War. Death, grief, distress from the lost of belongings and hunger continued to dominate people’s lives. In Luxembourg, the situation was particularly bad when it came to feeding the population. An Allied embargo meant that initially very little food made it to Luxembourg, and later on none at all.
In his “Black Market” scene, Pierre Blanc gives a very realistic depiction of the situation of foraging, whereby people got their hands on the things they needed to live, both during and after the War. It is a snapshot of a situation that for many people at the time was essential for survival. People swapped everything they could do without and everybody had the same aim: to provide the essentials for themselves and their families. With the choice of this motif, POST Philately is logically and consistently following up the motif of “100 Years Ago: Start of World War I” which was published in September 2014 and for which a drawing by Pierre Blanc was also used.
125 years of the “Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg”
2018 marks the 125th anniversary of the ‘Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg’ (CAL). This commemoration highlights the ongoing efforts of the CAL since 1893 to promote and facilitate artistic creativity in Luxembourg. The original goals of the CAL were to introduce the cultural values of the Fine Arts to a wider audience and to enhance interaction between peers, whilst encouraging national or Luxembourg artists resident abroad in their artistic work. Organising the annual “Salon du CAL” competition and awarding prestigious accolades such as the “Grand Duke Adolphe Prize” (1902), the “Pierre Werner Prize” (1993) and the “Revelation Prize” (2009), which will be supplemented in 2019 by the “Sculpture Prize”, are amongst the chief activities of the CAL.
The CAL actively contributes to the promotion and dissemination of art from the Grand Duchy. By virtue of its enduring and inspiring work over the last 125 years, the CAL has become both an essential source of support for contemporary fine art output in Luxembourg and a guardian of the Grand Duchy’s art history.
50 Years of the “Mouvement Ecologique”
In 2018, the environmental organisation “Mouvement Ecologique” is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was established in 1968 by a group of young people who were concerned first and foremost with protecting nature. The later debate on nuclear power also sparked increased engagement in the development of society in general. The “Meco” has since grown into a nationally recognised environmental movement, which works towards sustainable development, maintaining quality of life and the rights of future generations.
Their range of issues is incredibly broad: from the issue of growth and protection of biodiversity, climate protection and engagement for future-oriented mobility solutions to harmonious development of our residential areas. There have been so many success stories in its history: The “Meco” played an outstanding role in the following projects: the construction of the tram system, the acquisition of the nature parks and increased civic participation. It is noteworthy that volunteers do much of its work. Concrete actions mean that “Meco” remains, after 50 years, a very lively organisation, which is valued by so many people.
50 Years of Miami University in Luxembourg
Founded in 1809, Miami University is one of the oldest universities in the US. It is located in Oxford, Ohio and admits more than 17,000 students from undergraduate to doctorate levels. It takes its name from the local Native American tribe, the Miami. As a public educational institution, Miami University belongs to a small club of higher education institutions having the honour of educating a US President: Benjamin Harrison, who led the United States in the late 19th century. Since 1968, this American university has also had a base in Luxembourg. The school bears the name of the US Ambassador, John Dolibois, a native of Luxembourg.
The Miami University J.E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) is located in Differdange Castle and has welcomed more than 11,000 over the past 50 years. Miami in Luxembourg offers courses in business, political science, history, art, economics, architecture and literature. Miami University has been recognised by the magazine US News and World Report, as the best American public university for the quality of teaching and by the Institute for International Education as one of the top three best institutions for study abroad.
Preventing Breast Cancer
Talking differently about breast cancer is a challenge of Europa Donna Luxembourg, an association formed in 2002. Thanks to presentations on the disease, people sharing their stories and public awareness campaigns such as the “Broschtkriibslaf” run, the taboo around cancer has been greatly reduced. The primary objective: to raise public awareness about breast cancer and the risk factors in order to promote a responsible attitude amongst women towards their health.
The vision of Europa Donna Luxembourg is for every woman with the disease to be treated in the best possible and most suitable way at all of the country’s hospitals. This includes continuous improvement of the conditions for screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care. Europa Donna Luxembourg wants to tell every woman that she is not going through the ordeal of this disease alone. Having cancer is a distressing experience and for some women it unlocks a real life force and a change in their priorities.