NICE MUSIC LIVE BOASTS STELLAR LINEUP

Pour sa deuxième année, le nouveau festival, Nice Music Live, ne déçoit pas. For its second year, the new festival, Nice Music Live, doesn’t disappoint.

Good news for all music afficionados on the French Riviera, Nice Music Live is back this July with a top class lineup.

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Nice Music Live, which replaced the very popular Crazy Week, improves with each passing year, and has definitely established itself as one of the not-to-be-missed summer events on the Riviera.

This year the festival has added more dates and more artists to its lineup, offering a truly eclectic programme in a superb location – the Théâtre de Verdure and Place Masséna – over six days from the 13th to the 26th of July.

Nice Music Live will kick off on Wednesday the 13th with the Dublin-based Mexican duo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela (pictured in lead image above). With their provocative flamenco-style reinterpretations of classic heavy metal songs, they have received raves all around the world from music fans and critics.

On Thursday the 21st, it will be Maître Gims’ turn to take the stage. The Congolese-born French rapper is a member of the famous hip-hop Sexion d’Assaut, but over the last few years he has also released two very successful solo albums, Subliminaland Mon Cœur avait raison.

The following night promises an interesting mix of up-and coming artists: the German folk duo, Milky Chance, with their reggae and electronic influenced set, and the French electrop-pop musicians Broken Back, and Mayerus.

The Avener, the young Niçois who topped the charts in more than 17 countries last year with his first album, ‘The Wanderings of the Avener’ and its rework of Phoebe Kildeer’s song “Fade Out Lines”, will be the star of the night on Saturday the 23rd. He will be supported by Synapson and Silence Events.

And the momentum will continue the following night with the much-anticipated concert of the French duo Fréro Delavega and English singer-songwriter/guitarist, Julian Perretta.

Finally, after a day off, the highly popular French folk rock band, Louise Attaque, which is making a comeback this year with their fourth album, should delight the crowd with not only their new songs but also their many hits.

The festival takes place on the 13th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th of July. Tickets cost from €15 to €54 and can be reserved online or bought in all usual outlets.

ROBERT COMBAS EXHIBITION WILL TRIGGER THE EMOTIONS

L’été sera riche en évènements pour les amateurs d’art à Monaco. The summer will be rich in events for art lovers in Monaco.

Romantic, erotic…the works of Robert Combas on display at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this summer promise to create a stir.

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While the ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco, and French Culture’ exhibition at the Espace Ravel of the Grimaldi Forum will be the definite highlight of the Monégasque summer, the Principality will also pay tribute to a lesser known, yet equally prolific artist, Robert Combas.

The French painter and sculptor is widely considered as one of the founding fathers of the figuration libre movement which began in Paris in the early 1980s as a reaction to the heavily conceptual and academic art. Drawing on pop cultural influences such as punk music, graffiti and cartoons, this Gallic art form was more or less the equivalent of Neo-Expressionism in the U.S.

Combas, who was born in Lyon in 1957, actually grew up in Sète, by the Mediterranean, and after completing his studies at the École des Beaux Arts, his artistic career started with the creation of a rock band, followed just a year later with the publication of the art magazine ‘Bato’.

As a creator, he has always been inspired by street art and classic images of the Modern and pre-Modern era to create frantic paintings full of striking colours, strong black contour lines, and a charged figurative imagery that includes cartoon characters, mythical beasts, cyborgs, and body parts coming to life in wild and violent settings.

His works have a sense of vitality and eroticism, serving to both exalt libertinism and criticize the excesses of contemporary society.

Robert Combas has been producing more autobiographical canvases of late, but the Monégasque exhibit will focus on the paintings from the 1980s and ’90s, organized according to the themes so dear to their creator: war, sex, transgression, celebration… Among the works on loan from various private collections, including the Laurent Strouk collection, visitors will be able to admire “La guerre de Troie”,Joli spectacle équestre romain”, and “Le pianiste”.

Robert Combas once said, “I like to leave traces and drips in my colour. I do not like the effects to be too clean, too uniform or too smooth.” With this exhibition, this statement will without doubt take on its full meaning.

