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By Cassandra Tanti - March 10, 2020
Two eye-catching artworks have appeared in waters below the Yacht Club of Monaco. ‘The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle’ is a new installation, condemning the plastic pollution of our oceans ahead of the upcoming Monaco Ocean Week, set to take place at the end of March.
‘The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle’, sponsored by Fondazione Gabriele and Anna Braglia, is the result of a collaboration between international sculptor Helidon Xhixha and young Swiss photographer Giacomo ‘Jack’ Braglia.
United in their desire to convey an important message about the impact of plastic bottle pollution on the oceans, the two decided to blend their artistic techniques – shaping steel and 3D photography.
The result is a large environmental installation imitating two crushed bottles floating on the water’s surface like discarded waste. One was modelled in stainless steel by sculptor Helidon Xhixha and then mirror polished, the other draped with photographic images of plastic waste taken by photographer Giacomo ‘Jack’ Braglia.
‘The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle’ is a site-specific environmental installation specially designed to remain in water. It can also be toured and, after its presentation in Venice on 20th July 2019, was in the prestigious garden of the Triennale Milano from October to December before taking position in the Port of Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea.
It will serve an important reminder during Monaco Ocean Week, which is due to take place from 22nd to 27th March – a week dedicated to the conservation of the marine ecosystem and to the sustainable development of the “blue” economy.
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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.”