NOTRE DAME DE PARIS THE MUSICAL IS COMING TO NICE

Pour célébrer le printemps, Notre Dame de Paris arrive à Nice.To celebrate Spring, Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice!

Nearly twenty years after it premiered in Paris to both critical and popular acclaim, musical spectacular Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice for a three day run this April.

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Set in 15th century Paris and based on the Victor Hugo masterpiece, the highly popular musical tells the story of Notre Dame cathedral bell ringer, the hunchback Quasimodo, and of his hopeless devotion for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, who is being lusted after by the handsome, yet unfaithful, captain of the king’s archers, Phoebus, and by Frollo, a priest torn between his faith to God and his desires of the flesh.

As Gringoire, the poet, helplessly witnesses the tragedy unfold, the six other principal singers perform the beautiful score, composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon, and which includes Le Temps des Cathedrals, Belle, and Vivre. Meanwhile, some 24 dancers and acrobats fly across the stage, break dance and gracefully arch their bodies to create an atmosphere similar to that of a French circus.

This poignant tale of impossible love may not have a happy ending, its many interwoven storylines remain today more relevant than ever with topics such as racism, refugees seeking asylum, and the role of religion. Hence the standing ovations every night!

Notre Dame de Paris has already attracted audiences of more than four million in France alone, and has been staged in more than 20 other countries, from Italy and the United Kingdom, to the United States and South Korea.

Only time will now tell whether the musical becomes the new Les Mis, but there is little doubt that it will capture many more hearts in the years to come with its timeless story of love and betrayal.

Notre Dame de Paris runs from the 21st to the 23rd of April at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice. Tickets range in price from 28€ to 69€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

MONACO PAYS TRIBUTE TO LONG FORGOTTEN LOCAL ARTIST HERCULE FLORENCE

Nouvelle expo à ne pas manquer à Monaco. New not-to-be-missed exhibit in Monaco.

Villa Paloma in Monaco hosts a new exhibition of the works of long forgotten local artist and explorer, Hercule Florence.

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He may have developed a method for printing photographic images using silver nitrate and urine in 1833, and had his experiments published in a Rio de Janeiro journal, but Monegasque-Brazilian artist Hercule Florence nonetheless lived most of his life in relative obscurity. He never got the place he deserved in history for his contributions to modern photographic processes.

A new exhibition of his works being held at Villa Paloma in Monaco is thankfully rectifying this, and finally giving him the proper credit he should have received much earlier.

Born in Nice to a surgeon in Napaloeon Bonaparte’s army and to a Monegasque mother, Augustine Vignalis, Hercule Florence grew up in the Principality. At the age of 20, he was hired as a cabin boy on the French ship Marie-Thérèse, which was touring the world and it was during a stopover in Rio in 1824, that he decided to stay in the city. A year later he was selected by the Baron of Langsdorff to document his scientific expedition to South America.

For five years, Florence was in charge of collecting information about the flora, fauna, and native tribes of the Amazonas. To do so, he invented what has been dubbed the Zoophonie to record the musical notation of bird songs as well as the Polygraphia, a printing method based on the principles of photography.

He also produced a series of drawings documenting the culture of coffee in the north of Sao Paulo and the native populations, put together a “Picturesque-Celestial Atlas” that depicted clouds in the sky of Campinas, and also produced many scientific manuscripts and biographical diaries, in which he detailed his research as well as the Langsdorff expedition which came to a tragic end..

Part of theses drawings and manuscripts are among the 400 pieces of art on display in Monaco alongside the first photographic copy of the history of the Americas as well as works created specifically exhibition by international artists such as Lucia Koch, Jochen Lempert, Leticia Ramos and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.

‘Hercule Florence, Le Nouveau Robinson’ exhibit at the Villa Paloma runs until the 11th of June 2017. Tickets costs €6 and the exhibition is open daily from 11am to 7 pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Villa Paloma
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

STEP INTO THE SECRET WORLD OF CHINA’S LAST EMPERORS THIS SUMMER IN MONACO

Un bel été en perspective à Monaco! A beautiful summer on the horizon in Monaco!

The Forbidden City comes to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this July, promising another spectacular summer exhibition to rival past editions.

