Artmonte-Carlo 2019 is Bringing Blue-Chip Galleries to the French Riviera

For its fourth edition, the fair is finding its niche with collaborations and a series of special exhibitions.

Artmonte-Carlo, 2017. Objects My Friends. Curated by Martine Bedin.
Installation view of Artmonte-Carlo, 2017. Objects My Friends. Curated by Martine Bedin.

A luxury playground on the Riviera, Monte Carlo is home to opulent casinos, the Grand Prix, and, of late, its very own art fair, artmonte-carlo.

Back for its fourth edition, the young boutique fair is still finding its voice, but doing so with a blue-chip set of exhibitors including Gagosian, Blain|Southern, and Perrotin. This year the fair has foregone its quizzical “contemporary art on private boats” installations, and taken on more significant developments, including a design-focused collaboration with the renowned PAD art fair. With 75 galleries participating, we’ve put together a list of five things to look for as you’re navigating the Grimaldi Forum.

Alicja Kwade, Hypothetisches Gebilde (2017). Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery.

Alicja Kwade, Hypothetisches Gebilde (2017). Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery.

1. The Newcomers

artmonte-carlo’s enviable list of exhibitors is growing. This year, 303 Gallery will join the fair for the first time with a solo exhibition of work by Polish-German artist Alicja Kwade, coinciding with her recently opened Met rooftop installation. Other notable newcomers are White Cube, whose booth will include works by Cerith Wyn Evans, Darren Almond, and Imi Knoebel, and Milan’s Galleria Raffaella Cortese, which will present a focused exhibition of work by Roni Horn.

Roni Horn, Water Teller, No. 5 (2011–14). Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese,

Roni Horn, Water Teller, No. 5 (2011–14). Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese,

2. The Loyalists

Back for the fourth time, Blain|Southern will present what promises to be a captivating solo exhibition by neon-light artist François Morellet. Another fair-veteran, Air de Paris, will show a curated selection of works by Eliza Douglas, Josh Smith, Rob Pruitt, and Sadie Benning, while the eerie yet captivating ceramic works of Czech artist Klara Kristalova will be on view at Perrotin.

Klara Kristalova, Watching the Sleeping Woman (after Rousseau) (2017). Courtesy of Perrotin.

Klara Kristalova, Watching the Sleeping Woman (after Rousseau) (2017). Courtesy Perrotin.

3. Collaboration with PAD Monte Carlo

Following the success of sister fair artgenève’s collaboration with the Pavilion of Art and Design, artmonte-carlo is teaming up with the renowned design fair this year to bring 30 important design and decorative arts galleries to the Grimaldi Forum. The organizers hope to create an encompassing experience, matching contemporary and modern art with PAD’s focus on design, jewelry, and indigenous artworks. And pleasantly, one ticket grants access to both fairs.

Zoe Williams, Installation view of Ceremony of the Void, 2017. Courtesy Galerie Antoine Levi.

Zoe Williams, Installation view of Ceremony of the Void (2017). Courtesy Galerie Antoine Levi.

4. Zoe Williams’ Lavish Ceramics Installation and Performance in a Historic Shipyard

This year, British artist Zoe Williams will present Ruffles, a sumptuous installation and performance, set in the historic RIVA tunnel, a long space that houses boats. With perverse attention to detail, Williams has created ceramic objects, video projections, and scenography that transform the space into a lavish but grotesque world. Amid this setting, six female performers and musicians will create a strange and deliberately theatrical atmosphere. This installation is a development of Ceremony of the Void, a installation presented at the David Roberts Foundation in 2017.

Anna Boghiguian, Sail (2017). Courtesy Collection Silvia Fiorucci Roman, Monaco.

Anna Boghiguian, Sail (2017). Courtesy Collection Silvia Fiorucci Roman, Monaco.

5. Anna Boghiguian’s Sail, on View from a Private Collection

As the fair aims to underscore the depth of Côte d’Azur’s cultural scene, this year guests will have the rare chance to view two works by Anna Boghiguian on loan from the Collection Silvia Fiorucci Roman. Sail and Boat, Alligator and Mickey Mouse Watching the World Passing (both 2017) will both be installed in the Grande Verrière entryway, which promises to become the fair’s social-media hot spot. Yet there is a depth of complication to the Cairo-born artist’s work, which weaves together past and present, personal and global and narratives, and loops in philosophy, literature, and myth.

artmonte-carlo will take place from April 26–28, 2019, at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.


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