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Villa Paloma

Villa Paloma (31)

Sunday, 18 March 2012 19:55

3 exhibitions + 1 Film

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The knowledge, study, conservation, diffusion and enrichment of the cultural heritage are a National Museum's fundamental missions. The question of the cultural heritage becomes all the more crucial because it is one of the pillars of the notion of sustainable development, theme chosen for the 2011 edition of the Journée du Patrimoine in Monaco.

The collections of a Museum grow not only thanks to acquisitions but also to gifts, loans and deposits of generous patrons. Villa Paloma's Fall Programme therefore shows how cultural heritage is formed through three exhibitions and a film.

The patrons' action can also be reflected in the support given to projects destined to the public, such as the new space on the ground floor of Villa Paloma – "La Table des Matières" – imagined by designer Jonathan Olivares as a multi-purpose and progressive place, stimulating curiosity and reflection. This exhibition offers a general view of this space which will be inaugurated in January 2012.

The first and second floors welcome the collection of the earliest vintage prints of the Principality of Monaco put together by Christian Burle, recently acquired by the Prince's Palace and put at the NMNM's disposal for this show by H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince to be shown to the public for the first time.

The second floor's videoroom presents Javier Téllez's film Letter on the blind, For the use of those who see, 2007 which entered the NMNM's collection thanks to the government's support and – until 2009 – to a budget specifically dedicated to acquisitions.

The third floor, dedicated to H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover with portraits by great contemporary artists – Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Newton, Francesco Vezzoli, Andy Warhol and Robert Wilson – tells Her privileged relationship with artistic creation and emphasizes Her generosity since most of these works have been given to the NMNM.


Sunday, 18 March 2012 19:49

Thomas Demand - La Carte d'après Nature

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Publication coedited by the NMNM and MACK Books

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco entrusts German artist Thomas Demand with a role of guest curator for the opening exhibition of Villa Paloma.

"Monaco! Surrealism! Nature? There's not much nature to be seen, even though the whole country of Monaco sits on a rough rock riddled by caves that were inhabited by homini grimaldi even before anyone painted animals on the walls in Lascaux. There are traffic islands, well-tended hydrocultures, and small parks, but there is nothing here that could cater to my inborn Teutonic yearning for the wild. However, there is a lifestyle that would have appealed to the Surrealists (and, in fact, did): fabulous botanical gardens, which provided the basis for the image for the show's invitation card, and, next to the Villa Paloma, an almost vacant anthropological museum that gave us the showcase for Chris Garofalo's porcelain models. So, I thought to myself, if there is any talk of nature here, it has to be of domesticated nature - that is, potted plants, gardens, theme parks and models of wild growth. Transformations, every kind of presentation, interpretation and, finally, symbolic representation." Extract from Thomas Demand's text in the publication of the exhibition.

The concept of the exhibition refers to Magritte's short-lived magazine, La Carte d'après Nature. From 1952 on, and for only fourteen issues, he encompasses poetry,illustrations, short stories and other contributions, and sends them out as postcards.In a similar way, the artist Thomas Demand has selected artworks for the exhibitionwhich are interconnected in a poetic, associative and elegant manner from artistswho all have their lines of thinking about Nature and her representations.Two ideas dictated the combination of the works by the selected artists: forms of atamed nature and the abrupt dialect of Surrealism fashioned by Magritte, which subsequentlybecame a source of inspiration. Just as Magritte himself always relatedworks to virulent ideas of diverse origins, works of a wider generational span havebeen included in Demand's selection which includes amongst others Kudjoe Affutu,Saâdane Afif, Becky Beasley, Martin Boyce, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, ChrisGarofalo, Luigi Ghirri, Rodney Graham, Henrik Håkansson, Anne Holtrop,August Kotzsch, René Magritte, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jan and Joël Martel and Ger VanElk.

This exhibition is organized with the support of the René Magritte Foundation - Brussels.

