LAGERFELD’S FORMER MONEGASQUE VILLA HOSTS NOMAD DESIGN FAIR

Une des plus belles villas de la Côte d’Azur. One of the most beautiful villas on the French Riviera.

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The inaugural Nomad Design Fair, which ran from the 27th to the 30th of April, provided the visitor with a unique opportunity to discover what is widely considered as one of the most beautiful properties on the French Riviera – La Vigie.

Built in 1902 for Sir William Ingram, the villa boasts magnificent panoramic views of the Mediterranean, the Principality, and the bay of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. At the time of its construction, the gardens were full of rare animals, tropical birds and predators, including eagles and condors, and served as the perfect location for the owner’s extravagant parties.

The atmosphere, however, changed dramatically during World War II when the villa became an observation post for the occupying German forces, who did not think twice about turning the gardens into trenches covered with barbed wire and mine fields.

Thankfully, the grounds were restored to their former glory in the 1950’s and the villa became home to the Grimaldi family. Later on during the 1990’s, it was the residence of one of the world’s most famous fashion designers, Karl Lagerfeld.

These days, La Vigie is an exclusive hotel catering to high society guests, and can be rented on a weekly or monthly basis.

With its monumental entrance hall, impressive staircase, high ceilings, its many columns and fireplaces, large terrace, tree-covered park and private road, the property definitely provides for a chic and trendy getaway.

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As for Nomad, it will now live up to its name, travelling to different destinations each year in order to offer art aficionados an original experience, and create “an event that is bespoke, intimate and that presents work in a radically new context”. Nonetheless, with their choice of La Vigie this year, the organizers have well and truly set the bar very high for future venues to follow!

 

All images courtesy Nomad Monaco

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION SHOT ON THE RIVIERA PROMISES TO BE THE NEXT BIG TV HIT

Glamour, drame, fourberie…C’est la recette de Riviera,  une production internationale qui devrait être le prochain gros succès télé. Glamour,  drama, double-dealing…That’s the recipe of Riviera, an international production that should be the next big TV hit.

Shot last summer on our shores, Sky Atlantic’s eagerly anticipated drama Riviera got its big debut recently at miptv, in front of players from the TV and digital industry.

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There could not have been a more appropriate setting for the world premiere of Riviera, a new 10-part television series which is all about complex relationships and audacious excesses in the sun drenched luxury of the French Riviera!

Created by Oscar-winning writer and director Neil Jordan (The Borgias, The Crying Game), based on an idea by former U2 manager, Paul McGuiness, and co-written by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville (The Sea), the glamour thriller tells the story of Midwestern girl, Georgina, played by Hollywood star Julia Stiles (Jason Bourne) who was married to billionaire and art collector Constantine Clios, played by Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana), until his demise in a yacht explosion. As she tries to uncover the truth about his death, the heroine slowly comes face to face with the extent of her husband’s questionable business dealings, as well as a world of deceit, depravity, and corruption.

Aside from Stiles and LaPaglia, the international cast also includes some big names like Adrian Lester (London Spy) as Georgina’s friend and art dealer Robert Carver, Lena Olin (Chocolat) as Irina, the first wife of the dead man, and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Dimitri Leonidas (The Monument Men) as Constantine’s sons, Adam and Christos.

A murder, a glamorous location, a handful of colourful characters and a great dose of double-dealing, Riviera definitely has all the ingredients to become the next huge TV hit. While there are no fixed dates set for its release, the series is expected to launch in the UK and Ireland in late 2017, while many countries around the world have already bought the broadcasting rights.

 

All images courtesy Sky Atlantic

BEWARE THE ULTIMATE NINJA WARRIORS OF CANNES!

La nouvelle saison du jeu populaire se passe une nouvelle à Cannes. The new season of the popular is once again taking place in Cannes.
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Following the success of its first season, the French version of TV series Ninja Warrior  will be back on our screens this summer, once again featuring numerous shots of the old port of Cannes.

Filming is underway on the Esplanade Pantiero, right in the heart of the city, and will continue until Thursday the 13th. A great occasion for locals to see hundreds of wannabe ninjas compete to become the ultimate warrior.

Based on the global hit « Sasuke », which is now in its 31st season in Japan and has led to many spin-offs around the globe, including Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, and the US, the extreme fitness show is definitely the biggest and most impossible obstacle course in the world. To date, only three contestants have completed it, so the 250 participants who are currently taking part in the French version of the game are sure to be in for a rough ride.

They will first have to tackle the six obstacles of the assault course in an attempt to reach the Top 10 and earn themselves a place in the final, which will be decided in a timed race on the last day of the event. Last year, no competitor was able to complete the entire course and so the prize money of €100,000 was left unclaimed.

