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GenderHopes’ exhibition opening of “A Confident Girl” Tuesday night filled the first floor of the Columbus Hotel as more than 150 supporters came to admire 40 works of art, from paintings and sculptures to photographs.
Taking place on October 11, International Day of the Girl, this was the fourth successful fundraiser the Monaco-registered charity has put together to date. “It’s been a lot of work compared to the movie screenings we did in the past,” Vibeke Brask Thomsen, GenderHopes Founding Director, told Monaco Life, “but it’s worth it to see how artists symbolically captured the confident-girl theme.”
Some 25 renowned local (10 from Monaco) and international artists are showcasing unique pieces of art, available for purchase, with proceeds from all sales to go to the Akilah Institute for Women, a college in East Africa that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society.
Monaco resident, Nick Danziger, has a spectacularly moving photo documentary of Mariatu, who grew up in Sierra Leone and had her arms brutally amputated at the age of 13 to prevent her from voting.
A coffee table book, featuring information about the Day of the Girl, the United Nations, the Akilah Institute and all the works on exhibit, is for sale (€40), and includes a preface by Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank.
At the cocktail reception Tuesday evening, Ms Isabelle Bonnal, Director of Education, Youth and Sports spoke about Monaco’s commitment to higher education, and an alumna from the Akilah Institute shared her story as a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide to becoming a student at Akilah.
“It’s all about small little steps,” Vebeke, a Dane who grew up in Monaco, said passionately. “And to say to young girls, and boys, that they can become anything they want.”
Founded by Vibeke in 2011, GenderHopes has shaped new initiatives to end domestic violence working with the relevant parties including government, police, hospital, victims and social services.
“A Confident Girl” runs until October 30 at the Columbus Hotel. (All photos copyright Ed Wright Images.)
Article orignially published October 12, 2016.
A mini version of Monaco’s Princess Grace Rose Garden will feature at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show. The highly anticipated event, themed ‘Riviera Holiday’, will spotlight the life and legacy of Grace Kelly, the Philadelphian who became Princess of Monaco.
Work has begun on renewing Casino Square and SBM President Jean-Luc Biamonti has stressed that, while the move is necessary to improve security, the glamorous look of Monaco’s most famous square will be maintained.
The Grimaldi Forum broke records across the board in 2019, and it is hoping to follow that up with another exceptional programme of events in 2020, it’s 20th anniversary year.
Through this new exhibition of paintings and sculptures, Philippe Pastor questions the destructive force of Man, directed against his fellow human beings and his environment.
As part of Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s (NMNM) collection, the permanent installation of Jean-Pascal Flavien’s folding house (to be continued) is a “work to live in”, somewhere between architecture and sculpture, in which artists will reside in the space for up to two weeks at a time.
This blue house in the museum’s garden is the sixth house in an ongoing project and Jean-Pascal, who was born in Le Mans but currently lives in Berlin, was invited by the museum. He told Monaco Life, “The museum is making a strong and positive effort, with a risk-taking program. They are doing this well and it’s noticeable to outsiders.”
Talking about the importance of what can be experimented in the field of art, he said, “The house is a format in itself. It’s different from an institution or gallery. You are creating space, and the conditions of visibility of the object, so you’re seeing furniture and a house but these can be art objects. There’s something organic about this. But it’s not about the house today, it’s about the house in ten years from now and what it will mean.”
Over at 2 avenue Grande-Bretagne, the former head office of UBS, Mike Nelson’s offsite project Cloak, is now open to the public Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays from 2pm to 6 pm, and by appointment (reservation only for groups up to 10/15 people).
A Turner Prize Nominee, Mike spent the last month using 3000 litres of paint to cover the seven floors and 867sqm of what was UBS’s home from 1956-2016.
“It’s a simple idea to transform everything into blue but it got complicated,” Mike told Monaco Life, commenting that banks are a necessity in the economic structure of how we live, but that there are problematics associated with them and what they symbolise. “The formative idea was to create a work to question these ideals, the relationship between art and money, which Monaco is very indicative of in a sense.”
The use of the utlra-marine pigment, and its subsequent relation to artistic, economic and political histories intertwining, seemed pertinent to Mike’s project. “You are left in a immersive sensation that feels like you are underwater. The result is satisfying, it does what I set out for it to do, a sense of suspended time or shift in perception of reality. It’s strong in relation to that and which is reflected in Monaco as a place.”
For many years, UBS has been dedicated to supporting artistic and cultural endeavours worldwide, “Contemporary art is part of our DNA,” said Geoffrey Chatelard, UBS Marketing. “We have established a credibility in expertise, whether to build or transform a client’s contemporary art collection.”