The exhibition ‘Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Robert Combas” will take place from the 7th of August to the 11th of September at the Espace Diaghilev in the Grimaldi Forum. Tickets cost €5 and are now available online

CONTACT DETAILS
Espace Diaghilev
Grimaldi Forum
10, av. Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: + 377 99 99 20 00

L’AROMATE TURNS COOKING INTO AN ART FORM

L’Aromate à Nice ou quand la cuisine devient un art. L’Aromate in Nice or when cooking between an art.

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L’Aromate is one of Nice’s few Michelin starred restaurants, so when it offers up cutting-edge, yet delicious cuisine, you just have to try it.

Located in a former peanut-roasting plant located on avenue Maréchal Foch, right in the heart of the city, l’Aromate is a welcoming place with two dining rooms decorated with black ceilings and wood floors that definitely provide for a very intimate atmosphere.

The owner and chef, Mickaël Gracieux, a native of Saint-Amand-Montrond in the Cher who moved with his girlfriend Elise to Nice in 2008, has trained with some of the most prestigious French culinary masters, such as Joël Robuchon in Paris, Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV in Monaco, and Arnaud Donckele at La Pinède in Saint Tropez.

Eager to democratize haute cuisine and give free rein to his creativity, Gracieux is offering dishes that are both innovative and tasty, using only the best of fresh produce. His lunch and dinner menus change regularly according to the season, as well as the chef’s imagination, and feature both traditional dishes (for instance, Charolais beef with a light crust of salt, pepper and hazelnuts served with potato purée) and original creations such as the crab in shellfish gelée with a curry-fennel cream for starter or the orange and lemon tart for desert.

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Gracieux’s main goal is to make the experience as unique and delightful as possible for the customers, but at the same time keeping it convivial and affordable, and already his efforts have paid off. In June 2008, he became the first winner of the ‘Rising Star Champagne Jacquart Trophy’ in Gastronomy for the French Riviera, and just two years later, earned his first Michelin star. What a great achievement for this young and talented chef who has managed to build on his unique culinary experience to carve out an identity of his own!

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L’Aromate is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm till 10:30pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Restaurant L’Aromate
20, avenue Maréchal Foch
06000 Nice

Telephone : +33 4 93 62 98 24

VILLA SAUBER CELEBRATES MARLENE DIETRICH

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

Spend some time with Marlene Dietrich at the Villa Sauber in Monaco this summer, courtesy of Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli.

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This off-the-wall project by Vezzoli, entitled ‘Villa Marlène‘, is dedicated to the great Marlene Dietrich, and the exhibit involves the redecoration of all the rooms in the historic residence as if the German legend had lived there. Even though she never did. As we are told upon entering “Everything that you will see in this exhibition is just pure fiction”.

Over the two floors of the villa, commemorative relics are just about everywhere, from paintings and posters to films and sculptures. The walls are adorned with portraits of the actress that could have been produced by the great artists of her time (Francis Bacon, René Magritte, Tamara de Lempicka, Amedeo Modigliani…) but were actually painted in Russia by professional copyists. While some of the works on display have been created specifically for the project, others are on loan from major private collections.

If the journey through the different works proves to be fascinating, the key to the show can be found in the movie “Marlene Redux: A True Hollywood Story!”, which is projected in the last room. In this episode from the E! television series, we witness a young Vezzoli and his pursuit of Lady Marlene, through the use of fake interviews and excerpts from ficticious films.

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The Italian creator has always been fascinated by Dietrich, not so much by the private person, but rather by the glamorous character she successfully created. He was inspired to create his project after watching another film, the Maximilian Schell documentary ‘Marlene’, in which you can only hear Dietrich’s voice but not see her, as she is replaced by another female artist, Anni Albers.

Always navigating between reality and fiction, Francesco Vezzoli lives and works in Milan. He studied at Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London from 1992 and 1995, and his creations have been the subject of many solo exhibitions held in institutions such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and le Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Villa Marlene’ runs until the 11th of September at Villa Sauber. Tickets costs €6 and the exhibit is open daily from 11am to 7pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Villa Sauber
New National Museum of Monaco
17, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

All images courtesy Villa Sauber

MEET LOCAL FASHION DESIGNER NINA TRANSFELD

Entretien avec Nina Transfeld, une jeune créatrice de mode installée dans le vieux Nice, pour Riviera Buzz. Interview with Nina Transfeld, a young fashion designer established in the old Nice, for Riviera Buzz.

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Nina Transfeld is a young German fashion designer who runs her own boutique in the heart of Vieux Nice, Nina Transfeld Couture.

We recently sat down with Nina Transfeld and spoke with her of her journey thus far and where she sees herself in the future, but also of her love for fashion and the French Riviera.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Nina Transfeld, I’m originally from Cologne, Germany and after having lived in New York for 10 years, I returned to Europe and have now recently opened a small boutique with my own clothing line in the South of France.

Why did you decide to move to Nice?

Before I moved to Nice, I had only lived in very big cities like New York and Paris. For me personally, and also for the boutique, I think that a smaller city is better, it’s less stressful and it’s more like a community. I often meet people on the street that I know and it’s nice to stop and chat for a few minutes. On top of that I love the sunshine – more than 300 days a year, yay! – which is also great for selling my colourful summer dresses. When the sun shines, the colours of the buildings are stunning, very inspirational for me as well.

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Can you tell us a little about your brand, Nina Transfeld Couture? What is the concept behind it?

Nina Transfeld Couture is a very small clothing line, with small and exclusive collections. Within the collection I only have approximately 15 different designs and only three to five items per design. If you buy a dress at my boutique, it is safe to assume that you won’t see it anywhere else, worn by someone else. Besides that, almost all items are handmade in France and I only choose high quality materials, while still remaining accessible.

What interests you about fashion?

I am a very creative person and I can express my creativity through fashion. I have always loved fashion, especially dresses and I only design items that I would wear myself.

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Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration in many different places, in places I have travelled to and people I have met, from music, movies, but also from people on the street. Sometimes I see someone who wears an outfit I just totally love and I quickly snatch a photo of it, to keep it as an inspiration.

Which designers and brands have been your inspirations?

Of course I love Dior first and foremost, because he was an excellent designer, he designed collections, which highlighted femininity to the fullest, but at the same time he was also an excellent businessman, which is equally important. Chanel of course as well, because she came from nothing and created her own universe with her collections, but I also find inspirations in small designers with their own small boutiques like mine who are brave enough to take that risk and who try to withstand big brands and create their own instead.

As a designer, what are your goals and ambitions?

I would love to develop my brand more so that it will become better known, also in other cities like Paris, London, Berlin and the like. But I will always stay true to my concept. I will always want my brand to stay exclusive and I will never compromise on quality.

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What skills would you say are important for a successful career in fashion design?

I think the most important skill is creativity. You always have to design more items, more collections. If you are not creative you will quickly run out of ideas. Besides being a creative person, it is also very important to be a good business person. It’s important to know how to run a business as well, and which steps to take to make your business or brand successful.

What advice would you give to young designers who wish to start their own label?

I would say go for it and don’t let the doubts get to you. Do something fresh and original, it will take some time, but you will find your clients who will love what you do!

Finally, what do you like about the French Riviera?

Wow, too many things to list, the French Riviera is just an absolutely stunning place. It’s a dream to live here, like paradise. I love the sunshine, the sea, all the small hidden villages, the architecture…everything!

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Many thanks to Nina for taking the time to talk to us. To find out more about her work, you can visit her website. Or equally, if you find yourself in Vieux Nice, do drop into the boutique and say hi from us!

CONTACT DETAILS
Nina Transfeld Couture
5, rue Rossetti
06300 Nice

IT’S GOING TO BE RAINING CATS AND DOGS IN LE CANNET THIS JULY

Une autre expo  voir cet été sur la Côte d’Azur…Cette fois au Cannet. Another exhibit to see this Summer on the French Riviera…This time in Le Cannet.

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Pierre Bonnard’s love for animals is to be celebrated this summer with a special exhibition by his eponymous museum in Le Cannet.

While the musée Chagall in Nice is currently reflecting on the influence of music in the Russian painter’s work, the musée Bonnard in Le Cannet will be presenting an exhibition entitled ‘Entre chiens et chats – Bonnard et l’animalité’, focussing on Monsieur Bonnard’s love of animals, starting this July.

Featuring more than 50 œuvres, including works on loan from the musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, and the Kunsthalle of Bremen in Germany, the exhibit will revolve around the Nabi period and paintings of the artist’s long-time companion, Marthe de Méligny, alongside her pets.

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Perhaps best known for his interior and urban scenes, with intense, high-keyed colours, Bonnard also produced many landscapes towards the end of his career, as well as designing furniture, developing textile patterns, making puppets for puppet shows, and illustrating books.

Born just outside of Paris in 1867 to a well-to-do family, Pierre Bonnard came of age when Impressionism was at its height, but after studying at the Académie Julian, a liberal Parisian art school, he teamed up with a group of young painters, greatly influenced by Paul Gauguin and in search of an art independent of external reality.

This group of artists, which called themselves the Nabis, or prophets, believed that colours should be used independently of objective reality, and that a painting should tend towards dreams. Bonnard created many of his scenes, not from life, but from his memory or imagination, putting a lot of emphasis on light, space and shapes. His canvasses were worked and re-worked to capture the spirit of the moment rather than the exact person or place.

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There is definitely an outsider quality to his work, and one can feel the emotional connection between man and animal in all his paintings.

The exhibition ‘Entre chiens et chats – Bonnard et l’animalité’ runs from the 2nd of July to the 6th of November. Tickets cost from €5.

The museum is open daily from 10am to 8pm (9pm on Thursdays, closed Mondays) throughout July and August, and from 10am to 6pm from September onwards.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Musée Bonnard
16, boulevard Sadi Carnot
06110 Le Cannet

Tel: + 33 4 93 94 06 06

All images courtesy Musée Bonnard; Bonnard et son chien Black, 1905 – 1910, photographie Musée d’Orsay, Paris © Photo Musée d’Orsay / RMN; Pierre Bonnard, La Femme au chat vers 1912, Musée d’Orsay, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2016 © Photo Musée d’Orsay / RMN / H. Lewandowski; Pierre Bonnard, Le Basset sur la chaise, vers 1921, Collection particulière © Adagp, Paris 2016

 

THE EUROPEAN ART FAIR RETURNS TO THE GRIMALDI FORUM IN MONACO

Un bel été en perspective à Monaco pour les amoureux de l’art. A beautiful summer on the horizon in Monaco for art lovers.

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The summer in the Principality will be a busy one with the return of Point Art Monaco, the ultimate world art fair organised by GIE Point Art Monaco.

Successor to the Biennale des Antiquaires de Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the annual Point Art Monaco will once again welcome some of the most famous art dealers from around the globe to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

This year, the organisers have decided to rename the fair to the European Art Fair Monaco, to celebrate the event’s increasing popularity, and as a “sign of progress”.

For its sixth edition, the five day show will pay tribute to the shared heritage of the Europe that witnessed the birth of great art, along with the Old Masters who created timeless classics.

From paintings to sculpture and period furniture to designer jewellery, the programme will bring together four of the Principality’s most prominent art galleries: Maison d’Art, Galerie Adriano Ribolzi, A. Pallesi Art Gallery, and M.F. Toninelli Art Moderne.

It will once again feature masterpieces from exhibitors who have cultivated special relationships with the world’s leading institutions, including the Louvre Museum in Paris, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, and the Pinacoteca di Brena in Milan.

The European Art Fair Monaco takes place from 20th to 24th July at the Grimaldi Forum, running concurrently with the summer exhibition ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture‘. For art lovers interested in both events, a special reduced price ticket costing only €16 will be available.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
10, ave. Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

All images courtesy EAF Monaco