By Randy Gener

Just the name Monte Carlo conjures visions of a glamorous bygone era. In modern Monte Carlo — the tax-free principality surrounded by France and the Maritime Alps — that glamour is not lost.

Along with European hideaways like Lake Como, Gstaad, and Ibiza, this cliffside Mediterranean port has been a timeless playground for the see-and-be-seen crowd for more than 150 years.

But amid all the hubbub, when you visit Monte Carlo, it’s still possible to while away the afternoon over a café crème, amble along the harbor among the yachts and experience the slow-paced, yet refined, Monégasque savoir-vivre.  More than 1.5 visitors travel to Monte Carlo each year for a taste of its sophisticated charm.

Let In the Culture of One World‘s Monte Carlo guide point you to its winningest attractions.

Source: Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York

Monaco pavilion “Mirroring the Future” astonishes crowds at the expo

Dissonanze in Accordo:  A Universal Message of Peace in Monaco

MONACO | This past March 2017, the Rondine Citadel of Peace association organized a conflict resolution meeting for young people.

At the Variety Theatre, the Rondine Citadel of Peace association held a meeting for young people from “enemy” countries — to try to resolve their conflict. This meeting is organized by the Rondine Citadel of Peace association under the patronage of the Ambassador of Monaco to Italy, H.E. Mr. Cristiano Gallo, and the Lions Club of Monaco.

Giuseppe Spinetta, Rondine’s Ambassador in the Principality of Monaco, with the help of Monegasque members of the Rondine Citadel of Peace association, also romoted the show “Dissonanze in Accordo - A Universal Message of Peace from the Principality of Monaco.” This initiative took place in the enchanting setting of the Variety Theatre in the Principality of Monaco on March 9.

The association has many members in the Principality. In fact, what was presented was a new version of the show “Dissonanze in Accordo” (which had already been presented in the Principality in 2012), supported by the Israeli singer Noa, who has been very involved in peace in the Middle East for many years.

The show was based on personal accounts; the protagonists were young students from all over the world whose countries are at war and who are living the experience of Rondine’s Citadel of Peace. They wished to send a universal message of peace from Monaco — a narrative leading to the overcoming of conflict, with a mixture of painful personal experience, pardon and hope.

The show featured “real” accounts that relate very personal experiences – stories of hate transmitted from generation to generation; young people who refuse the label of “enemies” that history has assigned to them and have chosen to meet at Rondine to live, study and work together to build a future based on peace for their countries, transforming their so-called enemy into a person, sometimes perhaps even a friend, thus breaking down the cultural differences that enclose us in an invisible prison.

The narration of these accounts was accompanied by the Rondine Ensemble, an orchestra comprised of young Italian and international musicians. This show was an artistic transposition of Rondine’s message, and it told of the conflict resolution work that is being undertaken, day after day at the Citadel of Peace, situated in the old Tuscan city of Arezzo, on the banks of the Arno.

Rondine is, in fact, an international organization that has been working in cooperation for twenty years to promote and encourage dialogue for conflict resolution at all levels – personal conflict, political conflict, armed or international conflict. This work is aimed particularly at young people and promotes confrontation, dialogue and training at various levels to build peaceful relationships and concrete projects in the field, as well as promoting social change, thanks to the international network formed by the “pupils” of Rondine and international partners.



UPAW Monaco’s Live artistic performance

Urban Art artists from around the world will create works in the Principality of Monaco

PORT OF MONACO |  After traveling to Pompei, Brooklyn, London, Paris and Melbourne, the UPAW urban art performance is coming to the Principality on July 15 and 16 2017, on the Quai Albert I - Port of Monaco. The group will then go back to the road to exploring other international cities.

The pop-up UPAW artistic performance - or Urban Painting Around the World – has been touted by the Monaco Government Tourist Office as “the highlight of summer 2017 in Monaco.”  It is organized by WSM Events and the Wizart Agency, with the artistic collaboration of Willem Speerstra and supported by Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority.

Portrait of Mist from France

Each UPAW event takes a different artistic approach.  The theme chosen for Monaco is “Protecting the Oceans.”  The artists will depict their artistic world on the chosen theme in aid of a charitable association.

