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

 

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 

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

JOËL ROBUCHON’S NEW VENTURE A CHOCOHOLIC’S DREAM

Un vrai paradis pour les gourmands à Monaco. A real paradise for the gourmands in Monaco.

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It is a dream come true for the region’s chocolate lovers … a place that literally looks like the Willy Wonka factory, right in the heart of Monaco.

Located in the lobby of the luxurious Hôtel Metropole, French Chef Joël Robuchon’s Chocolate Bar has been delighting local customers with dark gold in all its forms and in many variations since mid-November. With the festive season just around the corner, no doubt that many more gourmands are going to let themselves be tempted by this decadent experience.

This bar is a big first for the French culinary master, who counts more Michelin stars than any other chef, and operates over a dozen restaurants around the world, from Bangkok and Hong Kong to Las Vegas, London and Paris. With little fat and lots of inventiveness, Robuchon is known for creating big flavours that always surprise his clientele on all occasions.

Just want to have a drink with a friend? Why not try the Tiramisu cocktail, which blends Cocoa liquor, Kahlúa, vanilla syrup, Grey Goose Vodka and liquid vanilla cream, or the non-alcoholic Metropole Choc, a mixture of Valrhona Grand Celaya frappé, cotton candy syrup and marshmallow. In addition to the hot chocolates, various teas are available like The Poire Belle Hélène tea (Black tea with a mix of blue tea Wuolong, pear, almonds, cocoa nibs and roasted bean shells), or the Chez Mamie tea (a blend of black and green tea with cocoa, cinnamon, almond and orange). And of course, for those with a sweet tooth, the menu also includes plenty of delicious desserts, all made with superb cocoa beans from South American and Africa.

As the chef himself points out, chocolate is very good for cardiovascular problems and helps fight stress, tension, and depression. So, what are you waiting for?

The Chocolate Bar is open daily from 3pm to 6pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Chocolate Bar
Hôtel Metropole
4 Avenue de la Madone
98000 Monaco

 

All images courtesy Hôtel Metropole

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

ALL THAT GLITTERS: THIRTY-NINE IS MONACO’S FIRST LIFESTYLE CLUB

Toujours quelque chose de nouveau à Monaco! Always something new in Monaco!

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One of the newest additions to Monégasque nightlife, Thirty-Nine, offers its clientele something quite exceptional, but it does come at a price.

When it comes to luxury accommodations, the Principality of Monaco knows no shortage of glamourous locations, but somehow it has long been missing a private members club similar to the ones that exist in the United Kingdom. With the opening of Thirty-Nine last September, this void has now been filled.

Conceived by ex-rugby player and local resident Ross Beattie, and meticulously designed by the renowned Morpheus London, the elegant space offers all the best in health, beauty, food, and lifestyle over four floors, creating a real social hub “where people can get to know like-minded people”.

Sports fans now have access to an 800m2 state-of-the-art fitness suite that includes altitude training, group cycling, and Pilates studio, and can benefit from individually tailored training programmes.

 

The spa and beauty salon provides high-end personalised care assessments and treatments, thanks to highly skilled hairdressers, doctors, and biologists. For those who want to work in peace, a conference suite is also available, while those who just need to chill out can enjoy the cigar terrace or have a delicious meal prepared by chef Gualterio Marchesi, founder of modern Italian cuisine. And if that was not enough, the beautiful crafted decor, such as the custom-build chandelier above the reception area, pays tribute to the timeless glamour of the French Riviera.

As Beattie himself explains, “you should be able to achieve from the club what you want to achieve. If that’s becoming the healthiest person in the world, looking a certain way, improving times or scores of whatever discipline you’re in, we can do that. But if you just want to relax, socialize and have a meeting somewhere, then you can do that as well”.

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Of course, all this does come at a price. For a mere €4,900 per year, you will be able to enjoy this “home away from home” that looks after both the body and the mind of its members.

CONTACT DETAILS
Thirty-Nine
39, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Enquiries – info[at]39montecarlo.com

All photos courtesy Thirty-Nine

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER MARCO GLAVIANO THE TOAST OF MONACO

Belle expo photo actuellement en cours à Monaco. Beautiful photo exhibit currently under way in Monaco.

Renowned fashion photographer Marco Glaviano is the subject of an exhibition currently underway in the Principality.

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He has photographed some of the world’s most famous supermodels of the roaring 80’s, such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer and Paulina Porizkova. His work has been published in some of the most important fashion magazines around the globe, such as Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and American Vogue. He has also shot glamourous campaigns for the likes of Gorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Revlon, l’Oréal and Valentino, as well as founding Pier 59 in New York, still recognized today as the most well-known studio in the world.

Now after 50 years producing stunning fashion images, iconic photographer Marco Glaviano is being celebrated by the Principality of Monaco with an exhibition co-produced by Space SBH Contemporary Art Gallery and Muse Cultural Consulting, that runs until the 2nd of October at the Monaco Modern Art gallery.