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Each year the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco takes us on a wonderful journey through history and art with its summer exhibition:  Moscow, Splendours of the Romanovs, Queens of Egypt, The Grace Kelly Years, and Art Lovers Stories of Art in the Pinault collection are just some of the more recent triumphs.

The 2017 edition will be no different, offering visitors a unique chance to immerse themselves in China’s rich past and get a glimpse into the extraordinary life of the country’s imperial life, as more than 250 artifacts from the Forbidden City will be on display from the 14th of July to the 10th of September.

The exhibitionThe Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”, jointly curated by Jean-Paul Desroches, Honorary General Curator, and Wang Yuegong, Director of the Imperial Court Life Department at the Forbidden City, will shed light on the mysterious life inside the world’s largest imperial palace, which the last imperial Chinese dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911), called home but which was off-limits to all but the emperor, his family and thousands of servants, including concubines and eunuchs.

 Located in the heart of Beijing and named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, the palace is a grandiose complex spanning approximately 727,000 square metres and made up of more than 980 buildings, as well as approximately 8,700 rooms. It became a museum in 1925, one year after Fu Yi, the Last Emperor, went into exile, and houses the largest collection of China’s imperial collections of paintings, ceramics, and decorative objects.

This summer in Monaco, visitors will be able to admire these national treasures, including portraits, ceremonial costumes, furniture, precious art objects and scientific instruments, straight from the Emperors’ former palace, as well as other masterpieces on loan from major European and American collections, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

16 years after the Grimaldi Forum’s successful exhibit “China of the First Emperor”,the Principality is getting ready to once again celebrate all the splendour and magnificence of a civilization that still fascinates centuries later.

The Forbidden City in Monaco. Life of the Court of Emperors and Empresses of China”will take place from the 14th July to the 10th of September. Pre-sale tickets are currently available for purchase online for just €5.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
10, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

 

JAIN AND THE AVENER TO HEADLINE NICE MUSIC LIVE FESTIVAL

Le Music Live Festival est de retour! The Music Live Festival is back!

Cancelled last summer in the wake of the tragic events that plunged the entire region into mourning, the Nice Music Live Festival is back this July.

Back with a vengeance and stronger than ever, the Nice Music Live Festival returns with an eclectic line-up featuring the best of French music from today and yesteryear. The festival, which successfully replaced the very popular Crazy Week back in 2015, will welcome The Insus?, Camille, the young Niçois, The Avener, and one of the musical sensations of the moment, Jain, all in a superb location, the Théâtre de Verdure / Place Masséna.

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The festivities will kick off on Saturday the 22nd of July on a rock’n’roll note, as three former members of the legendary French band Téléphone take to the stage. Highly popular in the 70’s and 80’s, The Insus?, as they are now called, have recently reunited after a hiatus of nearly 30 years and have been electrifying audiences with their energetic renditions of the band’s most famous hits such as New York avec toi, Cendrillon, and Un autre monde.

They will be followed on Monday by multi-cultural pop singer Jain who has been making a splash both at home and on the international scene over the past year with her unique blend of reggae, electro sounds and Arabic percussions.

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Influenced by the many places she called home while growing up, from Toulouse to Dubai, and from Congo to Madagascar, she won two Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys®) earlier this year, for Best female Artist and Video of the Year for his first album “Zanaka”, which includes the hit singles “Come”and “Makeba”, a song dedicated to South African and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.

The next evening, it will be time for some avant-garde music with Camille, a singer/songwriter who has been hailed as Björk’s natural successor, before The Avener closes the festival on Wednesday. After conquering the world at the end of 2013 with his rework of the Phoebe Kildeer song “Fade out Lines”, the local artist should bring the audience to their feet with his uplifting electronic sound.

The festival takes place from the 22nd to the 26th of July. Tickets cost from €33 to €60.50 and can be bought from all usual outlets or reserved online.

What better way to start celebrating music and life again!

MAMAC CELEBRATES GUSTAV METZGER, THE FATHER OF AUTO-DESTRUCTIVE ART

Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz. Latest article to date for Riviera Buzz.

The Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain in Nice (MAMAC), presents a retrospective of the work of Gustav Metzger, running until the 14th of May.