* La carte d'après Nature, based on an original concept by René Magritte (1952) ©Charly Herscovici - Bruxelles.

Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:55

LE SILENCE Une fiction

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The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco presents its latest exhibition, LE SILENCE Une fiction which will be held at Villa Paloma, NMNM. The work of 25 artists will invite the visitor, via a fictional approach, to reconsider the trace that our civilisation will leave behind. The curator, Simone Menegoi, states that this exhibition offers a "fantastic account, a form of narrative décor which tells the story of a planet that has become uninhabitable for reasons unknown..."

From 2nd February until 3rd April 2012, LE SILENCE Une fiction will gather a corpus of contemporary works, ranging from Arman's Accumulations to Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs, which present the visitor with a world that is both strange and familiar. The effect is one of a reversal of history; as if the works displayed, artefacts of our contemporary era, were being observed through the eyes of an archaeologist or anthropologist from the future.

Part scientific experiment, part fictional narrative, the exhibition invites the visitor to use his imagination and depict a story. A substantial part of the exhibition consists of photographs and videos set against each other within the traditional landscape genre, yet seen from a particular perspective: the aesthetics of the contemporary Sublime, drawing on the spectacle of environmental disasters and economic collapse. Another prominent group of works is comprised of sculptures and assemblages from artists, active since the 1960's, who use every day and waste material to create. Work by American artist Michael E. Smith, whose sculptures are made from waste collected in his home town, the urban desert of Detroit, completes the exhibition as 'fossils' of our consumer society.

With this exhibition, the NMNM continues its tradition of supporting exploratory missions, a project heartily endorsed by the Principality. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco thereby supported Adrien Missika's expedition across the Karakum desert to Darvaza, in Turkmenistan. A work entitled Darvaza, created especially for this exhibition, is projected into the narrative journey. In the same vein, the museum also enabled the curators Simone Menegoi and Cristiano Raimondi, along with art critic Chris Sharp, to explore the American town of Detroit. During this trip they met the artist Michael E. Smith and found inspiration for this exhibition.

LE SILENCE Une fiction at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is curated by Simone Menegoi and co-curated by Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM). A short story by Chris Sharp, accompanies the fictional drive of the exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of around 250 pages from the NMNM, edited by Mack Books and distributed worldwide. This bilingual publication includes critical texts (one of them written by Marc Augé) and Chris Sharp's novella.

During the opening of the exhibition, Italian artist Linda Fregni Nagler gave a performance : Things that Death Cannot Destroy(Part 5 – The Silence), 2012

List of Artists

Dove Allouche
Vladimir Arkhipov
Bartolomeo Bimbi
Maurice Blaussyld
Michel Blazy
Karl Blossfeldt
Peter Buggenhout
Carlos Casas
Romeo Castellucci
Lourdes Castro
Tony Cragg
Daniel Gustav Cramer
Geert Goiris
Jochen Lempert
Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
Adrien Missika
Linda Fregni Nagler
Walter Pichler
Rudolf Polanszky
Pierre Savatier
Erin Shirreff
Michael E. Smith
Daniel Spoerri
Hiroshi Sugimoto

Curators' biographies

Born in 1970, Simone Menegoi is an art critic and museum curator. He writes for Kaleidoscope magazine and artforum.com. He has been an independent curator since 2005. In 2008, he was curator at the artistic centre La Galérie (Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris). Notable recent and forthcoming projects include Scavi at the Cultural Centre, Français de Milan in 2010, and Bouvard and Pécuchet's Compendious Quest for Beauty at the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, which he will co-curate with Chris Sharp in April 2012.

Born in 1978, Cristiano Raimondi is the Head of Development at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. Since the opening of Villa Paloma in 2010, he has co-curated the exhibitions La Carte d'après Nature with Thomas Demand and Oceanomania with Mark Dion. He is also responsible for the creation of the Friends of the NMNM Association grant which enables artists and curators to carry out "exploration" expeditions, such as the one conducted for the exhibition LE SILENCE Une fiction.


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