Nine artists - Alex Kuznetsov for Russia, Blancbec for Belgium, Etnik for Italy, Jazi for Switzerland, Johncrash Matos for the USA, Mr. Oneteas for Monaco, Mist for France, Sozyone for Spain and Stohead for Germany – will have a three-panel wall at their disposal.

These artists will therefore be able to create a large work as a triptych, or three smaller works. The paintings will be created with paints that are not harmful to people or nature. When the paintings are completed, they will all form an open-air pop-up museum. Afterwards, the Artcurial auction house will be responsible for presenting and selling the artists’ work.


The Principality of Monaco Exhibits at the Astana Expo 2017

The special exhibition opened in June when Monaco unveiled its Pavilion.

ASTANA, KHAZAKHSTAN | The Astana Expo 2017 Special Exhibition opened this past June 10 and will continue until September 10, September.

The expo exhibits various themes related to the responsible and efficient energy production for the near future and its relationship with the environment, with special emphasis to renewable energies.

These special exhibitions are held between two Universal Exhibitions.  They are an opportunity to show the public the best practices of each country, which exhibit on a specific theme. The theme this year is “The Energy of the Future.”

Architects unveil energy-themed pavilions at Astana

Monaco has a Pavilion there measuring 500 square meters (approx 5,382 sq. ft.), entitled “Reflecting the Future,” with a central installation comprised of mobile mirrors that reflect a metaphoric film on the relationship between Humans and his environment.

The 2,000 people who visited the Pavilion on the opening day were impressed by the mechanics of the 25-metric ton installation undulating in front of them. A virtual reality tour of Monaco is offered, using “Oculus” glasses.

A model of the future offshore urban extension is also on display, behind which films are projected on urban extension projects in Monaco since the 1960s, in addition to the current offshore urban extension project.

At the same time, light effects are projected onto the model, bringing it to life. The visit ends with the pavilion’s “Eco Lab,” with an interactive touch screen, on which visitors can highlight the Principality’s commitment and good practices with regard to the environment.

On the opening day, Monaco received a visit to its Pavilion by the official Spanish delegation, headed by His Majesty King Felipe VI.

“Share Me” | A Monegasque Start-Up!

This social network — an ongoing project focusing on sustainable shopping — puts consumer groups and producers in contact with each other, with no intermediaries.

MONACO | This start-up, named “Share Me,” was founded with the guiding principle of promoting the idea of “terroir” — meaning, the characteristics of the local region — and preserving its heritage.  It is supported by Michelin-starred chef Paolo Sari, who uses only organic products, and is a showcase for innovative technological ideas, combining a social network with online shopping.

“Share Me” is a turnkey tool for the users, who have a space where they can exchange ideas and advise others in the same geographical area. The aim can be summarized in three points:
  • To simplify and develop local, responsible consumption
  • To promote local shopping on line
  • To recreate the life of the neighborhood through social interaction (neighbors and associations helping each other).

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Views of Expo 2017 Future Energy in Khazakstan

The Expo 2017 gathers millions of visitors from all over the world, in a scenery of science fiction spread over an area of 25 hectares, with the participation of more than 100 countries and 6 international organizations. It will be the first time ever that a central-Asia country hosts an international exhibition.

Expo 2017 Astana - City of the Future

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill wins Kazakhstan Astana World Expo 2017 competition

The New National Museum of Monaco dazzles with two new exhibitions at Villa Sauber.

HECTOR OTTO, MONACO |From June 2, 2023 to January 7, 2018, the two new exhibitions at the New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) – Villa Sauber continue to reflect on the archives and the relationship with the past.  

Most notable, according to the Monaco Government Tourist Office, are exhibitons entitled “LAB - Behind the Scenes of Monaco Museum of Art” and “Hercule Florence.  The New Robinson.”

Burrowing into the meaning of time, two artists representing Monaco have both been working for ten or so years on a theme of their own, and they are now showing their work at the Villa Sauber. They are named Saâdane Afif and Kasper Akhøj.

