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

 

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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

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

MONACO WILL ALWAYS LOVE THE BODYGUARD

The Bodyguard est maintenant une comédie musicale…Un évènement à ne pas manquer à Monaco en juin. The Bodyguard is now a musical…A not-to-be-missed  event in Monaco this coming June.

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Back in 1992, Whitney Houston got her first acting role alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, a romantic comedy which soon became a classic love story, thanks in part to a great soundtrack.

Two decades later, the Lawrence Kasdan Oscar-nominated film was made into a very successful musical, which is coming to Monaco at the end of June for what should be an incredible run of shows.

Adapted for the stage by American playwright and Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris and directed by Thea Sharrock, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in December 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre and opened to rave reviews, earning in the process four nominations for the Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.

Fans of the film will not be disappointed as this stage version has all the ingredients that made the movie so poignant in the first place. Following the burgeoning relationship between a music superstar, Rachel Marron, and a former secret agent, Frank Turner hired to protect her from a mysterious stalker, the show features some of Houston’s biggest hits such as Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You or I Wanna Dance with Somebody, as well as, of course, one of the biggest selling songs of all time, I Will Always Love You.

Some may view the musical as an attempt to cash in on the recent death of Whitney Houston (after all, many tribute shows featuring the songs of Michael Jackson emerged shortly after the singer’s death), but the result here turns out to be a real treat for the eyes and the ears, and Alexandra Burke, an X-Factor winner in the UK who reprises the title role, brilliantly shows that things are in safe hands.

The Bodyguard – the Musical plays at the Grimaldi Forum at 8:30pm on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of June, and at 3pm on Sunday the 26th. Tickets range in price from €36 (for students under the age of 25) to €69 and can be purchased on the Grimaldi Forum Website. Running time is 140 minutes.

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

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

Image courtesy The Bodyguard – the Musical

MONACO TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FRANCIS BACON THIS SUMMER

Francis Bacon sera la star de l’été à Monaco….Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz. Francisc Bacon will be the star this Summer in Monaco…All the details in riviera Buzz.

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Every year, art afficionados eagerly await the summer exhibit at the Grimaldi Forum. They will not be disappointed this year.

The subject of the upcoming summer exhibit at the Grimaldi Forum is ‘Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’. Curated by art historian, Martin Harrison, author of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné and organized with the support of the Estate of Francis Bacon in London as well as the recently established Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation in Monaco, the exhibit will show over sixty paintings by the Irish-born British artist, including his first and last works.

If Watercolour (1929) has rarely been out of the public view, this is certainly not the case with Study of a Bull, which will be displayed for the first time ever after Harrison tracked it down in the archives of Marlborough Fine Art Gallery.

Showing a bull emerging from darkness into light, this work has never been discussed or written about by specialists or in publications, but the artist definitely knew he was dying when he created it, and probably intended it as a “goodbye”, mixing dust with his paint to give a fading effect.

This 2 metre high painting will no doubt be the highlight of the exhibit, which will focus on the influence of French culture and his Monegasque period. Bacon, who was known for his bold and often grotesque style, lived in the Principality from July 1946 to the early fifties, and often returned there throughout his life alongside John Edwards, both his muse and his companion.

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His time in Monaco was decisive in his career as this is where he painted his first “pope” and came to work on the human form. The exhibit will also include works by artists that inspired him, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso,Giacometti, Léger and Soutine.

Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture’ runs from July 2 to September 4, 2016 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Opening times: Daily from 10am to 8pm with late night opening on Thursdays until 10pm. Tickets may be reserved online and there is a special presale offer (tickets only €5) running until 30th June, 2016.

CONTACT DETAILS
Espace Ravel du Grimaldi Forum Monaco
10, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

All photos courtesy DUBLIN BUZZ Photo Archive via Hugh Lane Gallery

ANNIE, THE HEART-WARMING RAGS TO RICHES STORY COMES TO MONACO THIS NOVEMBER

Annie arrive à Monaco et c’est dans Riviera Buzz. Annie is coming to Monaco and it’s in Riviera Buzz.

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Annie, the classic story of dreams coming true and the world’s favourite family musical comes to Monaco for a 4–day run from 26 to 29 November.

Annie is (almost) in town! Don’t miss the opportunity to see performances of such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and “Tomorrow.”

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray and featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, the musical is set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression. It follows a fiery little red-haired girl in her quest to find her real parents as she leaves behind a life of torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to spend Christmas, along with her dog Sandy, at the residence of enigmatic millionaire Oliver Wartbucks. And even though the horrible Miss Hannigan will do anything to prevent Annie from achieving her dreams, our little heroine will get her happy ending.

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Since its Broadway premier in 1977, the musical has delighted audiences around the globe, especially kids, who can’t help falling in love with Annie’s bubbly and shining personality. In 1982, It even became a smash-hit movie musical starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett and today it is definitely an integral part of popular culture references.

Always look on the bright side and wear a smile on your face teaches us Annie. This November, in Monaco, no matter how cold and rainy it may be, you can be sure of one thing: “the sun will come out tomorrow.”

