Contemporary Art Fair “getting stronger and stronger”


The Art Monaco Contemporary Art Fair returns for its seventh edition in 2016 from October 27 to 30 at the Chapiteau Fontvieille. Since its debut in 2008, Art Monaco has established itself as a platform for cross-cultural exchanges as well as a networking hub for galleries, collectors, artists, enthusiasts, and tastemakers, the organisers say.

Presented by the global event producer Opus Eventi, Art Monaco 2016 will showcase a diverse selection of more than 4,000 works of art from 30 countries. This year’s fair brings together 65 galleries, including Kapopoulos Fine Arts (Greece), Galerie Les Oreades (Moscow), Olga Lomako Studio (UK) and Myanmar Ink Art Gallery (Dubai).

With vernissage-style exhibits during the day and elite black-tie events in the evening, Art Monaco is a series of three private parties. The addition of a new 5000m2 sculpture garden at this year’s fair will add yet another dimension, enabling visitors to admire the beautiful surroundings while enjoying a glass of champagne.

According to director Johnessco Rodriguez, Art Monaco is getting stronger and stronger in terms of its international exposure, with a current presence in more than 52 countries. He says that regardless of the fact it is a small event, Art Monaco attracts important figures from the art world, as well as Hollywood guests and members of royal families.

“Art Monaco’s main objective is to be a platform where both emerging and experienced members of the art industry can find an excuse to enjoy the beauty and exclusivity that Monaco has to offer and, at the same time, create new business opportunities for all of us,” says Mr Rodriguez. “The year 2017 will be very important for us as we will increase not only the size of the show but the activities as well.”

Highlights of this year’s fair include fashion parades featuring recognized designers presenting new collections, live performances by Chanette Manso and Serafino Rudari, a tribute to the famous Italian artist Massimo Gargia, a showcase of three unique and exclusive pieces by British-born artist Benjamin Shine, as well as works by emerging artists Yana Rusnak, Linda Condes, and Maya Jimsheleishvili.

Article first published on October 25, 2017.