Artcurial’s ‘Monaco Sculptures’ Returns With an Array of Modern Masterpieces

Artcurial has debuted the fifth edition of its anticipate sculpture exhibition in Monaco.

César, Hommage à Eiffel (1991). Price realized: €393,600. Courtesy of Artcurial.

Artcurial’s fifth edition of the “Monaco Sculptures” exhibition, developed in partnership with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, debuts this spring featuring a curated selection of significant sculptures dating from across the 20th and 21st centuries. Installed and displayed at a number of iconic establishments within the Principality—including the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Jardin Saint James, Square Beaumarchais, and more. The exhibition comes in preparation for the fifth edition of the Monaco Sculptures sale, which will be held on July 11 at noon at the Salon Belle Epoque of Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. And for those looking to participate in the sweeping summer event and have work from their collection included, consignment remains open through early May.

Steel symetrial sculpture installed in a lush green garden.

Gio Ponti, Angel (1967). Price realized: €262,400. Courtesy of Artcurial.

Coinciding with a number of other summer events taking place in the region this spring and summer, such as Monaco Art Week, Art Monte-Carlo, and the Festival d’Aix en Provence, “Monaco Sculptures” offers a dynamic, exploratory facet to the local and international art scenes. Ahead of the Monaco Sculptures sale this summer, it allows art collectors and enthusiasts alike an unparalleled opportunity to discover first-hand a diverse range of art and artists through public display.

A sculpture of a ram in a gallery space.

François-Xavier Lalanne, Bélier (1997). Price realized: €393,600. Courtesy of Artcurial.

Some of the works included in the previous edition of the sprawling exhibition—which were drawn from the Monaco Sculpture sale 2023—included a monumental steel assemblage sculpture by French sculpture César, also known as César Baldaccini; a shinning symmetrical work by Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti; and a nature-inspired bronze piece by Chinese visual artist Wang Keping. Other notable inclusions are a large-scale KAWS companion, Final Days (2014, price realized €985,000), an iconic Bélier (Ram) by François-Xavier Lalanne from 1997, and figurative work by seminal French Modernist Aristide Maillol, Printemps sans bras (1911, price realized €480,200).

Wang Keping, Petite femme (1999–2011). Price realized: €157,440. Courtesy of Artcurial.

Exhibited across multiple venues and set against the singular backdrop of Monaco’s cultural and natural landscape—and set both indoors and outdoors—visitors may take a self-guided tour to see all that “Monaco Sculpture” has to offer, while simultaneously experiencing the highlights of Monaco. The 2024 edition of “Monaco Sculpture” adds to the programs trajectory of fast becoming an unmissable art world calendar event, tailored to a growing clientele with a discerning taste for the novel and original.

Deadline for consignment ends in early May 2024, with the Monaco Sculptures sale taking place July 11, 2024. “Monaco Sculptures” is on in Monte Carlo through early September 2024; 

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