Annie the Musical plays at 8:30 pm on the 26th, 27th and 28th of November and at 4 pm on Sunday the 29th. Tickets range in price from €31 (for students under the age of 25) to €69 and can be purchased online. Running time is 2H20.

CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
Avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

All images courtesy the Grimaldi Forum

CHAGALL, MALEVICH AND THE AVANT-GARDE AT THE GRIMALDI FORUM IN MONACO

Une exposition à ne pas manquer cet été à Monaco. A not-to-be missed exhibit missed this summer in Monaco.

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As part of the Year of Russia in Monaco, a new exhibition is underway at the Grimaldi Forum featuring the works of Russian avant-garde artists.

Since the start of the year, a number of events have been organized to celebrate “The Year of Russia” in the Principality, and the strong links that exist between the two countries. One of the highlights is taking place this summer at the Grimaldi Forum with the exhibition ‘De Chagall à Malévitch, la revolution des avant-gardes’ (From Chagall to Malevich, the revolution of the avant-garde).

Running until the 6th of September, this exhibition brings together 150 artworks (some of which have never previously left Russia), from artists who made up avant-garde art scene in Russia for a quarter of a century from 1905 to 1930, and shook up centuries of convention and academism.

Altman, Baranoff-Rossin, Burliuk, Chagall, Chashnik, Dymchits-Tolstaya, Ender, Exter, Filonov, Gabo, Gavris, Goncharova, Kandinsky, Kliun, Klucis, Kudryashov, Larionov, Lebedev, Lentulov, Lissitzky, Mashkov, Malevich, Mansurov, Matiushin, Medunetsky, Mienkov, Morgunov, Pevsner, Popova, Puni, Rodchenko, Rozanova, Shevchenko Stenberg, Stepanova, Sterenberg, Strzeminski, Suetin, Tatlin, Udaltsova, Yakulov…. The list is impressive and in order to be able to offer such a program, the exhibition curator Jean-Louis Prat, former honorary director of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence, had to secure these works on loan from major Russian institutions such as the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Pushkin Museum and the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow, and also from some of the most famous European museums such as the George Pompidou Center in Paris.

As Prat himself says, “What makes [the exhibition] original is the presence of all the artists who lived through that dense and tragic epoch and the sensation of living, unceasingly, thanks to them, in discovery. They are all opposed and opposable. The title of the exhibition underlines the confrontation between two major artists of the 20th century: Chagall and Malevich. They lived during the same period, each with rich and contradictory styles. Tolerance is present in that unending “opening up” that is what all artists offer.”

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He continues “The exhibition will cover 25 years of creation, from 1905 to 1930. I chose 1905 with the idea that with the first revolt by the St. Petersburg population, everything violently changed sides. The Empire was approaching its end, and the artists had already felt for many years that need to say things differently. I end the exhibition in 1930, the year of Mayakovsky’s suicide, the poet of all the avant-garde.”

A bilingual catalogue, richly illustrated and comprised of essays by specialists on avant-garde art has also been published for this unmissable event, which runs every day until the 6th of September from 10 am to 8 pm (10 pm on Thursdays) at the Grimaldi Forum. Admission is €10 (concessions available).

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CONTACT DETAILS
Grimaldi Forum
10, avenue Princesse Grâce
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

All images via Grimaldi Forum website

DESMOND TUTU AND HIS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT HONOURED IN MONACO

Cet article a été publié dans Riviera Buzz en 2014 (this article was published in Riviera Buzz in 2014)

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Truly a legend in his own time, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was recently in Monaco as part of the 54th Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo.

Like every year, the Monaco TV festival has been flooded with glitz and glamour since it opened last Saturday, with an array of stars of the small screen walking the red carpet to the delight of screaming fans.

Regardless of who wins one of the coveted Golden Nymph awards on Wednesday, the big star of the 2014 edition is definitely archbishop and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize LaureateDesmond Tutu who, alongside H.S.H Prince Albert II, attended the world premiere of the documentary made about his life, Children of the Light, on Sunday night last.

Narrated by the great man’s own daughter, Naomi Tutu, the film not only shows the crucial role played by the archbishop first in the fight against apartheid and then in his country’s reconciliation process, it also takes us around the globe – South Africa, Burma, East Timor, India and Peru – to see the work of five young activists who have been inspired by the example of Tutu.

I am humbled that my life and my work can be the inspiration even one person needs to commit to making a meaningful act,” said Tutu. “As one human family, we need to create change every single day because it is each one of our small acts, added together, that truly will have the power to change the world.”

This feature-length documentary film is part of a series about Nobel Peace prize winners – the first one is aboutRigoberta Menchú-Tum of Guatemala was released in May 2012 while the next one about the Dalai Lama of Tibetis expected in December 2015 – and is produced by PeaceJam Foundation, an organization which has been promoting the involvement of young people in their communities to make the world a better place through the mentorship of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates for the last eighteen years.

On the 29th of May, it launched its One Billion Acts of Peace campaign to tackle the most important problems facing our planet and earlier on Sunday, it also held its very first PeaceJam Youth Conference in Monte-Carlo.

Lead image © Kristen Opalinski on Wikimedia Commons; licenced under CC BY-SA 3.0 licence

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