"Monacopolis" Exposition - Architecture, Urban Development and Decoration in Monte-CarloFrom Monday 17 June to Sunday 23 February, from 10 am to 6 pm, Nouveau Musée National (Villa Sauber)
Nov 27

"Monacopolis" – The New National Museum of Monaco's New Exhibition

Architecture, town planning and urbanization in Monaco. Achievements and projects from 1858 to 2012

Since 1858, when a bathing establishment was opened in La Condamine, followed by the construction of a Casino in the area known as Les Spélugues and the creation of the Monte-Carlo district, Monaco has been the subject of continuous urbanization.

The New National Museum of Monaco wished to look back at the highlights.

More than two years of research and collecting was necessary to create "Monacopolis."  Photos, archives and town planning schemes will be presented in three exhibition areas.

The most historic part will be exhibited at the Villa Sauber, showing the creation of the Monte-Carlo district and its iconic buildings.

The Villa Paloma will present the main stages of urbanization from the mid 1940s onwards, by means of various projects by some of the great names in architecture.

Architecture, town planning and urbanization in Monaco
Achievements and Projects - 1858 -2012
From 19 January


Jan 18

Opening of Monacopolis, the NMNM's New Exhibition

After two years of research, the Villa Paloma and the Villa Sauber are presenting an exhibition of architecture, town planning and urbanization in Monaco, 1858 to 2012

It took the New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) two years to study, catalogue and gather together the documents on architecture and town planning in the Principality.

The result is revealed in the exhibition "Monacopolis - Architecture, Town Planning and Urbanization in Monaco, Achievements and Projects, 1858 – 2012," which is based on three main themes:  buildings that were never constructed, buildings that have been demolished, and present-day buildings. 

Images of today's urbanization were taken using aerial photography. 

The Villa Sauber is presenting a tour of the Monte-Carlo district (more than 600 historic maps and numerous models are on show).  The Villa Paloma is exhibiting projects that were never carried out and proposed solutions that are imaginative and spontaneous.  Of note are a rather mysterious little sketch by Le Corbusier and proposals for urban expansion by the London-based group Archigram. 

Finally, the "Off Circuit" program is an opportunity to see this exhibition in a different way each time, from 19th January and on a regular basis, thanks to the architects, artists, musicians, writers and historians who have been invited by the NMNM, and will make everyone's memories of the city even more vivid.

Villa Paloma – from 19 January to 12 May 2013
Villa Sauber – from 19 January to 30 December 2013

You can find all the info on:  www.nmnm.mc

Apr 5

"Monacopolis" Workshop for Young People at the New National Museum of Monaco

The New National Museum of Monaco is offering a course for young people from 15 to 19 April 2013 in connection with the "Monacopolis" exhibition

The children will be encouraged to study the architectural utopias and unrealized projects on show at the Villa Paloma and then build a model of an imaginary city together.

They will take part in various workshops involving speaking, writing, drawing, collage and three-dimensional work.

This week is an opportunity for them to learn about architecture and the city in a different way.

Age of the children:  8-12
Languages spoken:  French, Italian and English

Venue:  Villa Paloma, 56 Bd Jardin Exotique
for one week, from Monday 15 to Friday 19 April 2013 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Enrollment:  on 98 98 49 38 or [email protected]

Jun 3

The Villa Sauber, Monte-Carlo

New works at the "Monacopolis" exhibition

150 additional works have been added to the MONACOPOLIS exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Société des Bains de Mer, bringing Monte-Carlo back to life through costumes, accessories and models of decors.

The architecture of the Casino, the Café de Paris, the Hôtel de Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts are the ideal backdrop for these special collections.

The Villa Sauber is closed from 3 to 16 June to hang the new works. 

"MONACOPOLIS – Architecture, Urbanization and Decoration in Monte-Carlo"

will open to the public on Monday 17 June at 11 a.m.

Further information:  www.nmnm.mc

Photo Credits:  Alphonse Visconti 
The Côte d’Azur, 1902 
Project model
Archives of the Monte-Carlo SBM, permanent repository at the NMNM. 
© NMNM / Mauro & Magliani


Jun 19

A Course for Budding Artists at the New National Museum of Monaco

A summer school for children will take place from 8 to 12 July 2013 in connection with the exhibition "Monacopolis - Architecture, Urban Development and Decoration in Monte-Carlo"

For one week, children aged 8 to 12 will be able to visit the exhibition and discover Monte Carlo Opera's collection of hats, shoes and costumes.

They will learn about textile design with Belgian couturier Jean-Paul Lespagnard and will make a complete outfit with accessories inspired by a stage set from the Ballets Russes on show in this exhibition.

The workshop will end with a fashion show by the children wearing their creations!

Children's Summer School at the Villa Sauber

From 8 to 12 July 2013 from 2 pm to 6 pm
Languages spoken:  French, Italian and English
Enrollment:  Coline Matarazo on 98 98 49 38 or [email protected]

Photo credits: 
Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
1) Moor's headdress from Petrushka, 1920 
Green panné velvet edged with braid and decorated with feathers
Archives of the Monte-Carlo S.B.M, permanent deposit at the NMNM

2) Arithmetic's costume from L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, 1925
Silk taffeta with a spencer, a robe and kimono sleeves decorated with painted stenciled numbers
Archives of the Monte-Carlo S.B.M., permanent deposit at the NMNM