I – What are the main themes of Monaco’s cultural policy for 2010?
Five major themes can be identified in the Principality’s cultural policy which is one of the priorities of the Prince’s Government, in line with the wishes of HSH the Sovereign Prince and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover. These core themes are: pursuit of the cultural policy with over 5% of the State budget (43.1 million euros, up 8.5% from 2009 to 2010); support for large entities (the orchestra, opera, ballet company, Monaco Dance Forum, Printemps des Arts, etc) and our cultural heritage (New National Museum of Monaco, the Archives Audiovisuelles); the diffusion of culture (through exhibitions, events, concerts, educational programmes, teaching art, support for cultural associations, etc); and lastly support for artistic creation: commissions, workshops, measures in favour of the Principality’s artists (bringing into force the law that defines the amount of assistance given for independent professional artists to set up here) and help for artistic projects (making premises and technical resources available, direct aid for production, transport, installation, exhibition of art works, etc).
II – What are the big events for this year?
First of all the national celebration of the Ballets Russes will continue, the first act having been a huge success. Act II around the Easter holidays will celebrate the way contemporary dance has generated a tremendous versatility and ability to cross artistic borders. Act III begins in the early summer and will have its share of beautiful creations ending the centenary festivities with a fireworks display.
In 2010, we will also be honouring the two scientific foundations set up by Prince Albert 1st: the Oceanographic Museum and Institute of Human Palaeontology in Paris, which celebrates its centenary, and the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. The latter’s collections are going to be completely renovated and reset against an innovative and spectacular backdrop.
Lastly, the work being done at the Villa Paloma should be completed this year. The public will take possession of this latest culture venue which, like the Villa Sauber, is the New National Museum of Monaco.
III – What exhibitions are planned?
Photography is being honoured in February with Mirrors of the Magic Muse, on show from the 5th to 25th in the Salle d’Exposition on Quai Antoine 1er. This outstanding private collection is built around the image of woman through the eyes of the great photographers, from the origins of this art form to today.
Throughout the year, the National Museum will be showing in the form of hanging paintings a series of “cabinets of curios” alternating between Villa Sauber and Villa Paloma. The big summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum is dedicated to Japan and is entitled “Kyoto/Tokyo, from the Samurai to the mangas” (Kyoto/Tokyo, des samouraïs aux mangas).
Finally as we return from the summer holidays, the Prince Pierre Foundation’s Contemporary Art Prize exhibition will be held in the Salle du Quai Antoine 1er, immersing us in the creative universe of the prize-winners.