The Sicilian-born artist started out his career by taking shots of jazz musicians, but quickly turned his attention towards the fashion world to become one of the most sought after photographers in the industry, thanks to his mostly black and white pictures which oozed with sensuality and femininity.

His impressive portfolio includes many nude images of beautiful women captured in extraordinary landscapes, portraits of jazz icons, as well as many shots taken in St. Barth. Most of them are on display at the exhibition, but what makes it particularly special is that two new limited collections are also presented. The first one contains 12 pieces that reproduce the famous Cindy Crawford kiss in all the different pop art colours, while the second one is comprised of 12 pieces representing the most famous top models Glaviano has worked with during his extensive career.

When looking at those pictures, it is easy to understand why the Italian artist’s work is highly collectable and found in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections.

The Marco Glaviano exhibition at the Monaco Modern Art gallery runs until the 2nd of October 2016. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Monaco Modern Art Gallery
27, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: + 377 92 16 71 17

 

All images courtesy Monaco Modern Art gallery; Supermodels photo – Cindy Crawford St Barth, 1991, Paulina Porizkova New York, 1982, Olga Serova St Barth, 2006

DIVINE MUSICAL SISTER ACT IS COMING TO MONACO

La comédie musicale Sister Act arrive à Monaco! The Sister Act musical is coming to Monaco!

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Hallelujah! The musical Sister Act is finally making its way to Monaco this summer, and promises to answer the prayers of local music fans.

Based on the mega-hit 1992 film of the same name that starred Whoopi Goldberg,Sister Act follows club singer, Deloris Van Cartier, who, after witnessing a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend, is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found … a convent. There, disguised as a nurse, she first finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle imposed by the uptight Mother Superior, but after taking over direction of the choir, she soon discovers a sisterhood she never had before.

The action may no longer be set in 1990’s Reno, now taking place in the Philadelphia of the 1970’s, but it hasn’t lost any of the ingredients that made the movie such a success in the first place. On the contrary, with its mixture of motown beats, soul, funk and, of course, disco, it acquires a brand new and more extravagant identity that should get the audience jumping to their feet, even though the stage version features none of the numbers featured in the film.

Created in 2006, the show was first performed in California and the southern United States, before moving to London in 2009 with a cast that included Goldberg herself. With a book written by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, lyrics by Glen Slater and music by Alan Menken, the musical was a huge hit and has since been performed in many theatres around the world.

For this new production, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, under the musical supervision of Sarah Travis, it will star Alexandra Burke, winner of the X Factor UK, who, just a few months ago reprised, to much critical acclaim, the role of the great Whitney Houston in the onstage version of The Bodyguard.

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Sister Act the Musical plays at the Salle Garnier in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo from the 16th to the 20th of August at 8:30pm. Tickets cost €70 and may be reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
(Salle Garnier)
Place du Casino
MC 98000 Monaco

All images courtesy Sister Act The Musical

DUANE HANSON AT VILLA PALOMA – A SLICE OF MIDDLE AMERICA

Un goût d’Amérique profonde cet été à Monaco avec l’expo Duane Hanson. A taste of Middle America this summer in Monaco with the Duane Hanson exhibit.

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Throughout the summer and running until 28th August, the Villa Paloma in Monaco presents the work of the late American sculptor, Duane Hanson.

Duane Hanson was an artist who, throughout his 40-year career, insisted on showing the other side of the American dream, thanks to his hyper-realistic representations of working-class citizens, warts and all.

I want to achieve a certain tough realism which speaks of the fascinating idiosyncrasies of our times”, Hanson once said. The work he left behind certainly does that, creating powerful vignettes of real life.

The artist has always been fascinated with ordinary people, many of whom he believed had been marginalized by society. Born in Alexandria in rural Minnesota in 1925, Hanson lived in Germany from 1953 to 1960 where he worked as an art teacher for the U.S. Army school system. It was at that time that he started experimenting with polyester resin and fibreglass.

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Back in his native country, where he continued working as a professor in a variety of universities, he submitted a controversial piece entitled Abortion to the 1965 annual Sculptors of Florida exhibition, depicting a young pregnant girl on a table covered in a white linen sheet. While some of the artist’s early life-sized tableaux represented soldiers killed in action, police brutality and homeless people, this sculpture drew lots of criticism and shocked the public. This negative reaction did not stop Hanson from producing radical works and making strong political statements.  Repairmen, waitresses, bricklayers, security guards … the subjects of his sculptures confronted the viewers with largely untold stories, and while Hanson was inspired at first by the pop movement, his art actually grew out of a highly developed social conscience.

To give such a sense of realism to his work, Duane Hanson often used live models, including family and friends. The sculptures were then painted in great detail before being finished with hair, clothing and accessories.

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The Duane Hanson exhibit at the Villa Paloma runs until the 28th of August. Tickets costs €6 and opening hours are from 11am to 7pm daily.

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

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

All images courtesy Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; © NMNM/François Fernandez