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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:57

Gilbert & George Art Exhibition

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June 14 - November 30, 2014
NMNM - Villa Paloma
56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique

Friday, 20 December 2013 10:43

Richard Artschwager !

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February 20 - May 11, 2014 - Villa Paloma
Retrospective exhibition of the American artist (1923-2013) organized by the Whitney Museum American Art in association with the Yale University Art Gallery.
The exhibition features over 135 works spanning six decades, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints

Monday, 30 September 2013 11:03

Promenades d'Amateurs

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Regard(s) sur une Collection Particulière

By Loïc Le Groumellec and Marie-Claude Beaud
NMNM - Villa Paloma
October 24, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Paloma presents Promenades d'Amateurs, Regard(s) sur une Collection Particulière, an exhibition by Loïc le Groumellec and Marie-Claude Beaud.

Promenades d’amateurs” is a meeting between a collector and an artist. A meeting informed by works: from advertising posters to the typography of books, ancient and modern alike, from the writings of Guillevic to Toroni’s paintings of brush imprints. A personal look – that of the artist Loïc Le Groumellec – at a private collection presenting, his own works and those of Chris Burden, Mark Francis, Gérard Gasiorowski, Peter Joseph, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Mangold, Joyce Pensato, Yves Peyré, Raymond Savignac, Niele Toroni, Bernard Villemot and Lawrence Weiner.

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Ed Ruscha, Drawings from the UBS Art Collection

Erik Bulatov is a central figure in contemporary Russian art. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is organizing a retrospective through a selection of paintings and drawings dating from 1966 to the present. 

Despite of a relatively small corpus of work, Bulatov managed to get round the constraints of official Soviet art by developing a very personal style.

His paintings are mostly iconoclastic assemblies in which image and language are linked. In landscapes, portraits, cityscapes he uses both the iconography of the Soviet regime as well as more traditional representations of nature as his inspiration. The choice of colours, geometric compositions and the use of images from films, art history or advertising define Bulatov’s visual language. The typography of the words and their meanings play a crucial role in the spatial composition of his paintings, ranging from a poem by Nekrasov to more mundane words on street signs.

The issues which interest the artist have led him to explore the vocabulary in both the Russian avant-garde and more academic painting of the nineteenth century. He looks at the way the picture space works as an interface between him, his message, and the viewer.

The exhibition will be held at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco at the Villa Paloma from 28 June to 29 September 2013. It will consist of thirty large paintings and 50 drawings. First shown in Europe in 1988 at the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Centre Pompidou, Bulatov has had numerous monographic exhibitions, at the Musée Maillol, Paris (1999), the Tretyakov-Gallery, Moscow (2003 and 2006) the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007) and MAMCO - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva (2009/2010). This is a new opportunity to see the work of Bulatov on the eve of his 80th birthday. 

Erik Bulatov was born in 1933 in Sverdlovsk, Russia. He lives and works in Paris.

After graduating from the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow in 1958, he began working as an illustrator of children's books in collaboration with Oleg Vassiliev. Despite the many constraints imposed by the Soviet regime, Bulatov only left Russia after the fall of the USSR.

His works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions dealing with Russian art of the twentieth century: OSTALGIA, New Museum, New York (2011) RUSSIA! Guggenheim Museums, New York (2005) and Bilbao (2006), Berlin-Moscow / Moscow-Berlin 1950-2000, Tretyakov-Gallery, Moscow (2003). He also participated in the 43rd Venice Biennale (1988) and the 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009).

The NMNM will as well explore links between Erik Bulatov and Ed Ruscha. To this end La Table des Matières on the ground floor of Villa Paloma will present a selection of drawings, from the UBS Art Collection, made by Ruscha between 1960 and 1970.


Monday, 26 November 2012 11:44


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Architecture, Urbanism and Urbanisation in Monaco, realisations and projects – 1858-2012
Curator : Nathalie Giordano-Rosticher, Curator in Chief NMNM
Design : Martino Gamper, Maki Suzuki / åbäke, London

