December 10, 2017 - Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - 2018 exhibition program
December 10, 2017

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

Tom Wesselmann, Seascape #10, 1966. Molded Plexiglas painted with gripflex, 113 x 148.6 x 4.4 cm. © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

2018 exhibition program

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The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco presents its 2018 exhibition program.

LAB II – Hors Catégories
with Berger & Berger, Patrick Corillon, Félix Dol-Maillot, Damien Mac Donald and Michel Blazy
Villa Sauber
January 26–March 18, 2018

LAB#2 is a group reflection on Villa Sauber's history and the future of museums and artworks. None of the participating artists restrict their work to a single field; each of them has a multi-faceted artistic practice. The laboratory rejects readymade classifications, as they prevent people from looking properly. By exploring the artworks, the visitor may participate in the LAB#2 research, each of us being free to adopt the logics of transmission and appropriation, and to wander "out of the box." Rather than confining future museums to accumulation and conservation alone, we turn to the new logics of collaboration. The LAB therefore initiates a movement of opening to others, one of sharing.

Curated by Marie-Claude Beaud (NMNM)

Alfredo Volpi, a Tribute
Villa Paloma
February 10–May 20, 2018

This first retrospective exhibition of Alfredo Volpi (1896, Italy–1988, Brazil) outside of Brazil aims to retrace the career of this major artist who poeticized and warmed the bi-dimensional modernist approach to the pictorial space through more than 130 works. These stretch from Volpi’s early oil paintings of the ’30s and ’40s to his later works from the ’50s to the ’70s which introduce a new color palette and new techniques taken from the early Italian Renaissance which he brought back from his travels around Italy.  In the last two decades of his career, this unique and independent position led Volpi to be considered a legend among Brazilian modernist artists and collectors.

Curated by Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM), supported by the Instituto Alfredo Volpi, São Paulo.

Selection of works from the NMNM collection, acquired with the support of UBS (Monaco) S.A.
Villa Paloma
February 10–May 20, 2018

Since 2014, the NMNM has received support from UBS (Monaco) S.A. for its acquisition program. For the first time, the Museum will present a selection of works acquired through this partnership over the last three years. From site-specific productions to the early works of major artists, the third floor of Villa Paloma will display works by Matti Braun, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Francesco Gennari, Apostolos Georgiou and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané among others.

Curated by Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM)

Latifa Echakhch
Villa Sauber
April 20–October 28, 2018

For this solo show, Latifa Echakhch interrogates the history and collections of the NMNM  and unveils a site-specific installation built through dialog with the set models for the Opéra de Monte-Carlo or with the 19th century automatons from the famous De Galéa collection.

On the occasion of the exhibition, Villa Sauber’s "salon de lecture" will be transformed into a "salon géologique": an environment created by artist Yto Barrada and designer Stéphanie Marin.

Curated by Celia Bernasconi (NMNM)

Tom Wesselmann, La Promesse du Bonheur
Villa Paloma
June 30, 2018–January 2019

The exhibition takes its title from Stendhal’s celebrated claim that “Beauty is but the promise of happiness."

Concentrating on the artist’s portrayal of women, which has been known to draw fire for its purported objectification, this exhibition argues for a much more nuanced understanding of the Wesselmann's rapport with the female subject. Indeed, through this survey, a certain sense of female agency will become apparent, which in itself is symptomatic of a crucial historical shift from Victorian repression to the abundance associated with postwar American consumerism, as both are described and quite literally embodied in Wesselmann’s work. Long considered one of the key American Pop artists as well as one of its great formal innovators, Wesselmann’s specific critical contribution to the movement has been a subject of debate for decades. This survey intends to clarify this debate, locating his prodigious and penetrating contribution to the taboo subject of sexuality, portrayals thereof, and its inseparable link with the boundless promise conveyed by the cultural, material and economic bounty of postwar American society.  

Curated by Chris Sharp

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