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Monacopolis, Monte-Carlo, 17 June 2013 – 2 February 2014

Overview

The exhibition draws on more than 600 historical plans mostly hailing from the Société des Bains de Mer, sheds light on the work of the architects involved – the famous signature of Charles Garnier – and underscores the extraordinary capacity for renewal which hallmarks architectures associated with vacationing and holidays, all created and turned towards a versatile public with fluctuating desires.

Villa Sauber offers a circuit through the emblematic neighbourhood of Monte-Carlo. To take just this one example, between 1863 and 1910, no less than ten architects, including Henri Schmit, would follow in each other’s footsteps to enlarge, transform, embellish, rectify, unify and even plan the Casino-Opéra de Monte Carlo.

By adding 150 more works to the exhibition MONACOPOLIS, the NMNM participates in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Société des Bains de Mer, bringing back to life – through costumes, props and models of décors – the operas produced under the direction of Raoul Gunsbourg and the Ballets Russes of the famous Diaghilev.

The architecture of the Casino, the Café de Paris, the Hôtel de Paris, the Eablissements des bains de mer, and the Palais des beaux-arts, all evoked thanks to mainly unpublished documents (plans, watercolours, photographs, films…) become the ideal setting for the presentation of these outstanding collections.

Date
17 Jun 13 – 2 Feb 14
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Photo: Alphonse Visconti La Côte d’Azur, 1902 Maquette de décor Archives Monte-Carlo SBM, dépôt permanent au NMNM. © NMNM / Mauro & Magliani