Monaco Art Week, opus 2
#MONACO From the desire to unite Monegasque cultural actors, Monaco Art Week was born, a cultural circuit composed of gallery owners and auction houses that offers visitors rich and varied exhibitions, covering the different periods of art history. With a remarkable first edition, the 2nd edition of Monaco Art Week, which takes place from 24 to 28 April 2019, brings us to meet major cultural players from the region: the Artcurial, Wannenes Art Contact and Sotheby’s auction houses and the Galeries Bartoux, G&M Design, Galerie Grippaldi, Kamil Art Gallery, M.F. Toninelli Art Moderne, Monaco Modern’Art, Moretti Fine Art and NM>Contemporary. Nathalie Varley talks to us about this edition which will reinforce the position taken by Monaco Art Week.
Marlène Pegliasco: How would you assess the 1st edition? Would you like to give an annual meeting to amateurs and collectors?
Nathalie Varley: The first edition was a great success, it met its audience. The momentum has begun, in fact, the Monaco Art Week completes a particularly dynamic cultural offer: the Monte-Carlo Spring Festival of the Arts, the exhibitions of the New National Museum of Monaco, the new creation of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, many prestigious sales, the contemporary art and design exhibitions Artmonte-carlo, and this year the PAD. It is indeed, an annual meeting that is given to amateurs and collectors that launches Spring in the Principality!
M.P.: Why did you choose the city tour over the common salon model?
N.V.: The city tour allows you to discover the different districts of the Principality. For this second edition of Monaco Art Week, eleven galleries and auction houses, divided into ten locations, are joining forces to create a series of exhibitions and artistic events in their respective spaces or across the Principality. These cultural encounters make it possible to highlight and promote the artistic creation of the square.
M.P.: The association of galleries and auction houses is a real special feature. What strength does it bring?
N.V.: The association galleries-sales houses makes it possible to present the cultural offer that exists in the Principality. It shows the variety that exists in a very small area (2.5 km2). Indeed, the galleries installed in Monaco are specialists in ancient, modern and contemporary art. International, French or Italian auction houses are a perfect fit for this initiative. All the professionals who participate in Monaco Art Week work together to allow the public, alone or in groups, to apprehend and discover different periods in the history of art. The originality of the journey lies in the dialogue and resonance between different artistic genres over nearly five centuries, and the exhibitions in this edition demonstrate this once again.
M.P.: What are the highlights and expectations of this 2nd edition?
N.V.: The aim of Monaco Art Week is to introduce art lovers, collectors and insiders to the variety of artistic proposals in the Principality. The programme of this edition allows us to discover new spaces, such as the brand new Bartoux gallery, through a wide range of very different artistic periods. An original discovery of an ensemble dating from the Florentine Renaissance (Moretti Fine Art), Belle Epoque works (Wannenes-Art Contact), the beginning of New Realism with Arman (Grippaldi Gallery) or young Italian artists (Nm>contemporary). Through these various periods, emblematic figures will be highlighted: Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Iranian flagship artist, presented for the first time in the Principality (Kamil Art Gallery), David Bailey, figure of the 60s (G&M Design Gallery), Mario Schifano (M.F. Toninelli Art Moderne). Some personal exhibitions will open on broader issues, such as Philippe Pastor’s one oriented towards the environmental cause (Monaco Modern’Art) and will involve different media. Paintings, but also 20th and 21st century sculptures (Artcurial), African masks and design (highlight of Sotheby’s sales).
Monaco Art Week
From 24 to 28 April 2019
Shuttles available from 11am to 7pm
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