MONACOPOLIS analyzes the density of a saturated territory, and explores its many different dimensions. It restores readability to what already exists and re-creates the different layers of an urban development that has proceeded uninterruptedly since the mid-19th century, thanks to a novel overlapping of archives and works little or never seen hitherto. In the absence of any Archives Nationales in Monaco, this exhibition restores to the public the documents and the sources which make it possible to write the history of the country’s architecture. Since a complete saturation of the territory, this latter has been wavering between three tendencies which tally with experimental trends producing projects involving “realistic utopias” : verticality (first additional height, then actual high-rise buildings), excavating the ground, and the creation of man-made lands.
Villa Sauber offers a circuit through the emblematic neighbourhood of Monte-Carlo. The exhibition draws on more than 600 historical plans mostly hailing from the Société des Bains de Mer, sheds light on the work of the architects involved – over and above the famous signature of Charles Garnier – and underscores the extraordinary capacity for renewal which hallmarks architectures associated with vacationing and holidays, all created and turned towards a versatile public with fluctuating desires. To take just this one example, between 1863 and 1910, no less than ten architects, including Henri Schmit, would follow in each other’s footsteps to enlarge, transform, embellish, rectify, unify and even plan the Casino-Opéra de Monte Carlo.
Villa Paloma explores, inter alia, Eugène Beaudoin’s urban development proposals of the 1940s, Le Corbusier’s mysterious sketch, and the idea mooted by a surprising stranger, Henry Bulgheroni. After the Second World War, in a context aligned with the European issue of reconstruction, Monaco also had above all to deal with the total saturation of its territory. There duly appeared for Monaco various new urban planning solutions, in a period replete with visionaries. Starting in the 1960s, we thus discover utopian proposals such as La Vénise Monegasque/Venice in Monaco, Yona Friedman’s transparent and suspended bridge-city, Archigram’s Features Monte-Carlo, a rejection of deliberately buried architecture but offering a masterly response to exaggeratedly multi-faceted specifications, Paul Maymont’s Thalassopolis, a city that could be extended ad infinitum over the water, Edouard Albert’s L’Ile artificielle and the Quartier Marin, designed together with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and Manfredi Nicoletti’s La Ville satellite and the Marinarium. More recently, Jean Nouvel came up with a Centre de l’homme et de la mer, and Emilio Ambasz devised Public Park and Residencies. Real urban development is reinstated in the exhibition thanks to a sizeable collection of illustrative material and filmed reports, emphasizing the ceaseless energy of the works begun in the 1960s, which have never been interrupted since.

It has taken Nathalie Rosticher Giordano two years to locate and process archives in Monaco’s institutional collections and administrative archives, in the private collections of architects, promoters and other interested parties, but also in Parisian institutions.

The exhibition extends beyond the museum walls, and the city thus assumes a new dimension, at once a place of memory, a place where people live, and a space of projections.

Villa Paloma
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique, 98000 Monaco
Until May 12, 2013

Villa Sauber
17, avenue Princesse Grace
Until January 5, 2014

Villa Sauber will be closed from June 3 to 16 for a partial renewal of the works shown MONACOPOLIS, integrating pieces from the long term deposit of the collections of Performing Arts made by the Société des Bains de Mer to the NMNM (Costumes, accessories and model set designs) on the occasion of the celebration of their 150th anniversary.

Monday, 25 June 2012 17:37

Thomas Schütte. Houses

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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, 18 May 2012 16:01

Mark Dion - Oceanomania

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Sélection d'oeuvres exposées

Vues d'exposition

Publication co-éditée par le NMNM et MACK Books

OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs des Mers Mystérieuses est le titre du nouveau projet de Mark Dion à Monaco. Continuant ses investigations en tant que naturaliste, archéologue et voyageur, l’artiste américain explore les collections du Musée océanographique de Monaco pour créer un cabinet de curiosités monumental, et plonge dans les collections du Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) pour présenter une intervention majeure ainsi qu’une sélection d’artistes à la Villa Paloma (l’un des deux espaces d’exposition du NMNM). OCEANOMANIA sera présentée du 12 avril au 30 septembre 2011.

Deux événements maritimes marquants et opposés forment le cadre conceptuel de ce projet. Il s’agit du Census of Marine Life (Recensement de la vie marine),récemment terminé (2010), et de l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon.

Le premier a rassemblé 2 700 scientifiques de 80 nations durant 10 ans pour observer et expliquer la diversité, la répartition et l’abondance de la vie dans les océans. Il en résulte l’identification de 6 000 nouvelles espèces, dont seulement 1 500 ont été décrites jusqu’à présent. Le Census of Marine Life a également mis en évidence le fait que les océans sont plus riches, plus connectés et plus touchés qu’on ne l’imaginait.

Le deuxième, l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon a provoqué l’écoulement de 4,9 millions de barils de pétrole brut dans la mer du Golfe du Mexique, produisant une zone de destruction de 210 km² et causant des dommages incommensurables à la vie marine. Les conséquences devraient encore être ressenties dans les décennies à venir.

