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Turner: Sublime Legacy exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum

The Grimaldi Forum recently unveiled its big summer exhibition, taking place in collaboration with the Tate, from Saturday 6 July until Sunday 1 September 2024. “Turner, the Sublime Legacy” will putting the renowned English Romantic painter in dialogue with contemporary artists.

Last year, the Claude Monet exhibition brought 120,000 visitors to the Grimaldi Forum. This year, Joseph Mallord William Turner’s pioneering landscapes and explorations of light is quickly becoming one of Monaco’s most-anticipated summer events. The 80 or so pieces were assembled under the direction of Elizabeth Brooke, curator and project leader at the Tate and were displayed in 2021 at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec.

A virtual tour of the exhibition…

The exhibition will open with some of Turner’s first works, created in the heart of English landscape. These preliminary pieces will be paired with iconic artist Richard Long and his 1979 Slate Circle. The exhibition will then rise through majestic mountains, which will be shown alongside with 30 glacier photographs by contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson. Mythological and biblical scenes such as ‘Tobias and the angel’ and ‘Doge’s Palace’, painted in Venice, will be up next. The contemporary response to these vivid pieces will be by Howard Hodgkin, whose Venetian views at night are charged with saturated colours and deep blacks.

Turner (1775–1851) was also known for his depictions of seas and storms. The famous piece, ‘Hurrah! for the Whaler Erebus! Another Fish!’ (1846) will be featured towards the end of the exhibition. The final horizons the artist painted at the end of his life will be paired with Mark Rothkos work. Other contemporary artists featured in the exhibition will include Cornelia Parker, Jessica Warboys, John Akomfrah and Katie Paterson. Turners decisive influence on painting and his outstanding legacy will be woven throughout the 2,000 m2 space as an open and rich dialogue between the artist and his modern counterparts.

Practical Information

Dates: 6 July to 1 September 2024

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Evening hours: Thursdays until 10 p.m. (with some exceptions)

Location: The Ravel Hall at the Grimaldi Forum (10 avenue Princess Grace – 98000 Monaco)

Accessibility: The exhibition is wheelchair accessible

Price: €14 (free for children under 18)

Pre-sale: Now until 30 June at €7 instead of €14

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