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Despite a turbulent political climate that could have threatened its success, BADA 2019 saw strong sales and engaged audiences across the seven-day event.
Visitors included collectors, dealers and enthusiasts, each exploring the art and antiques fair held at Chelsea’s Duke of York Square. Exhibitors noted an increase in the number of younger professionals interested in over 5,000 objects on display from the carefully selected members of the leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques industry, the British Antique Dealers’ Association.
Highlight sales included a still life by French expressionist painter Bernard Buffet offered by The Walker Galleries which went for around £125,000, coveted furniture pieces by Piero Fornasetti and Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson from Holly Johnson Antiques, and a number of mid-century textiles crafted by the Edinburgh Weavers from Gray M.C.A.
“BADA 2019 has been an outstanding success, attracting a wide selection of serious buyers and collectors, many of whom were attending the event for the first time,” said CEO Marco Forgione. “We look forward to building on these tremendous achievements in 2020, when BADA returns to Duke of York Square for its 28th edition.”
By Reyhaan Day
Monaco’s Jardin Exotique has been awarded eight prizes at the Euroflora show in Genoa, including seven first place honours.
Greece and America united for an evening of celebration at the Yacht Club of Monaco on Sunday, as the associations representing each country marked important anniversaries in the Principality.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad has been welcomed at the Palace by Prince Albert, where she shared her harrowing story of survival and mission to protect women from rape as a weapon of war.
How do you highlight the best of German design? Rent a landmark villa in Monaco, fill every room with German design excellence to create individual living spaces, then invite everyone to come and enjoy it, of course.
The start of the school year has come for the Médiathèque de Monaco, which has unveiled its programming from September to December.
The institution, unavoidable in the Monegasque cultural landscape, is open to all and presents a service that promotes reading but also culture and leisure on a wider scale.
The Médiathèque welcomes you throughout the year at its two sites, the Louis Notari Library and the José Notari Sonotheque at 19 blvd Princesse Charlotte, with cultural events on the themes of literature, theatre, music, cinema and photography.
Nearly 450,000 documents: books, DVDs, CDs, French and foreign newspapers, magazines, photographs, correspondence, and musical scores are available.
For the fall, conferences on the theme of Cuba, Secrets of Communication, Women Artists in the presence of Nivèse Oscari at the Ecole de Nice, film screenings and live concerts, and several meetings organised as part of the operation "Prevert honoured” on the occasion of the 40 year anniversary of the death of the poet.
Photography will also be featured this autumn with two recurring themes presented by Adrien Rebaudo: photographic ballads during which photography and music will be put into perspective around a predefined theme; and the distractions photographiques which present themselves as a playful session while being put into practice.
The full programme can be found at: www.mediatheque.mc.
ML: Could you tell me about your background? MM: I was born and grew up in Sao Paulo. My mother is Lebanese and my father, who worked for the Brazilian theatre and cinema, is Spanish. It was my father who inspired me to pursue an artistic career. I started playing the piano at a very early age, at 5 years old, in fact.
ML: You say your country has an “innate richness” and you are a proud to have Brazilian identity. How does your culture different from others? MM: There is something wonderful about being Brazilian, the positivity, the enthusiasm and sincerity. Brazil is part of the “new world”. We have the sun of the tropics and our culture is a rich blend of African, indigenous and European, where the social codes are different. Brazil has taken these influences and mixed them to create its own identity. Another major difference is the perception of space. Brazil is huge, and has a universe of possibilities still to be explored.
ML: How did destiny bring you to Monaco? MM: My story with Monaco started with a meeting with Delphine Pastor during the Art Basel Miami Beach fair in 2004. She had discovered my work – I was living in Miami at the time – and invited me to exhibit my art in her recently opened gallery, the Gismondi Pastor gallery in Monaco. The exhibition was well received and one of my portraits of Princess Grace was selected to be part of the collection of the new Monaco Modern’Art museum. Prince Albert II later commissioned a monumental work in honour of his father Prince Rainier III, which was inaugurated January 18, 2006. I was travelling frequently between Miami and Monaco when finally I was invited by Pierre Cardin to come and live and work in Lacoste, a village in Luberon, a three-hour drive from Monaco. Pierre Cardin became my patron and I started to create monumental sculptures. My career in the Principality had evolved enormously and, in 2009, I had the opportunity to set up my studio and my home in Monaco.
ML: You are trained as an artist in plastic and as pianist. How did your career evolve? MM: I trained as a classical pianist and moved from Sao Paulo to Paris in the 1990s where I met the great master Vasarely, who inspired me to create my optical portraits. My music career gradually gave way to an artistic career as a painter and sculptor. As my works of art started to become recognised and win awards, I moved to Miami and contributed to the artistic effervescence that was there in the early 2000s. My work was exhibited in collections of major museums in the US, and my return to Europe with Delphine Pastor, meetings with Prince Albert and patron Pierre Cardin gave a huge drive to my career. A number of public monuments are installed in and around Monaco, such as Coco Chanel in Cap Martin, Cocteau in the citadel of Villefranche-sur-mer and a whole series of large sculptures of Princess Grace and other members of the royal family are presented every year. I became a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters in Portugal and my contact with the arts patron Stanley Ho of Macau enabled me to produce some major works in Asia, in Hong Kong and Macau in particular. This, along with several commissions for official portraits from royal families and presidents around the world, means that I have travelled extensively! In Paris, in 2011 I was the guest artist to celebrate Coca Cola’s 125th anniversary and I joined the great masters in the art collection of the Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta USA. My collaboration with the Prince Albert II Foundation has resulted in a commitment and a series of works dedicated to the cause.
ML: How is music and the world of art different in Brazil from other countries Brazil, say Monaco as an example? MM: Each country’s culture evolves differently depending on its influences, its economic opportunities, history, tradition, and reputation in a specific field.In Europe, classical music is at the highest level, with the best academies. In Brazil, the “bossa nova” is becoming a reference for excellence around the world. Brazil also has a very strong art market, both domestic, with the great masters, and on the world stage where Brazil participates in the largest international contemporary art fairs.
ML: What do you enjoy most about living in Monaco? MM: I appreciate many aspects of living in Monaco, the security, obviously, and the organisation, but also the beauty of the area. I think it is a privilege to live here. I am very active in the local Brazilian community, particularly in the Brasil-Monaco Project, which I contribute to with my artworks.
ML: You visit Brazil often. What do you think of Rio as Host to the Olympics this summer. MM: As for the Olympics, despite all the criticism and the difficult political context, I think for Rio de Janeiro to host the games it’s an opportunity to advance, to be creative and to experience the intensity and positivity that such an event can bring – just what the Brazilian people need. The opening ceremony was sublime! Very original, very “ARTY”! Bravo!
For more on Marcos and his work, visit artmarcosmarin.com from August 21.
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