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Gustav Metzger, best-known for his auto-destructive art and left-wing activism, was born in Nuremberg in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. For more than six decades, he has been using everyday materials like newspapers, cardboard, and paper bags to address issues close to his heart, such as extinction, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorist bombings, climate change and environmental pollution.

The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against the ongoing erasure of species – even where there is little chance of ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste. Our task is to remind people of the richness and complexity in nature; to protect nature as far as we can and by doing so art will enter new territories that are inherently creative, that are primarily for the good of the universe.” – Gustav Metzger

Metzger’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions around the world, from The New Museum in New York (2011), to the Serpentine Gallery in London (2009), but calls for public participation are really what lies at the core of his artistic practice.

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In 1961, for instance, wearing a gas mask, Metzger performed one of the most famous acts of auto-destructive art when he threw hydrochloric acid at a sheet of nylon on London’s South Bank.

This is why, in parallel with MAMAC’s main exhibition, Remember Nature, the public were invited to witness the reenactment of two are Metzger’s main creations. Aside from the aforementioned South Bank demonstration which was recreated earlier this month, students from the École de Condé also recreated Mobbile, a sculpture placed inside a clear Plexiglas box, affixed to the roof of a car that was driven through the streets of Nice for a week at the end of January.

Remember Nature runs daily from 11am to 6pm until the 14th of May (closed Mondays).

CONTACT DETAILS
MAMAC
Place Yves Klein
06364 Nice cedex 4

 

FOR CÉLINE DION, IT’S BYE BYE VEGAS AND HELLO NICE!

Céline est de retour…et elle sera à Nice cet été. Céline is back….and she will be in nice this Summer!

Mark your calendars! Music superstar Céline Dion is taking a break from her long-running residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to tour Europe this Summer.

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Great news for fans of Céline Dion, as she announces a six week European tour this summer, with a stop at the Allianz Riviera in Nice on the 20th of July.

According to the five-time Grammy winner herself, these new shows should be a real trip down memory lane, with plenty of smash hits from the artist’s 35-year career in music. Expect to hear favourites like The Power Of Love, All By Myself, Because You Loved Me, That’s The Way It Is, as well as of course the unforgettable love theme from Titanic, My Heart Will Go On.

She will also perform songs from her latest album, Encore Un Soir (Another Night) – her first in French in four years -, which has been certified Diamond with over 500,000 units sold in France, as well as some tracks from her upcoming and yet untitled record in English, that will include a track called Recovering, written by American singer-songwriter Pink.

At 48, the Canadian singer remains a force to be reckoned with on the music scene, despite the death of her longtime manager and husband, René Angélil, just a little over a year ago. Known for her powerful voice and heavily influenced by R&B, gospel, and classical genres, Celine Dion has sold more than 220 million albums worldwide since 1981. She is, after Madonna, the second-highest earning musician in history, and is showing no sign of slowing down. In a video posted to Instagram, she proudly proclaimed in both French and English, “I cannot wait to have a great time, so I hope you’re ready!”

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Céline Dion plays the Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice on Thursday, 20th of July 2017 at 8:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

Céline Dion 2017 European Tour

5 June – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
17 June – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
20 June The O2 – London, UK
21 June – The O2 – London, UK
23 June – GelreDome – Arnhem, Netherlands
25 June – Manchester Arena, UK
29 June – Matmut Atlantique – Bordeaux, France
1 July – Stade Pierre Mauroy – Lille, France
4 July – AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France
5 July – AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France
12 July – Parc Olympique Lyonnais – Lyon, France
15 July – Stade de Suisse – Bern, Switzerland
18 July – Orange Velodrome – Marseille, France
20 July – Allianz Riviera – Nice, France
24 July – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany
27 July – Barclaycard Arena – Birmingham, UK

 

CONTACT DETAILS
Stade Allianz Riviera
Boulevard des Jardiniers
06200 Nice

 

TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS AT MUSÉE JEAN COCTEAU IN MENTON

Pour sa réouverture, le musée Cocteau à Menton présente 2 nouvelles expositions. For its reopening, the Cocteau museum in Menton presents 2 new exhibitions.