Dans son projet, Dion examine notre perception de l’océan. Il interpelle notre sens de l’émerveillement face à sa grande diversité et notre mélancolie par rapport à sa destruction. Il s’interrogesur l’évolution de notre fascination pour la mer dans le temps et dans l’espace, le design, la littérature et l’art, et révèle ainsi comment l’étrange et le merveilleux ont continuellement inspiré la recherche et la création artistiques.

L’intervention de Mark Dion à la Villa Paloma rassemble les œuvres de 20 artistes. Elles offrent différentes manières d’appréhender la mer et l’océan. Ces œuvres examinent l’océan comme un territoire d’exploration et de découverte mais aussi comme un lieu où l’empreinte invisible et non règlementée de l’intervention humaine est présente et où l’extraordinaire vie aquatique et les ressources minérales sont souvent négligemment exploitées.

Cette exposition inclut la série monumentale Vingt mille lieues sous les mers de Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) et des œuvres de Matthew Barney, Ashley Bickerton, David Brooks, David Casini, Michel Camia, Peter Coffin, Marcel Dzama, Katharina Fritsch, Klara Hobza, Isola etNorzi, Pam Longobardi, Jean Painlevé, James Prosek, Man Ray, Alexis Rockman, Allan Sekula, Xaviera Simmons, Laurent Tixador et Abraham Poincheval et Rosemarie Trockel.

De plus, l’intervention in situ de Dion à la Villa Paloma comprend un ensemble éclectique d’œuvres d’art, liées à la mer, provenant des collections du NMNM. Cet ensemble présente des pièces de Lucio Fontana, J.M.W. Turner et Alphonse Visconti. Dans le cadre de cette investigation muséale, deux tableaux exceptionnels et rarement montrés de Claude Monet décrivant la baie de Monaco seront exposés pour la première fois depuis des décennies.

Au Musée océanographique de Monaco, une sélection très pointue d’œuvres de Mark Dion décrit son intérêt pour les océans depuis plus de 20 ans. A cette occasion, OCEANOMANIA permet également à Dion d’explorer les collections si particulières du Musée, dans lesquelles l’artiste puise pour créer un cabinet de curiosités spectaculaire.

L’un des plus grands jamais conçus, ce cabinet de curiosités du monde marin rassemble une grande variété d’objets de tailles et de formes différentes comme des petits fossiles, divers reliquats marins grandeur nature, des poissons naturalisés, un ours polaire, des objets d’art d’inspiration marine et de la documentation scientifique.

Cette pièce s’inspire des premiers Wunderkammen développés en Europe durant la Renaissance. Les Wunderkammen, ou chambres des merveilles, comprenaient la classification des espèces (taxonomie), des objets à caractère maritime et leur présentation méthodique. Ces collections systématiques de spécimens conduiront plus tard à la création d’aquariums et à la reconstitution de microcosmes idéalisés dédiés à l’étude et qui, à leur tour, produiront un émerveillement sans limites.

OCEANOMANIA est un parcours entre le NMNM et le Musée océanographique de Monaco lié par le thème de la quête de la connaissance scientifique, présentée comme un des idéaux du siècle des Lumières, quand le merveilleux et l’étrange se mêlaient à la poursuite de l’apprentissage. Cette exposition rend également hommage aux expéditions scientifiques du Prince Albert Ier de Monaco (1848-1922), pionnier de l’océanographie moderne et fondateur du Musée océanographique.

OCEANOMANIA est basée sur un concept de Mark Dion.

Co-commissariat par Sarina Basta et Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM) avec le conseil scientifique de Patrick Piguet (Musée océanographique de Monaco) et Nathalie Rosticher Giordano (NMNM).

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:17

Groupe Signe 1971 - 1974

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Groupe Signe 1971 - 1974, Street Art in a Museum ?

Groupe Signe is a group of artists created post-1968, led by the painters Claude Rosticher and Roland Marghieri and the photographers Michel Cresp and Pierre Lequien.

The group identifies itself by carrying out its interventions in public places, based on themes such as advertising or the creation of more poetic worlds.

Groupe Signe fits into a dual context. The first is national, for young artistic creation wants to break free of Parisian domination by proclaiming its provincial roots, and the group is part of a real awakening on the Côte d'Azur. The second is international, for the art of the times is undergoing a fundamental transformation: situation and attitude are becoming more important than the form and the work, favouring real life experience and relations to others and soliciting the participation of all."

Past collaborators in some of the Group's events: Jean-Claude Adam, Pierre Blanc, Stanislas Estrangin, Yvette Gournet, François Gross, Patricia Heine, Michel Isnard, Robert Lepine, Serge Macaferi, Yves Popet, Jacques Riousse, Gérard Serre, Vidéo Group 6
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.

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