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Exhibition of private Monaco collectors opens at Villa Sauber

Exhibition of private Monaco collectors opens at Villa Sauber

By Staff Writer - February 24, 2017

Photo: © Manuel Vitali/Direction de la Communication
Photo: © Manuel Vitali/Direction de la Communication

“Poïpoï”, a private collection of two Monaco-based collectors and their “pioneer spirit of decipherment”, opened Friday at New National Museum of Monaco’s Villa Sauber.

The challenge of this exhibition, which runs until April 30, was to conceptualise within the museum walls the collection of art that surrounded F and J Merino on a daily basis in their Monaco apartment.

According to the curator, the curiosity of F and J Merino’s encounters with Nice-based artists during the 1960s would encourage them to develop an interest in contemporary art, which quickly became a passion, yet they kept their distance from the art world.

FM became food critic for Gault & Millau and JM was responsible for the Public Relations of the Société des Bains de Mer.

In the early 1980s, they “plunged back into the contemporary art world”, focusing on American appropriationist photography (Richard Prince, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman) and the following decade, they hung out with a group from the Grenoble School of Fine Arts: Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Philippe Parreno, Pierre Joseph, now major names in the international art scene.

F and J Merino’s apartment in Monaco was a meeting place – the walls painted by Stéphane Dafflon, projects by Liam Gillick, Carsten Höller, and Franz West – and their collection included a large number of internationally renowned artists: Arman, Fischli &Weiss, Andreas Gursky, Georg Herold, Ann Veronica Janssens, Paul McCarthy, Philippe Parreno, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Shimabuku, all of which can be seen at Villa Sauber.

The “Poïpoï” exhibition (€6) is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (free on Sundays).

 

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