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The Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman recently reopened its doors and is celebrating this “re-inauguration” with two new temporary exhibitions, running until mid-March.

The first exhibition, “Démarche d’un poète” (A Poet’s Approach), based on Cocteau’s eponymous essay, focuses on the mythological itinerary of the multi-talented artist who believed that “the secret of poetry is to take things from the places in which habit has set them and reveal them from a different angle as though we see them for the first time.”

Cocteau’s career, which encompasses novels, plays, poems, films, essays, autobiographical writings, journalism, painting, and a voluminous correspondence, is marked not only by its profusion and diversity, but also by its creativity. As James P. Mc Nab wrote in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, “Cocteau’s willingness and ability to turn his hand to the most disparate creative ventures do not fit the stereotypical image of the priest like—or Proust-like—writer single-mindedly sacrificing his life on the altar of an all-consuming art. But the best of his efforts, in each of the genres that he took up, enriched that genre.”

Meanwhile, the second exhibition, “De aquis confusis (Mingled Waters), is dedicated to the work of Frédérique Nalbandian, an artist who uses plaster and soap to create pieces that oscillate between sustainability and ephemerality, a balance that bodes well with the spirit of the museum. Opened in 2011 and located in a striking building which evokes a labyrinth, the goal of the Jean Cocteau Museum is to present the different aspects of the artist’s genius, but also to show the man behind the myth.

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The works, which include some 1,190 drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics, tapestries, jewellery, books and manuscripts by Cocteau himself, as well as photographs relating to the artist and works by fellow artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, and Di Chirico, are arranged based on seven specific themes that each correspond to an important stage in the artist’s career: the topic “Blood of the Poet” for instance, is connected with Cocteau’s most renowned literary works, such as “Les Enfants Terribles” and “La Machine Infernale”, while another one, “Mysteries”, features the poetry and films Cocteau created post-WWII, such as “La Belle et la Bête”.

Moreover, since Cocteau is considered to be one of the fathers of modern art, it is fitting that these temporary exhibitions serve to highlight the works of current contemporary artists.

Admission to the museum also includes access to the Bastion, the abandoned Fort Menton’s “adopted son”, restored and decorated with mosaics and tapestries to house some of Cocteau’s own artworks.

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman
2, quai de Monléon
06500 MENTON

Tel: +33 4 89 81 52 50

All images courtesy Musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman

CELEBRATING SAINTE DÉVOTE IN MONACO

Qui était Ste Dévote, la femme que Monaco célèbre chaque 27 janvier? Who was Ste. Dévote, the woman Monaco celebrates every 27th of January?

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This Friday everything will come to a stop in Monaco for La Messe des Traditions, a service celebrated in the local dialect in the chapel of Sainte Dévote.

As well as the religious service, there will also be a torchlight procession in the town. A symbolic boat will be set alight by the Sovereign Prince and his Royal family, and a white dove will be released into the air, all in honour of the beloved patron saint of the Principality, Sainte Dévote.

The feast of Sainte Dévote remains without doubt one of Monaco’s most important events, and a beautiful tribute to a 19 year old girl from Corsica who was tortured and martyred because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.

Following her death, the governor of the province asked that her body be burned, but her fellow Christians managed to rescue her remains from the flames and placed them on a small boat bound for Africa, where they believed the young virgin would receive a proper burial. However, during the journey across the Mediterranean, a storm engulfed the boat and threatened to capsize it, but, according to legend, a dove flew from the mouth of the deceased to guide the barque to the nearby Monegasque shores. Her body was later found by fishermen and a chapel, the Sainte Dévote chapel, was built on the site of the girl’s tomb.

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Over the centuries, Sainte Dévote, whom the Monegasques call Devota, has been credited with many miracles, including ending a plague that broke out in the Principality in 1631. It is said that the nails of the symbolic boats that are burnt every year on the 27th of January bring happiness, so don’t be too surprised if you see kids rushing to collect them from the ashes at the end of the celebrations!

