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Elodie Biancheri

Elodie Biancheri

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:48

MASC Thomas Schütte. Houses

Monday, 25 June 2012 17:37

Thomas Schütte. Houses

Selection of works shown

Exhibition views 

Commissaires : Andrea Bellini et Dieter Schwarz
Une coproduction avec le Castello di Rivoli, Turin

Drawing on post-war architecture in Germany and transforming the language of public architecture, Thomas Schütte changes his view of our age and places architectural models on table-stands, raising them to the rank of monuments to our civilization. As architectural metaphors, they constitute an allegory of his view of the world.

Through his “diary of the world” under the form of architectural models Schütte plays and bitterly comments on contemporary society and on the mechanisms that make it work both politically and culturally.

Museum as crematory oven, modernism interpreted as a form of terrorism, menacing temples and Houses for one person – simultaneously retreat and prison.

In the past years some of the models have been turned into real buildings, thanks to the interest of private persons which use them as spaces for living.
A portfolio of 27 prints documenting more than 30 years of the artist's work on public architecture accompanies the visit of the exhibition which will pass along the models of the One Man Houses, a film on the construction of the Ferienhaus in Austria and finally new projects never shown before like the monumental Sculpture Hall which will host Schütte’s private collection of his own works

Two catalogues, Houses and Frauen, with critical essays by the two curators, Andrea Bellini and Dieter Schwarz, are published by Richter & Fey and the NMNM on the occasion of the exhibitions. Houses will be available in September 2012.

To go further : Thomas Schütte. Frauen on Castello di Rivoli's website
And click here to see a video presentation of the exhibition in Rivoli.

To go further : Thomas Schütte. Faces & Figures on Serpentine Gallery, London, website
Friday, 15 June 2012 15:14

MASC Looking up on aura tout vu

MASC (Museum Art Summer Club) - Looking Up... on aura tout vu

Villa Sauber, 17 av. Princesse Grace, July 4 to 8 or July 11 to 15, 2011
Children's workshop

7 to 11 year old children will visit the exhibition Looking Up on aura tout vu and will participate in a workshop associating writing, drawing, painting, sculpting and sewing on the theme "create your imaginary character"

Monday, 11 June 2012 18:50

Zimbabwe Pavillion

Seeking to cooperate in a meaningful initiative, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) was approached by Raphael Chikukwa, Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ), who informed the curatorial team of his project of Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (from 1st June to 27 November 2011).

Through the works of the four artists selected – Berry Bickle (video), Calvin Dondo (photography), Mischeck Masamvu (painter) and Tapfuma Gutsa (sculptor) – this Pavilion aimed to restore the visibility of a country with a dynamic artistic scene and institutions, a country that wanted to resume dialogue with the rest of the world. The questions raised by this project far exceed the Zimbabwean national context and address issues relating to the entire African continent.

This pavilion was borne by a public cultural institution, whose mission of disseminating knowledge and discovery is in many ways comparable to that of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. This partnership offered a unique opportunity for the Principality of Monaco to be present at the 54th Venice Biennale in a way that differs from the “classic” model of national pavilion. The NMNM supported this project as part of a coalition of international partners alongside the British Council, l’Institut Français and the European Union.

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 18:13

Kees Van Dongen, L'Atelier

Exhibition views :

The presentation of Van Dongen’s works proposed today on the ground floor of Villa Sauber reflects the NMNM’s desire to make their collections better known, beyond an exhibition policy.

The NMNM regularly displays pieces from collections it inherited from the former Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Monaco, 1935-1958), the Société des Bains de Mer’s permanent collection of stage costumes and models for stage sets and the Galéa Collection. The Museum is also pursuing a policy for the acquisition of historical and contemporary artworks on the basis of this heritage.

The masterpieces by Van Dongen, who lived in Monaco from 1949 until his death in 1968, were acquired from his family by the Principality from 2004 and 2008. These are works the artist kept with him at all times and which travelled with him during his wanderings, from studio to studio, proof of the attachment he felt for them.

Kees Van Dongen, l’atelier does not have the ambition of the major retrospectives organised in recent years, but aims rather at providing a more private picture, placing the works in the context of their creation in the artist’s world, from Montmartre to Montparnasse.

From La Chimère-Pie, a masterly early work made in the family malt factory in the suburbs of Rotterdam, to the Fauvist period whose exacerbated colours and touch of scandal he retained, to the portaitist of Parisian high-society and a certain avant-garde, and even his later works, Kees Van Dongen went through movements without relinquishing his superb irony and somewhat cynical humour. Paintings removed from Salons by the police, caustic criticism, aggressive reactions (as attested by the knife marks still visible on L’Enlèvement): Van Dongen left no one indifferent!

The photographs of studios offer a view of the evolution of works the painter was often tempted to take up again, retouch and transform, in stride with the evolution of his temperament. Some of the dates on the cartels provide chronological markers for their creation; thus, Le Tango or Le Tango de l’archange was painted between 1923 and 1935.

This collection, which must obviously be completed to offer a genuine reference itinerary, remains fundamental nonetheless in helping us browse through his work, and was shown in the latest major exhibitions organised in Monaco, Montreal, Barcelona, Rotterdam and Paris in the past four years.
Friday, 18 May 2012 16:08

Princess Grace : More than an Image

Exhibition Views

Presentation of the Capsule Collection, Paris, March 2013


Princess Grace: More than an Image is the next stage in a long term collaboration between Pringle of Scotland and the internationally renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art And Design Fashion Courses.

