Mythical Monte-Carlo: 150 Years in the Making

6/13/2013  Leisure

An Exhibition Presented by Monaco's Consulate General and Tourist Office in New York



To celebrate the fabled history of Monte-Carlo, the Consulate General of Monaco and the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York present Mythical Monte-Carlo: 150 Years in the Making, an exhibition showcasing the remarkable architecture of this captivating Principality on the Mediterranean, as seen through the lens of award-winning documentary photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013). Mythical Monte-Carlo will be on view at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Gallery in New York from June 20 through August 23. (www.MonacoTakesNewYork.com)

The exhibition features a selection of works from MONACOPOLIS: Architecture, Urbanism and Urbanization in Monaco, Realizations and Projects – 1858-2012 from the Nouveau Musée National of Monaco (NMNM), curated by Nathalie Giordano-Rosticher, Curator in Chief at the NMNM. As a complement to this exhibition, a special screening of the docudrama, Monte-Carlo, Birth of a Legend will take place at the FIAF screening room on Wednesday, June 19 at 8pm. Written by Kate Krasuski and directed by François Freynet, it recounts the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of Monte-Carlo’s creation.

“The ties between Monaco, France, and the USA are deep and binding, so it is quite fitting—and we are delighted—that Monaco’s Consulate and Tourist office in New York are collaborating with FIAF to celebrate 150 years of Monte-Carlo style,” said Maguy Maccario Doyle, consul general and director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office (North America).

“It is a true pleasure for us to partner with Monte-Carlo SBM Hotels & Casinos - who mark their 150th anniversary this year - and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, to welcome visitors to this exhibition by award-winning photographer, Gabriele Basilico, which showcases the eclectic architecture of our Principality on the Mediterranean Sea.”

Gabriele Basilico: Mythical Monte-Carlo: 150 Years in the Making

Thursday, June 20—Friday, August 23, FIAF Gallery

In 2006, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco commissioned Gabriele Basilico to photograph the legendary destination, resulting in over 200 photographs. His vision revealed a Principality shaped by history, labyrinthine urban development, and its geographic location between the mountains and the sea.

Born in Milan, Basilico is an award-winning photographer known for capturing the world’s largest metropolises, including Beirut, Sao Paolo, San Francisco, and Naples. He began his career documenting the industrialization of Milan and the transformation of the transalpine landscape.

The exhibition also features archival footage evoking the history of the Principality of Monaco, including an interview of Prince Rainier (the “Builder Prince”) from the film Rainier de Monaco Prince & PDG, and an installation of postcards in the shape of Monaco, commissioned by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco and designed by Åbäke, London and Nathalie Rosticher Giordano, Chief Curator at NNMM.

 


Special Screening

Monte-Carlo, naissance d’un mythe (Monte-Carlo, Birth of a Legend)

Wednesday, June 19 at 8pm, Florence Gould Hall

François Freynet, 2007. Color. 52 min

150 years ago an unprecedented adventure began in one of the smallest Principalities in Europe. Within less than twenty years, a simple plateau of farmland on the Mediterranean coast would become one of the most celebrated destinations in the world, and a dazzling symbol of prosperity: Monte-Carlo.

The main players in this success were an intrepid French financier and a romantic, young German woman with a gift for the arts and a love for Belle Epoque design. Their names were François Blanc and Marie Hensel. These two relative unknowns founded the famed Société des Bains de Mer of Monte-Carlo, which today manages a vast heritage.

It is the storybook tale of an exceptional, passionate couple, the visionary creators of the myth of Monte-Carlo at the end of the nineteenth century. Travel back in time to discover the princes, dukes, Russian colonels, writers Alexandre Dumas and Jules Verne, composers Camille Saint-Saëns and Jules Massenet, the Rockefellers, and many other celebrities and statesmen who have imbued Monte-Carlo with its illustrious history. (In French with English subtitles)

 

Gabriele Basilico: Mythical Monte-Carlo Images

© Gabiele Basilico / NNMM / ADAGP, Paris 2013

Monte-Carlo 05 2A 12-74, 2005

Gelatin Silver Print

15.75 in x 11.8 in | 40 x 30 cm

Control of the Association of Friends of NNMM

Collection New National Museum of Monaco (inv. 2007.13.46)

http://www.fiaf.org/press/2013-06/monte-carlo/basilico1.jpg

© Gabiele Basilico / NNMM / ADAGP, Paris 2013

Monte-Carlo 05 2A 12-254, 2005

Gelatin Silver Print

15.75 in x 11.8 in | 40 x 30 cm

Control of the Association of Friends of NNMM

Collection New National Museum of Monaco (inv. 2007.13.155)

http://www.fiaf.org/press/2013-06/monte-carlo/basilico2.jpg

© Gabiele Basilico / NNMM / ADAGP, Paris 2013
Monte-Carlo 05 2A 12-254, 2005
Gelatin Silver Print
15.75 in x 11.8 in | 40 x 30 cm
Control of the Association of Friends of NNMM
Collection New National Museum of Monaco (inv. 2007.13.155)

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