#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on July 16 and 17

This weekend in Monaco can offer you various forms of art: from painting and sculpture to dance and music. And here are some suggestions for you.


Monaco Art Week returns this week and will offer a new artistic journey in the Principality.

The event is part of a dense cultural calendar during this period, benefiting from the dynamism of the artmonte-carlo fair, as well as the numerous summer exhibitions on the Côte d’Azur.

Monaco Art Week will be an opportunity to discover the various exhibitions organized by the participating galleries and auction houses.

From La Condamine to Larvotto, via Monte-Carlo, visitors will discover works by artists from different eras: masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance to Moretti Fine Arts Gallery; modern and contemporary masters, fine jewelry and luxury items for collectors, at Sotheby’s auction house; transgressive works by American artist Paul McCarthy, presented by Hauser & Wirth Gallery; modern sculptures, often monumental, installed outdoors for the Monaco Sculptures sale by Artcurial, in partnership with Monte-Carlo SBM; modern masters like Pablo Picasso and contemporary artists like Hilary Pecis and Shara Hughes, brought together in The Great Indoors exhibition presented by Christie’s auction house; design and abstract and figurative art of Bastien Gallery in the magnificent Monegasque villa of Lenzwerk Monaco; the sculptures of century-old olive trees by Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry, presented by the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi; paintings by outstanding masters and contemporary artists at Opera Gallery Monaco Masters Show; paintings from the Apocalypse collection by Franco-German artist Eric Massholder, and SmartVerum’s innovative project that combines the world of fine arts and digital art to Kamil Art Gallery; photographs of the French ecologist Yann Arthus-Bertrand at Bel’Art Fine Arts; recent works by English artist Adam Bricusse at G&M design; Analytical paintings by the Italian artist Paolo Masi, in NM Contemporary in collaboration with Frittelli arte contemporanea, Florence.

Reflecting on current trends, Museum Collection of Arts, CADAF, Magdalena M. Gabriel and MetaVRsewill host “The Web 3.0: Art Talks” – an insider’s look at collecting, curating and investing in digital art and NFTs, as well as an exhibition to remember the most intimate art of Josephine and Napoleon.

Summer Dance - Evening of 3 Choreographies

Summer Dance – Evening of 3 Choreographies are on stage at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

In the program : “Back on Track 61” by Jean-Christophe Maillot, “Claude Pascal” by Jirí Kylián and “Casi Casa” by Mats Ek, organized by the Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

The highlight of this edition of “L’Été Danse! this evening “3 Choreographers” offers the most relevant panel that current dance can offer. It also reflects the spirit that has animated Jean-Christophe Maillot since his appointment 30 years ago as Choreographer-Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo: inviting other choreographers to take advantage of the formidable tool represented by this company of 50 dancers. In this way, several have become faithful friends, such as Jirí Kylián and Mats Ek. The Ballets de Monte-Carlo are among the best performers in their repertoire to this day. The three choreographers whose work is performed during this evening share a commitment to the classical vocabulary that each masters in their own way, to bring it into line with a contemporary issue.

17th Monaco International Organ Festival

Classical music lovers will appreciate 17th Monaco International Organ Festival – “The titan’s organ”, based on a story by George Sand, read by Guillaume Gallienne, with improvisation on the organ by Naji Hakim is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Princess Grace Theater on Sunday July 17, 2022, at 5 p.m., in Monaco Cathedral.


There are several interesting new exhibits in Monaco. Christian Louboutin – The Exhibition[ist]revisited by curator Olivier Gabet, director of the Museum of Decorative Arts, will offer a whole new look after a previous exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris in 2020 from Saturday July 9 to Sunday August 28, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 10 p.m. at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

The scenography in preparation for Monaco will extend over 2,000 m² and will unveil new works linked to the creator’s Monegasque inspirations as well as new collaborations, including a unique project in development with British artist Allen Jones.

At the heart of the exhibition, the “Imaginary Museum” room will bring together pieces from Louboutin’s personal collection and historical and artistic works borrowed from public and private collections, including Monegasque museums. She will explore various themes in the designer’s work such as his love of dance and the legacy of the Ballets Russes, his passion for African and Asian art, the pop influence of Warhol, the photographic genius of Helmut Newton and his fascination with oceanography.

The exhibition will feature exclusive Louboutin collaborations such as the stained glass window created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a sculpted cabaret in Bhutan. Visitors will also discover the creator’s various projects with artists such as the photography of director David Lynch, the video work of Lisa Reihana, the leather sculptures of English designers Whitaker Malem, the choreography of Blanca Li, or even the work of the artist. artist Imran Qureshi, as well as an immersive space dedicated to the sculptor and painter Allen Jones created especially with him for this exhibition.

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Another exhibit is “Le Chat Déambule” by the Belgian artist Philippe Geluckorganized by the Department of Cultural Affairs from Tuesday July 5 to Sunday October 2, 2022, Esplanade du Larvotto.

Exhibition Christian Bérard, Eccentric Baby - Villa Paloma

Christian Berard, Quirky Babycontinues the NMNM’s exhibition program dedicated to the revolutionary aesthetic developed by Serge Diaghilev in Monte-Carlo. Heralding certain aspects of contemporary art, the transdisciplinarity of the founder of the Ballets Russes revolutionized the decorative arts in the 1910s and 20s and has had a lasting influence on visual and performance art to the present day.

Excursions - Whale Watching Monaco

Watch the whales and dolphins of Monaco, and share one of the most exclusive experiences on the French Riviera on Sunday July 10, 2022, Port de Monaco. Supervised by certified professionals, it is with the greatest respect for the environment that you will be invited to discover the large marine mammals of the PELAGOS sanctuary.


©Ilan Dehe – “The purpose of the journey”

The National Monuments Center welcomes you to Villa Kérylos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France at exhibition “Dreaming the Mediterranean”, by Antoine Pierini from May 8 to September 18, 2022.

Thousands of years old, glass craftsmanship came to us from antiquity. Today, countless glass objects make up our daily lives, while only a few reach the level that we would consider a work of art. Antoine Pierini, designer, glass artist and heir to a know-how passed down from father to son, evokes a journey across the sea and through time in an intimate epic that he specially created for Villa Kérylos.

Its colored glass amphorae, whole or fragmented, coexist in the heart of Villa Kérylos with those of Antiquity, covered with a hoary concretion and which bear witness to shipwrecks in a sea that has rested untamed for millennia.

In this sensitive odyssey of glass and color, Antoine Pierini delivers his emotions born of unique experiences and shared memories. Each work carries within it the richness of history, the strength of sensations, and is not only an invitation to travel in the Mediterranean, but also an invitation to dream about it.

Of course, other interesting events take place in Monaco. If you want to know more about them, visit our Calendar.

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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