The second season will once again air on French TV channel TF1, which acquired the rights for the show in 2015, and will see the return of popular presenters Sandrine Quétier, Denis Brogniart and Christophe Beaugrand.

250 seats are available each day for the event, allocated on a first come, first served basis, so if you want to see what the buzz is all about, get thee along to Cannes!

CONTACT DETAILS
Esplanade Pantiero
06400 Cannes

NICE SHOWS SOME AMERICAN LOVE WITH NEW EXHIBIT

Nice se met à l’heure américaine cette année! Nice is showing some American love this year!

When US Congress declared war on Germany on 6th April, 1917, the Niçois city fathers decided to rename its famous « Quai du midi » to « Quai des Etats-Unis ».

A century later, it was thus natural for Nice, which has been commemorating the First World War with a series of yearly exhibitions since 2014, to celebrate the impact the American presence had, not only on the city, but also the entire French Riviera.

1917 Nice l'américaine expoEntitled « 1917: Nice l’Américaine », the exhibit starts in 1787 with Thomas Jefferson, who was the first known American to travel to the south of France, and follows with Uncle Sam’s soldiers on “rest and recreation” as they showed locals the pleasures of bathing and sunbathing. Soon after, with the region transforming itself from a winter to a summer resort, it was the turn of the crème de la crème of American high society to flock to the region’s villas, private beaches and night clubs, to rub shoulders with famous artists from the ‘Lost Generation’.

The region had by then earned its reputation as a hedonistic paradise, and became a mixture of opulence, glamour, joie de vivre, and jazz music. Cole Porter rented a house on Cap d’Antibes for two summers in 1921 and 1922 and played in American-owned cocktail bar le Pam Pam. The wealthy Murphys took advantage of the strong US dollar to escape Prohibition at home and to make the Riviera their home. There, they entertained their many friends from the artistic community. Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Man Ray, and John Do Passo were just a few of the A-listers who participated in their wild parties, while F. Scott Fitzgerald perfectly captured the atmosphere of the era in his famous novel ‘Tender is the Night’.

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While the roaring 20’s came to an abrupt end in 1929 with the stock market crash, the interest in the Côte d’Azur never really waned, and American money played an important part in the region’s development. Billionaire Frank Jay Gould opened the magnificent Palais de la Méditerranée right on the Promenade des Anglais, while American director Rex Ingram rescued the Victorine Studios from bankruptcy, giving them an international dimension.

The exhibition ‘1917: Nice l’Américaine’ is being held at the Archives Municipales in Nice until the 29th of September and will also include conferences, educational workshops, jazz sessions, and a cycle of American films held at the Cinémathèque de Nice.

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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

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

 

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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Crayon graphite sur papier, 60 x 45 cm
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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

 

MARILYN MONROE PHOTO EXHIBITION UNDERWAY IN AIX

Eternelle Marilyn! Eternal Marilyn!

Between glamour and tragedy, a new photo exhibition in Aix-en-Provence shows how Marilyn Monroe fashioned her legendary image.

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In the mind of many people around the world, she was the ultimate sex-symbol, and decades after her death, it is undeniable that her image still remains closely linked to the golden years of Hollywood and the American Dream. And because Marilyn Monroe loved the camera and was loved in return by photographers, the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence is now celebrating the glamorous icon with a beautiful exhibition entitled ‘Marilyn – I Wanna Be Loved By You’. The exhibition runs until next Spring.

 

Curated by Sylvie Lécallier, head of photo collections at the Palais Galliera in Paris, and Olivier Lorquin president of the Musée Maillol in Paris, this event presents some sixty photographs, mostly on loan from private collectors. The photographs were taken by some of the most famous artists of her day, such as André de Dienes, Milton Greene, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton, Sam Shaw, and George Barris, as well as numerous multimedia materials, showing how the actress skillfully managed to create her own legend.

From a very young age, Marilyn had developed a strong interest in photography, devouring movie magazines to escape her sad childhood, and through the lens, we see her transforming herself from a shy starlet named Norma Jean to the sex goddess that so perfectly captured the collective imagination.

As for the blonde bombshell, posing for photographers was not only a way to enter a fantasy world in which she played a role, it also became, towards the end of her life, her only mean to set aside the fictional character she had created and show her true self. For a long time, she was seen as the embodiment of the ideal woman, beautiful beyond words and seductive, but also slightly dumb and uneducated. But through the years, she started cultivating her interest in poetry, art, and literature, reading many books, and marrying writer and intellectual Arthur Miller. And at the same time, thanks to the trustful relationship she had with photographers, she came to give a glimpse of who the real Marilyn was; a seductive and playful diva, yes, but also a fragile and vulnerable woman.

