29 June 2012
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To get to the Grimaldi Forum's theatre you go down, down via escalators into the depths. And there high up on a wall, just before the theatre entrance is this enormous pansy. Click to enlarge and you'll see this is made entirely in mosaic, in fact Opio mosaic. Opio is a village not far from Monaco famous for its glass.
Artist, Nall has two installations in the Grimaldi Forum, "Pensee Sunrise" and "Pensee Sunset" - I'm not sure which this is. Each meausre 6 yards by 6 yards and you can buy postage stamps of the works in any Monaco post office.
Alabama-born Nall lives and works in Vence. Click on the link to read about him and his work.
26 June 2012
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22 June 2012
You do see the strangest things in Monaco. This looks a bit like a large insect, doesn't it? Perhaps from a distant planet?
In fact it's an electric motorbike make by a Swiss company - with rain protection thrown in. You see many electric vehicles in Monaco. The Principality is keen on promoting a green environment.
21 June 2012
20 June 2012
I'm not sure of the law in Monaco but probably 'dogs are not allowed' in the Carrefour supermarket. This doesn't seem to stop some shoppers putting their little dogs in their trolley.
You often see a chihuahua amongst the cheeses ...
Photo taken on the escalator that goes down to the car park of the shopping complex in Fontvieille.
19 June 2012
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12 June 2012
There's a tiny square, Place François Bosio, opposite Le Pinocchio which is packed with tables that surround what appears to be a well.
At the back of the square is a bronze of François Bosio, a famous sculptor born in Monaco. Click on the link to read about him.
When you see photos of hundreds of apartments surrounding the port, it's easy to forget these little gems.
11 June 2012
10 June 2012
If you are on le rocher, Le Pinocchio (note his image on the wall) is a good Italian restaurant for lunch. Always busy. Good food. Friendly waiters. I had a truly excellent clam risotto - and later realised I should have taken a photograph before eating it!
09 June 2012
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07 June 2012
"Self" is a frozen sculpture of the artist's head made from 4.5 litres of his own blood, taken from his body over a period of 5 months. Described by Marc Quinn as a ‘frozen moment on life-support’, the work is carefully maintained in a refrigeration unit, reminding the viewer of the fragility of existence. The artist makes a new version of Self every five years, each of which documents Quinn’s own physical transformation and deterioration.
In 1999, all of Marc Quinn's ‘blood head’ self portraits were exhibited together. Each portrait is a documentation of the artist’s head, as it ages every five years, and so represents a portrait of the artist over a fifteen year period.
06 June 2012
This piece is called Zombie Boy (Rick) Cu Pb NnFe Mg Si. It's made of orbital-sanded flap-wheeled lacquered bronze and was created in 2011.
Just click on either photo to see the detail which is extraordinary. As I walked past Zombie Boy I felt his eyes following me - in fact I had the strong feeling that perhaps he wasn't a sculpture at all but one of those street people who don't move and then suddenly spring to life.
He is astonishingly beautiful.
Thanks to Philippe who informed me that Zombie Boy is a real person, with real tattoos - do take a look at the link.
05 June 2012
This piece is called Matter into Light: the Discovery of Fire (2011). It's made of hand-treated cobalt-plated bronze, concrete, stainless steel, cement board, ceramic and bioethanol liquid. This is one of a series of burning sculptures which thanks to new technology, can burn with real fire inside the museum without a flue.
04 June 2012
Screens surround the entrance to this space, the Salle de la Baleine, with a notice saying that children may not enter without an accompanying adult. Here you'll find an interesting mix of skeletons that belong to the museum and skeletons created by Marc Quinn, for instance Another Angel. You'll also find a fornicating couple on a bed of fire which I suppose is the reason for the notice. More tomorrow ...
This photo shows the guard on duty bathed in light - I couldn't resist snapping the scene.
03 June 2012
Coral Nervous Breakdown - has to be the perfect title for this piece! Created in 1997 it's made of stainless steel, concrete, polyurethene and sponges.
The second scupture is called Mustard Nervous Breakdown. (1998)
02 June 2012
Take a look a the second photo which shows their size compared to the visitors admiring them.
"The piece Evolution grows under the attentive gaze of Prince Albert I of Monaco, founder of the Oceeanographic Museum, who, in his autobiography, The Career of a Navigator' wrote:
'During my navigator's career I received fromthe sea a few testimonies concerning the laws which determine her role among the forces of the world ... It gave me a serene confidence in that destiny which the balance of the universe imposes upon oganic creatures along with the eternal cycles of life and death.'"
01 June 2012
This piece is called 'Another Angel' and is made of patinated bronze. The exhibition is beuatifully staged with subtle lighting creating interesting shadows.