The Fountain Archives
Saâdane Afif explores our relationship with works of art, including how they fit into society.  The famous sculpture Fountain by Marcel Duchamp is the starting point of his latest work.  Saâdane Afif has collected books in which the Fountain appears and has torn out the pages featuring photographs of this work and framed them.

The books whose pages have been (for a lack of a better word) “amputated” are then exhibited in sculpture libraries.  The final part of the exhibition presents stories articles relating to the work of the artist, forming an “archive in the archive.”

Welcome (To The Teknival)
Since 2009, Kasper Akhøj has been documenting the restoration work on the Villa E-1027, built in 1929 by the architect Eileen Gray in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Like a remake of the original photographs by Eileen Gray, Kasper Akhøj presents 59 photos, framed in a similar way to that chosen by the architect, creating a journey through the various strata of the history of this place.

These views of the villa, taken some 80 years after those by Eileen Gray, bear witness to the many changes in the house, which was conceived as a model of architecture, design and lifestyle.  This work by Kasper Akhøj thus raises many questions relating to the conservation and restoration of a heritage site that has been repeatedly vandalized.

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By Alphonse Mucha | from “Exotic Passions of the Belle Epoque”
By Claude Monet | from “Exotic Passions of the Belle Epoque”
By George Plank | From “Exotic Passions of the Belle Epoque”

“Exotic Passions of the Belle Epoque” Exhibition in Monaco

MONACO | Call it a spectacle of exotic excesses.

The exhibition “Exotic Passions of the Belle Epoque” gathers together major artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Klimt with fashion designers such as Paul Poiret and Jeanne Paquin, glassmakers Emile GallĂ© and RenĂ© Lalique, and the American impressionist painter William Merrit-Chaze (founder of the prestigious New York School of Applied Arts at the Parsons School).

The show also includes the costume designers Léon Baskt (costume designer for the Ballets Russes) and Erté (at the start of his career), as well as the illustrators Kay Nielson and Ronald Balfour.

Featuring 28 emblematic artists from Orientalism and Japan, the exhibition focuses on six main areas:  Classical, Symbolist and Impressionist Painters, fashion and advertising, arts and crafts, illustration, music and the world of spectacle.

Visitors are immersed in the creative dynamism of an era when art freed itself from the constraints of classism in an imaginative, joyful outpouring.

In effect, the exhibitions shows that classical painters, impressionists, symbolists, illustrators, sculptors, architects, musicians, choreographers, dancers, fashion designers — all were influenced by the new aesthetics coming from the East and the Far East to reinvent Western creation and lay the foundations of contemporary art, through trends such as Art Nouveau, Art & Craft and soon Art Deco.

The exhibition is on view at the Interview Room of the Novotel Monte-Carlo from 3 to 20 July 2023


Do you know about Villa Sauber?
A brief history of Villa Sauber and its gardens

Villa Sauber is one of the last Belle Epoque villas in Monaco. In the absence of indisputable documentation, we do not know the precise date of the Villa’s construction. However it is stated that at the beginning of the 1900’s it belonged to the Blanc family who played a fundamental part in the development of the Société des Bains de Mer and the Casino of Monte-Carlo.

At the time the waterfront area was called Quartier des Bas-Moulins and Larvotto beach did not yet exist. The newly acquired property extends down to the track that follows the shoreline. London painter Robert Hermann Sauber bought the Villa in 1904. Given its similarities with the Opera House built in the same period by the famous architect of the Belle Epoque Charles Garnier, many have been tempted to attribute it to him.

Robert Sauber set up his studio in the west wing of the villa. Robert Sauber and his wife Marie Ellis kept the house, from then on called Villa Sauber, for ten years.  The London Court Funds remained owners of the Villa for around fifteen years until 1952, when Miss Nora Mac Caw bought it. She sold Villa Sauber to the Société Immobilière de l’Avenue Princesse Grace in 1957.

Finally, in 1969, Monaco’s Société Immobilière Domaniale bought the property from that company. Since then the house and garden have remained the property of the Principality of Monaco.

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