He was the man who invented the art of the Light Set, a complex system of light projections that allows stage scenery to be given multiple variations of colours, lights and shapes while incorporating moving images. Eugène Frey (1863–1930), who previously worked with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, is now the subject of a superb exhibition featuring 300 works on paper and over 100 glass plates by the painter. Inspired by Frey’s work, guest artist João Maria Gusmão has designed a scenographic installation of magic lanterns, offering visitors a ‘continuously lit micro-cinema’ experience combining various animation techniques. Set time aside this summer for the museum’s two evening openings as well. On the programme are museum visits beginning at 6pm and a video projection out on the terrace at 9pm. Sunstone will be the featured video on 23 July, and on 27 August Felix in Wonderland will be shown.
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Villa Paloma – Tel. +377 98 98 48 60 – nmnm.mc