CONTACT DETAILS
Chapel of Sainte Dévote
1, rue Sainte Dévote
98000 Monaco

Lead image via BB on foursquare; photo of Chapelle de Sainte Dévote © RIVIERA BUZZ 

TWO DRAWINGS FROM MATISSE AND MIRÓ ON TEMPORARY DISPLAY IN NICE

Dernière semaine pour découvrir à Nice deux dessins exceptionnels de Matisse et Miró. Last week to discover in Nice two exceptional drawings from Matisse and Miró.

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The Musée Matisse in Nice has a very special treat in store for local art lovers this January, featuring two drawings by Henri Matisse and Joan Miró.

As the result of the loan of the painting “Figure à l’Ombrelle” to the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE  in Madrid for the ongoing exhibition “Les Fauves, The Passion for Color”, Henri Matisse’s “Femme à l’agenda” (Woman with Diary) has been lent, alongside Joan Miró’s “Composition”, to the Musée Matisse in Nice, where both drawings are on display until the 29th of January.

This outstanding exchange is a real treat for local art lovers. The FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE has always focused on the mysteries surrounding the birth of modernity, and its impressive collections of drawings include many masterpieces from the Spanish avant-garde – from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí to Mariano Fortuny and Eduardo Chillida Salvador – as well as works from major international artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Auguste Rodin, Paul Klee, and of course Matisse.

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If these two drawings capture the artists’ intimate, spontaneous moments as their creations take form on paper, they also highlight the mutual interest and respect Matisse and Miró had for one another. The two masters met repeatedly in 1935 and 1936, and their connection was not only familial, with Matisse’s youngest son, Pierre, representing the Spanish painter from the outset of his career through his eponymous and influential New York Gallery, it was also stylistic. As a young man, Miró idolized Matisse whom he considered a precursor in pictorial representation, and both artists are known for having brought new signs and new methods to Modern Art. For Matisse, “the importance of an artist is to be measured by the number of new signs he has introduced into the language of art”, and Miró did just that in his work, creating a language of art of his own, a kind of personal vocabulary.

The two drawings are presented with the permanent collection alongside works from Matisse’s Theme and Variations.

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COMPOSITION, 1930
Crayon graphite sur papier, 60 x 45 cm
Fondation MAPFRE, Madrid

Henri MATISSE
FEMME À L’AGENDA, 2 janvier 1944
Plume et encre de Chine sur papier, 42 x 32 cm
Fondation MAPFRE, Madrid

CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Matisse
164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
06300 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 81 08 08

 

RAMPOLDI RESTAURANT IN MONACO RESTORED TO FORMER GLORY

Une bonne adresse à Monaco! A good address in Monaco!

It is nothing short of a Monegasque institution, and after a four year refurb, the Rampoldi Restaurant has reopened to the delight of its many fans.

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The Rampoldi Restaurant is THE place to be for the local in-crowd, as well as for the jet-setters and celebrities from the world over who are in town.

Established in 1946 and located right in the historic Carré d’Or of Monte-Carlo, Rampoldi offers a brasserie-style menu of delicious Italian dishes with subtle French influences in an exquisite setting. Some of the most popular choices include the crayfish-stuffed ravioli and tortellini with cream and white truffle sauce, but the restaurant is also famous for its unbelievable caviar and its original cocktails that can be enjoyed at the bar. Prices many be high but the portions are generous and all the ingredients are fresh and come from local producers.

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Rampoldi has a streetside terrace facing the casino gardens, which allow its clientele to live the authentic Monegasque experience. When temperatures drop outside, the main dining room with its ornate ceilings, wood panelling and mirrors, has an undeniable charm that remains intact despite the extensive renovations that have been carried out to modernise the restaurant.

Thanks to the eatery’s 70 years of experience and its focus on quality, patrons can expect to benefit from the highest level of service and attention from the personnel, and because we are in Monaco, the restaurant also offers special privileges to its members. This “special treatment” includes dedicated tables available all year-round and a prestigious lounge that can be privatised for special events. The members have also access to an exclusive cigar room, where they can smoke and relax, away from the crowd.

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Combining a prime location and an unique ambiance with delicious Mediteranean cuisine and a modern touch, Rampoldi definitely remains a deservedly sought-after destination.

CONTACT DETAILS
Rampoldi
3, avenue des Spélugues
Monte-Carlo
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 93 30 70 65

 

All images courtesy Rampoldi Facebook page