Galleries galore

A collector’s item in Monaco colours

What could be more pleasant this summer than to stroll the streets at leisure, discovering works of art? The Principality’s numerous and welcoming galleries all celebrate art in a distinctive way.

Galerie Retelet: Modernes et contemporains

Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012, Untitled, 1980, 60×80 cm. Mixed media on cardboard.

Looking for key 20th century artists? Head for Retelet Gallery with its eclectic summer showing! Take a stimulating aesthetic trip from the surrealism of Paul Delvaux and Dali to the optical art of Vasarely and Frank Stella, with a detour through Klein’s famous blue and Antoni Tàpies’ materials. And at the two extremities of this fabulous journey: Renoir the great, and today’s Neo-Geo great, Peter Halley. Not to be missed.

7 boulevard des Moulins – Tel. +377 99 90 84 00

Kamil Art Gallery: Eric Massholder

Eric Massholder, View of COVID./ © Eric Massholder

This gallery makes refreshing, invigorating choices, and this summer it is presenting the works of Eric Massholder, whose illustrations of Van Gogh’s letters are held in the archives of museums such as the MAMAC in Nice and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. What’s so special about this artist? Simply this: his art refers back to historical figures, cult places and major literary texts, and creates bridges between them and great artists such as Dali and Picasso. From his German father he has undoubtedly inherited an expressionist side, from his French mother impressionism, and from his grandfather – a native of Florence, Italy – the Renaissance. His is a universe linking primitivism to surrealism, with strange and fascinating symbols.

3 avenue Princesse Grace – Tel. +377 92 16 00 10

Galerie Adriano Ribolzi: Ex Tempore

Ex Tempore, view of the exhibition. / © A. Comte

The gallery has become the arena of an audacious confrontation between four powerful artists. While Mario Schifano, considered one of the most eminent representatives of Italian postmodernism, deploys four exceptional 3m x 3m works, the great contemporary sculptor Pablo Atchugarry, with his strong ties to Italy, delicately presents his new marble and bronze works. It’s a duel in which two other artists also participate: Fabio Viale, an atypical sculptor who throws the rule book away with his ultra-realistic creations, and Sergio Fermariello with his iconic Guerrier à cheval.

3 avenue de l’Hermitage – Tel. +377 97 97 03 77

Monaco Modern’Art : La vie en rose

Philippe Pastor, Série Monochrome 13 002, 2011. / © François Fernandez

The fun is back with a new, colourful selection of works by Philippe Pastor. The exhibition includes his recent and playfully titled series Rose Bonbon (candy pink) and older works such as Quatre Saisons with Pastor’s characteristic profusion of contours. Multiple layers including plant matter eminently celebrate nature, which is dear to the heart of the artist. Following on darker periods, these canvases celebrate springtime and are welcomed with joy, like a renaissance.

27 avenue Princesse Grace – Tel. +377 92 16 71 17

NM > Contemporary: Objets toniques

Leonardo Petrucci, Lazy Eclipses (left) and Davide D’Elia, Isla-fluo-tane 00, tryptics.

The time is now: come and see this vivifying exhibition created in cooperation with the Port Tonic Art Center at Issambres, in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. A former shipyard, Port Tonic is now an artists’ residence where four artists* from Italy and Argentina came together during the summer of 2019. From the artists’ time there, far from noise and pollution, came works characterised by a blinding light and the silence of nature. Paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos made from materials found at Port Tonic, with rocks and salt water provided by the environment. Sublime.
* Davide D’Elia, Valerio Nicolai, Leonardo Petrucci, Ramiro Quesada Pons.

17 rue de la Turbie – Tel. +377 97 98 06 42

Robert Zehil Gallery: Furniture and decorative objects

One of the widest selections of Art Nouveau museum pieces can be found at this gallery, which specialises in French decorative arts from 1889 to 1939. Here are treasures such as furniture and glasswork made by Emile Gallé, as well as glasswork from Daum, Marinot and Décorchemont, furniture made by Majorelle and Colonna and Sèvres porcelain pieces. For the latter, the gallery has even created a digital catalogue this summer. It can be consulted online, on the gallery’s website. What more could porcelain lovers ask for?

27 avenue de la Costa – Tel. +377 97 77 86 68

By Tanja Stojanov