#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on August 31st and September 2nd
It’s really hard to believe but autumn is putting its foot in the door. But this weekend we can still enjoy summer.
On Saturday you can go to “Hassan fait son show” (“Hassan Does His Show”), one man show by comedian Hassan de Monaco on Saturday 31 August 2019, at 9 pm, in the Exotic Garden of Monaco.
“Mission Badu Island”, a photography exhibition that tells the story of the expedition by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Les Explorations de Monaco to the small island of Badu, between Australia and Papua New Guinea is open till Monday 30 September 2019, in Musée océanographique de Monaco.
Another interesting event runs till 15 October 2019, the Grands Appartements (State rooms) in the Palace of Monaco will host an exceptional exhibition, Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting (Monaco, 6 mai 1955. Histoire d’une rencontre).
Organised by the Palace of Monaco Archive and the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco for the 90th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth, this original new exhibition will place her first meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco in context and perspective.
After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in March 1955 for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly had been on the French Riviera the previous year to shoot Alfred Hitchcock’s film To Catch a Thief, which features an unforgettable scene on the heights of the Principality.
As guest star at the 8th Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly agreed to change her schedule for a last-minute meeting with the Prince of Monaco on the afternoon of 6 May 1955. Organised by Pierre Galante, journalist with Paris Match, this meeting, which almost never happened, was immortalised by Michel Simon, photographer for the magazine, and the Irish photographer Edward Quinn, who had long been working on the Riviera.
The photographs by these two privileged witnesses will be displayed together for the very first time. Whether carefully posed or taken on the fly, these snapshots of different formats attest to the interest and high technical and artistic quality of press photographers’ work.
Designed as a photographic tour through the Palace State rooms, this exhibition follows in Grace Kelly’s footsteps in the very places where she met Prince Rainier, around the dress she wore that day, along with personal items, letters, testimonials, newspaper clips and film excerpts. All this documentation shows how the reportage, which went virtually unnoticed at the time, became legend, with its memories and anecdotes.
Less than a year after this brief but decisive meeting, Prince Rainier III married Grace Patricia Kelly, on 18 and 19 April 1956 in Monaco.
Now in Monaco there are quite a few exhibitions. In line with the great monographs of twentieth century artists presented at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (SuperWarhol in 2003, Monaco Celebrates Picasso in 2013 and, more recently, Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture in 2016), the summer 2019 exhibition will be dedicated to “Dali, a History of Painting” curated by Montse Aguer, Director of the Dali Museums. This retrospective is conducted in collaboration with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí. In this year, the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death (1904-1989), the Dali exhibition a history of painting, offers the public an exceptional journey through Dali’s artistic production and allows it to discover the different stages of the artist’s creation. It not only offers a retrospective view of Dali’s work, but also reveals how the painter has become enshrined in the history of twentieth century painting. The public will thus be able to discover the different steps of his creation and to recognize the imprint of the different painters who influenced him, and to whom he paid homage. The selection includes, to date, approximately one hundred works, including paintings, drawings and photographs, mostly from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
And don’t forget to head to the Princess Antoinette Park on Friday, for the Traditional Monegasque Picnic, country-styled, festive meal, attended by the royal family, for the Monegasque population.
This joyous official event is a festive way to close the summer. An event organized by the City Council of Monaco, which sent an invitation to the entire national population for an evening which brings together nearly a thousand guests each year. And to which, traditionally, the royal family participates in. On September 6th, the traditional Monegasque picnic will be held at the Princess Antoinette Park.
The evening will begin at 18:00 by the Mass. This annual meeting is reserved for Monegasques and their significant others who will have to present their ID at the entrance.
On the picnic day, starting from 5 pm, there will be free access to the Monaco bus network and parking at the Jardin Exotique car park upon presentation of the Monaco identity card or the invitation.
Also next week the 4th Edition of the most exclusive beauty pageant in the world Miss TheGlam International 2019 will take part in Monaco from 2 to 6 of September 2019. During 4 days of the Contest, delegates from different countries will express themselves in different events and actions, however, the hardest task for them is the participation in Charity Press Conference “Beauty Against Plastic Pollution” where every Candidate has to talk about global problem and offer solutions. The Grand Finale will be held in Fairmont Hotel Monaco on the 5th of September! Beautiful Sale de la Mer will open doors at 7pm and impress honorable guests by the Show of National Costumes, Live Concert, Haute Couture Defile and Delicious dinner!
And if you want to learn more about other events and exhibitions that take place in Monaco these days visit our Calendar.
So have fun and enjoy your weekend!