This will to control her image is clearly evident at the end of the exhibition, when on the contact sheets of “The Last Sitting”, the photo shoot the star did with Bert Stern just six weeks before her death, the pictures she did not like are simply crossed out.

‘Marilyn, I Wanna Be Loved By You’ runs until the 1st of May, 2017 at l’Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Regular ticket costs 13€, and reservations may be made online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Hôtel de Caumont
3, rue Joseph Cabassol
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Tel: +33 4 42 20 70 01

 

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE: MONACO CELEBRATES ITS BALLET COMPANIES

Deux expositions pour le prix d’une cet automne à Monaco. Two exhibitions for the price of one this fall in Monaco.

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Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco highlight the important role played by dance in reinforcing Monaco’s standing on the international cultural scene.

It is undeniable that the history of Monaco is closely linked to that of dance. From Serge Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes, which revolutionized ballet at the beginning of the 20th century with its fusion of art, movement and music, to the modern-day Ballets de Monte-Carlo who are in high demand worldwide thanks to the avant-gardist works of his artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot, the tiny principality boasts a long tradition of excellence and innovation in the field of choreography.

Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco serve to reiterate the influence of dance on the Monegasque cultural scene.

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The first one “Designing Dreams, a celebration of Leon Bakst”, which is running until the 15th of January at the Villa Sauber is bringing into focus the creations of stage-designer Leon Bakst who designed sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes in the 1910’s and early 1920’s. Drawing his inspiration from the ancient cultures of Greece, Persia and Siam but also from Russian folk art, Bask managed to perfectly combine the atmosphere of Slavonic orientalism with a more modern style. Famous for his love for bright colours and his extravagant designs with refined details, the artist’s sets and designs were definitively a huge part of the success of Diagilev’s productions, such as Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910); Narcisse (1911) andDaphnis and Chloé (1912).

In total, more than 150 drawings, models, and costumes from the collection of the museum itself and from the permanent repository of the Société des Bains de Mer, as well as works by artists such as Jean Cocteau, Valentine Hugo and George Barbier, who contributed to the diffusion of the famous “Art Décoratif de Leon Bakst”,are displayed in a unique scenography inspired by the concept of dreams.

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Simultaneously, the Villa Paloma is plunging visitors into the exciting world of choreographic creations. Inaugurated last September by H.R.H. Caroline of Hanover, the “Dance, Dance, Dance exhibit is a three-phase projects that focuses on body movements and different rhythms, from rehearsal to public performances. It thus includes various live performances but also a workshop that brings together dancers, choreographers and stage designers as well as many debates on the multifaceted aspects of this art.

Designing Dreams, a Celebration of Leon Bakst runs until the 15th of January, 2017.
Dance, Dance, Dance runs until the 8th of January, 2017.

 

The museum is open every day from 10am until 6pm. Closed on the 1st of January, 2017. A ticket for both villas costs 6€.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

NMNM – VILLA PALOMA
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 48 60

 

NMNM – VILLA SAUBER

17, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

 

All images courtesy NMNM

Depeche Mode arrive à Nice…Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz. Depeche Mode is coming to Nice…All the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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Some things never seem to go out of fashion and while decades may pass, Depeche Mode’s career is showing no signs of slowing down.

2017 is indeed going to be a busy year for Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher, who are not only planning to release a new record in the spring, Spirit (their 14th studio album), but also to embark on an European tour from May to July to support said album.

Definitely great news for both lifelong fans and new aficionados on the French Riviera, who will have a chance to see the UK band live when they stop at the Stade Charles Ehrmann in Nice on the 12th of May.

While we can expect to hear such classic hits as “People Are People”,Master and Servant”,Enjoy the Silence”, and “Personal Jesus”, the synthpop heavyweights will also be playing songs from their new offering, which is being produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foal, Artic Monkeys) and reportedly features additional programming from techno star, Matrixxman.

It will be a follow-up to their 2013’s Delta Machine, which was produced by Ben Hillier, and to their upcoming Video Singles Collection, a career-spanning anthology of music videos and comments that is due next month. Not bad for a band that has been around since 1980!

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Famous for their dark, electro sound that propelled them to global success, Depeche Mode is still one of the most influential groups in the world today, having sold more than 100 million records over the years. They have even been hailed as “the most popular electronic band the world has ever known” by Q magazine, and as “one of the greatest British pop groups of all time” by the Sunday Telegraph.

With this exciting event, the upcoming musical season in Nice is definitely off to a great start!

Depeche Mode plays the Stade Charles Ehrmann in Nice on Friday, 12th of May 2017 at 7:45pm. Tickets go on sale on the 14th of October and range in price from 62 € to 89.50 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Stade Charles Ehrmann
155, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice