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.

Joan MIRÓ
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

ALL ABOUT PINAUD THIS YEAR IN MUSEUMS ACROSS THE REGION

Cette année offre la chance de découvrir le travail de l’artiste local Pascal Pinaud dans les musées de la région PACA. This year offers the chance to discover the work of local artist Pascal Pinaud in museums across the PACA region.

With no less than three exhibitions of his works taking place in the region, 2017 is definitely going to be the year of Pascal Pinaud.

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The first two exhibitions are currently underway at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, and at the Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, both running until the 5th of March. The third one will take place this summer at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC PACA) in Marseille. Recognition indeed for one of the major artists of the Côte d’Azur of our time!

Born in Toulouse in 1964, Pascal Pinaud has been living and working in Nice for over 20 years, proving that after Yves Klein, César, and Arman, the South East of France remains a prime location for creativity and research in arts.

Having exhibited from early on in his career, the graduate of the Villa Arson is known for reinventing abstract painting in a quest for new directions, replacing frames and brushstrokes with technical originality and humour. Through his paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, he likes to blend the history of our creative and transformative capacities with the origins of art, as well as questioning the possible future of his creations. He also brings a certain poetry to his works and likes to make the spectators experience “a thousand lives”.

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If his art bears some similarity to that of Gérard Gasiorowski, Bertrand Lavier, John Armleder, Noël Dolla, or with certain American painters from the 1980s such as Philip Taaffe or Jonathan Lasker, Pinaud has become one of the leading figures of post-modern painting. He has been granted solo exhibitions in numerous museums and art centres around the world, from the Museum Ludwig in Vienna and the Verrière Hermès in Brussels, to the Busan Biennal in South Korea and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago, Chile.

The retrospective exhibition at the Fondation Maeght “Sempervivum retraces his practice through several series such as Tôles and Diptyques, but also presents some unique works such as Arbre à fèves and Tel Quel,while “C’est à vous de voir…” at the Espace de l’Art Concret offers an instropective look at his already long career.

All photos by François Fernandez