Thanks to the help of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the BA Fashion Course History & Theory students carried out extensive research into the wardrobe of Princess Grace of Monaco through accessing archives of personal contacts of the Palace, as well as Institutions in the Principality including the Prince's Palace Archives and Library, the Archives Audiovisuelles de Monaco, the Bibliothèque Municipale Louis Notari, and the Garden Club of Monaco.

The research focused on Princess Grace's daily wardrobe, particularly knitwear and Pringle of Scotland archive styles, and how this was essential to her personal interests and passions. The findings will be debuted in an Exhibition hosted by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco- an intimate study capturing her style in the most relaxed and familial situations. The second stage of the project, launched in March 2013 in Paris during Fashion Week, sees Pringle of Scotland and the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Design students take aesthetic elements from the exhibition and translate them into a knitwear capsule collection.

The title Princess Grace: More than an Image derives from a quote that the Princess gave to Time Magazine in 1955, whilst still the film actress Grace Kelly, "I don't want to dress up a picture with just my face". This sense of exploring the person behind the image is evident throughout the project and the archive discoveries exhibited.

Pringle of Scotland is the iconic brand founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear industry. From the beginning technical innovation has led to the creation of knitwear as outerwear, the signature argyle pattern and the classic twinset.
Friday, 18 May 2012 16:01

Mark Dion - Oceanomania


Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas, from the expedition to the aquarium
A project by Mark Dion

April 12 - September 30, 2011

NMNM-Villa Paloma and Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Exhibition views 

Chance and curiosity encourage meetings; walking past a shop window, an acquaintance in common, these are triggers for a collaboration...

When, somewhat haphazardly, Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco,walked into the on aura tout vu boutique-cum-studio in Paris, she discovered a world, two unusual personalities—those of Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov—but above all nothing less than a passion for fashion, accessories, and how to present things.

At the same time the Museum team drew up a cultural project, "Training for a Museum", whose goal, inter alia, is to protect, develop and spread the word about a national heritage that is as little known about as it is varied. The collection of dolls and robots, donated by Madeleine de Galéa - a close friend of Ambroise Vollard, and a passionate collector—is part of it, but its presentation raises both scenographic and museographic issues which are quite different from pictures and sculptures.

These accessories for interiors, because this is indeed what it is all about, call for a special set-up, made possible by the exuberant imagination of the on aura tout vu twosome who devised the exhibition down to the tiniest detail.

on aura tout vu breathes new life into the NMNM collections by comparing two visions of fashion, that of 19th century dolls, and their own!

With their magic wand, they turn the Villa Sauber into a circuit of discoveries and surprises, plunging visitors into an amazing and festive world, where the boundaries of reality are jostled. The Haute Couture costumes expand the refinement of this miniature world, while hybrid beings spring from their extravagant imagination.

From Second Empire society gatherings to contemporary night clubbing, from astonishing black furniture to the universal magic of whiteness, from the dinner jacket to the bridal gown, ... the show offers a playful exploration of the world's customs.

Presenting scenes from the daily round, be it real or dreamed, on aura tout vu mixes codes and modes with great gusto. An invitation to travel in time and space with curiosity, wonderment and fantasy acting as your guides.

This new cooperative project at the NMNM is the second part of the exhibition format "Looking up™ ", devised by the NMNM and ushered in with the artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, proposing a veritable dialogue between works making up Monaco's heritage and contemporary art.

For more information on high fashion house on aura tout vu click here

Monday, 14 May 2012 21:01

Looking up... Yinka Shonibare, MBE

Exhibition views


Models, sculptures, photographs and videos: the works of Yinka Shonibare, MBE, are an Ariadne's thread inviting the visitor to discover collections that belong to the artistic history of the Principality but have never or rarely been shown. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco's Art and Performance collections will be regularly reinterpreted in the Looking up...™ series.
In his work, Yinka Shonibare, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), an Anglo- Nigerian artist who lives in London and was born there in 1962, unites different worlds in a single space whilst drawing on the multiculturalism that constitutes our world today. His reflections on identity and memory mix together his two home cultures in a highly original aesthetic way. Bringing Dutch wax into a Victorian world and using it to dress the middle classes that he represents with headless mannequins proves to be an artistic gesture that made him instantly recognisable.

A retrospective of Yinka Shonibare’s work has just been shown at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, followed by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, and his Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle project was inaugurated in Trafalgar Square in London on May 24, 2010.

Monte-Carlo has been and is still a particularly vibrant artistic hub for stage and performing arts. The public encounters the Visconti “maquettothèque” (set-design models collection) of the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Bosio brothers’ sculptures and engravings, Eugène Frey’s fabulous luminous decors, the Marquis du Périer du Mouriez’s strange collection of transparent paintings, plus the religious boxes from the de Galéa Collection and many other artificialia from the storage collection that evoke the cabinets of curiosities of the 17th and 18th centuries, the ancestors of European museums.

A costume conservation workshop will run throughout the exhibition, providing an opportunity for the public to explore previously hidden elements of the collection as they are being restored.

Commissaire de l’exposition :

Nathalie Rosticher Giordano, Conservateur en Chef (NMNM)

Commissaire adjoint :

Béatrice Blanchy, Conservateur des collections Art et Tradition (NMNM)

Lumière :

Dominique Drillot

Designer muséographique :

Adrien Rovero
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