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From the Monaco Grand Prix boutique to Karl Lagerfeld’s mansion, it’s time to enjoy an afternoon out in Monaco without leaving your couch.
Just because we can’t physically visit our favourite places in Monaco, doesn’t mean we have to miss out altogether.
Virtual tours have become the new Netflix, and while nothing can replicate the feeling of walking into the lobby of the Hôtel de Paris, or catching up with friends in your favourite private club, digital walk throughs are a great way to reminisce, to discover, or rediscover the Principality…
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer offers an incredible virtual tour of its most famous landmarks, including the Café de Paris, the Hôtel de Paris and the Monte-Carlo Casino.
No doubt you are missing nights out at your favourite restaurant and bar, so relive your happiest moments during a virtual tour of the Buddha Bar.
Disappointed that the Rolex Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters has been cancelled? Make-believe you are there with a virtual tour of the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
Never seen inside the new One Monte-Carlo Conference Centre? Well now is your chance!
There’s even a tour of Villa La Vigie, the stunning neo-classical mansion and former home of iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Take an SBM virtual tour: https://montecarlovirtualtour.com
The Oceanographic Museum is perhaps Monaco’s most breath-taking piece of architecture, cradling the Mediterranean coastline and housing some of the Principality’s most precious oceanic relics, as well as educational exhibitions. Now, imagine you have the entire museum to yourself and are free to explore each level as you please…
Take an Oceanographic Museum virtual tour: http://enterview.fr/musee/oceanographique.html
Never thought of going to a stamp and coin museum? Well now is the time! Created by Prince Rainier III, the Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco features the most beautiful and most renowned philatelic and numismatic collections in the world, including the coinage of the Sovereign Princes of Monaco and the 19th century coins uncovered in the Principality.
Take a virtual tour of the Museum of Stamps and Coins of Monaco: https://www.mtm-monaco.mc/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=10
If you simply miss walking around our incredible city, Visit Monaco can take you on a beautiful sunny stroll through the picturesque landscape. You can also glimpse inside the Saint Devote Church, check out what an empty Big Top looks like, and take a wander through the tranquil Japanese Garden.
Take a Visit Monaco virtual tour: http://monaco360.visitmonaco.com
One of the hardest adjustments we have to make right now is not being able to physically go shopping. Satisfy your need to peruse fine things with this virtual tour of Sabrina Monte Carlo.
Take a virtual tour of Sabrina Monte Carlo:
Sadly, the Monaco Grand Prix will not go ahead this year as planned. If you need to drown your sorrows, go shopping in the official boutique of the Automobile Club of Monaco.
Take a virtual tour of the ACM store: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=WqvHQmXAeMb
An integral part of life in Monaco is private club membership. If you are missing your favourite club, or would like to discover what it’s like to be welcomed as a club member, the doors are now open at the prestigious Yacht Club of Monaco.
The Automobile Club of Monaco has some great hidden treats. Hint: click on the wall photos for video highlights of previous Grand Prix!
Take a virtual tour of the Automobile Club of Monaco: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Uy6MJsnNXFP
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The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has put out a call for film and TV entries for the Golden Nymph Awards in June.
The fight against poverty was highlighted to more than 500 primary and secondary school children from Monaco as they voted for their favourite short films in the Cinema for Change festival.
More than six years after the shocking Bastille Day terrorist attacks on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, a sculpture by artist Jean-Marie Fondacaro has been selected to pay tribute to the victims.
The Mairie’s annual civil status report has revealed the five most popular names for girls and boys born in the Principality in 2021, with Victoria and Gabrielle coming out on top.
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.”